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Dorothy  Dittman

Dorothy A. Dittman

January 8, 1936 - January 28, 2021
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Obituary

Dorothy Dittman, age 85, living most of her life in Clinton, Iowa, but most recently of Waukon, Iowa, died Thursday, January 28, 2021 at the Good Samaritan Society in Waukon. Dorothy Ann was born January 8, 1936, to Herbert L. A. and Esther M. (Benzing) Schlitter in Waukon.

After marrying Emil A. Friedlein on June 29, 1953, they farmed in Monona, Iowa, and had their three children together, but then later divorced. Dorothy moved to Clinton, Iowa June 30, 1962, when she wed her husband of 36 years, Lyle R. Connor, Jr., who passed away October 4, 1998. Lyle had three sons of his own, and together they had multiple foster children. She later married Harold L. Dittman, of Wauzeka, Wisconsin, on July 19, 2003, divorced, and eventually returned to her birthplace, and final residence, Waukon.

She was educated in Waukon and Monona Elementary Schools, Monona High School, and Clinton Community College.

Dorothy farmed and worked in restaurants for eight years until 1961. From 1962 on, she worked in clerical positions for Jim Walters Corp, Clinton Corn (ADM), and Drives, Inc. Before retiring in 2002, she worked 26 years for the Iowa Department of Human Services. She also volunteered for Mercy Hospital’s Home Care and Hospice.

She loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing; enjoyed traveling, playing the piano, and singing in the church choir, and was always ready for a card game.

She was currently a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Waukon, and was a long-term member of Evangelical Free Church in Clinton (where she held numerous positions), Moose Lodge 363, Clinco Senior Class, Silver Advantage at Mercy Hospital South, Christian Women’s Club, and Prime Time at Clinton National Bank.

Dorothy is survived by two of her three children, all seven grandchildren, and 11 of 13 great-grandchildren. Her daughter, Julie Bott; grandson, Michael Bott, and granddaughter, Katie (Tim) Lingle, all of Rockledge, FL. Her daughter, Mari (Curtis) Kruse; granddaughter Kristen (Morgan) Hamilton, both of Fort Worth, TX. Grandson, Lucas (Betsy) Kruse of Sanford, FL, and granddaughter, Jaci (Stephen) Brush of Simpsonville, SC. Additionly, grandson, Damon (Aimee) Friedlein of Stockton, IL, and granddaughter, Angie (Jayson) Adams of Freeport, IL.

She was preceded in death by her oldest child, Gordon Friedlein, and his wife, Lona Friedlein, and two of their grandchildren, Linzy Friedlein and Haile Adams. Also her parents, and her sister, Lorna M. (Floyd) Friedlein.

Burial will be in Clinton Lawn Cemetery, Clinton, IA.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Memorials made can be directed to the family.

Fond memories and condolences for Dorothy’s family may be shared at www.lemkefuneralhomes.com, obituary page.
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Rhonda & Stacey Robertson

Posted at 10:56am
Our deepest sympathies to you all. Dorothy's smile and kindness was amazing, I remember her from time I worked at hospital. Those girls in pink know how to have fun, showed me to enjoy life. Thank you Dorothy showing me that. God bless.
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