Dorothy A. Fickbohm
January 24, 1922 ~ June 1, 2009
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.