Dorothy Jean Vorwald
September 5, 1929 ~ March 30, 2013
Dorothy Jean Vorwald, age 83 of Elma, Iowa and formerly of New Hampton, IA died on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton. Dorothy Jean Franklin was born on September 5, 1929 to Ernest and Lillie (Gabrielsen) Franklin in Waterloo, IA. She graduated from East Waterloo High School. Dorothy moved to New Hampton and was employed at Schueth Hardware. Dorothy was united in marriage to Merle Vorwald on May 26, 1962 at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hampton. After their marriage the couple made their home in New Hampton where they raised their two children, Debra and Michael. She worked at Hillandale Eggs, Ben Franklin and the Cresco Care Center in Cresco, IA. She enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, bowling, camping, reading, crossword puzzles, music and especially her grandchildren and family. She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Elma. Dorothy is survived by her daughter Debra (Don) Morrison of Elma, IA and son Michael Vorwald of Sheboygan, WI; her grandchildren Courteney (Ron) Boenig, Zaccariah Refshauge and Dillon (KC Mishak) Refshauge; brother Donald Franklin of Waterloo, IA and nieces and nephews. Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents Ernest and Lillie Franklin; husband Merle Vorwald on August 10, 2012; and brothers Robert and Keith Franklin. Cemetery: Burial will be in New Hampton Cemetery at New Hampton, Iowa. May be directed to the family. Visitation will be from 2:00-4:00pm on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton, Iowa. Memorial services will be at 4:00pm on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton, Iowa with Pastor David Byrd officiating..