Dorothy A. Fickbohm

dorothy fickbohm
Dorothy A. Fickbohm, age 87, of New Hampton, IA died on Monday, June 1, 2009 at New Hampton Care Center.Dorothy Ann Fickbohm was born on January 24, 1922 to Otto and Sophia (Baas) Wichtendahl on the family farm near Lotts Creek, IA in Kossuth County. She was the youngest of four children. Dorothy attended Lotts Creek Parochial School through eighth grade and graduated from Fenton High School in 1940. After graduation she was employed at A.S.C. office in Algona, IA until 1944 when she united in marriage to Thomas Joseph Fickbohm on January 1, 1944 at St. Josephs Rectory in Wesley, IA. After their marriage Dorothy and Thomas lived on farms near Titonka and Forest City, IA. They moved to Chickasaw County in 1950 and farmed near Fredericksburg and New Hampton until moving to an acreage on Hwy 24 just east of New Hampton in 1973. Dorothy was employed at the kitchens of Sara Lee for 15 years until retiring in 1987. Dorothy enjoyed gardening, playing cards, bingo, church dinners, and especially her friends. She also enjoyed traveling, camping, and fishing with her husband Thomas until his death on October 7, 1990. Dorothy spent many days volunteering her time at the hospital and Senior Center in New Hampton. She was a member of Holy Family Parish-St. Josephs Center. Dorothy is survived by her five children, Barbara (Len) Kulish of Marion, IA, Roger (Gayle) Fickbohm of Wayzata, MN, Thomas (Audrey) Fickbohm of West Des Moines, IA, Larry (Gayle Gonsior) Fickbohm of Port Wing, WI, and Eileen (Jim) Gebel of New Hampton, IA; 18 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Thomas; one son Richard; two grandsons Matthew Fickbohm and infant Justin Gebel; two daughters in law Darlene and Sharon Fickbohm; one sister Hilda Bollinger; and two brothers Wilmer and Ed Wichtendahl. Cemetery: Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery with Dorothys grandsons, Christopher Kulish, Craig Kulish, Michael Kulish, Brandon Fickbohm, Tom Fickbohm Jr., Lucas Fickbohm, Jared Gebel, and Shane Fickbohm serving as casket bearers. Visitation: Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home in New Hampton with a scriptural wake service at 6:00 pm. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Service: Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 am on Thursday, June 4, 2009 at Holy Family Parish- St. Josephs Catholic Church, in New Hampton, IA with Father John Harple and Msgr. Carl Schmitt as co-celebrants.

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  1. Eileen Jim and family, sorry to hear about your loss. It’s hard to lose someone you love. Know that out thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Lynn & Dee Boeding and faimly

  2. Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with all of you at this sad time. We worked with youir mother at Sara Lee and I would see her at the bank quite often and she always spoke of you all. She was so proud of the twins of Brad and Stacy and had pictures of them to show me. She will be missed. Ken & Jeanine Douglas

  3. Roger and Gayle, I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  4. To Dorothy’s Family, our prayers are with you as you grieve the loss of Dorothy, friend and volunteer of Mercy Medical Center – New Hampton. Dorothy’s many years of service to the hospital as a volunteer and auxiliary member have helped improve the lives of our patients, our auxiliary and our staff. She will be missed! May the special memories you have sustain you and bring you comfort. Sincerely, Francie Crawford, volunteer coordinator

  5. We enjoyed a bus trip with the Fickbohms many years ago, It was the best trip we ever took.and everytime we saw her at the Hospital it was a real joy. She was a lovely person, and we will keep her in our prayers…
    Keith & Avis Roethler

  6. To the family of Dorothy our thought, prayers and sympathy go out to you. Dorothy was a dear Sara friend. Enjoyed working with her. When met her somewhere in New Hampton always had a smile, and take time to visit. Will miss her.

  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Dorothy worked with us at Sara Lee for many years. She was always so funny-she had a sense of humor that was unique. She always talked about her children and grandchildren and was so very proud of all of you. We will keep her in our prayers.
    Bob and Cyndy

  8. Just want you know how sorry we are for the lost of the last of all our parents. Aunt Dorothy was always a delight when her and Uncle Tom came out to Idaho for a visit. I ‘ll never forget those great memories. You are all are in my prayers.

  9. To Dorothy’s family,
    We worked with Dorothy at Sara Lee for years and always enjoyed the stories she shared about her family. She was a soft-spoken women that had a offbeat sense of humor. You never quite knew what was going to come out of her mouth next. We haven’t seen her since we moved to Arizona, but know she will be missed by her many friends.

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