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Dorothy Mae Grave

December 12, 1923 — December 10, 2018

IN LOVING MEMORY
DOROTHY M. GRAVE

BORN
December 12, 1923
Rock County, Minnesota
PASSED AWAY
December 10, 2018
Sheldon, Iowa

FUNERAL SERVICE
10:30 A.M. Monday, December 17, 2018
Vander Ploeg Funeral Home; Sheldon, Iowa
Rev. Craig Nissen ~ Officiating

Visitation
with family present will be from 5 – 6 P.M.
on Sunday, December 16, 2018
at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon.

CONGREGATIONAL HYMNS
“Softly and Tenderly”
“Just A Closer Walk With Thee”
Keyboardist: Amanda Huizenga

HONORARY CASKET BEARERS
Keith Grotluschen Bernie Wissink
Ron Tanner
CASKET BEARERS
Seth Huizenga Amanda Huizenga
Willard Huizenga Lynn Grotluschen
Chris Grotluschen John Grotluschen

FINAL RESTING PLACE
Evergreen Cemetery
George, Iowa

Arrangements under the care of the
Vander Ploeg Funeral Home; Sheldon, Iowa

DOROTHY GRAVE
Dorothy Mae Grotluschen was born December 12, 1923 to John and Linda (Linke) Grotluschen in Rock County, Minnesota. She was raised on the farm, educated in the area and graduated from high school in Rock Rapids, Iowa. On November 14, 1942, she was united in marriage to Earl Grave of Ashton, Iowa. They lived a short time in Ashton and they later moved to Sheldon, Iowa. Earl passed away in October of 2004 in Sibley, Iowa. She worked at Hollander’s 5 & 10 for several years and later at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company putting in 20 years of service. She was able to learn to drive at the age of 40. After Earl’s death she remained in the family home and moved to the Sanford Senior Care in April of 2017. She passed away at the Senior Care on Monday, December 10, 2018, reaching the age of 94 years, eleven months and twenty-eight days.
Dorothy was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheldon and was active with the American Legion Auxiliary and the Red Hats Society. She loved playing cards and was part of a card club.
Dorothy is survived by beloved nieces and nephews and other relatives and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl; her parents, a brother, Wilford (Bill) Grotluschen, and sisters-in-law, Hazel Grotluschen and Henrietta Grotluschen.
Memorials may be directed to
the Stephens Ministry
at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheldon.

“Going Home”
author unknown

To each of us now if we could see him:
When I am gone, release me, let me go –
I have so many things to see and do.
You mustn’t tie yourself to me with tears,
Be happy that we had so many years.
I gave you my love. You can only guess
How much you gave to me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown,
But now it’s time I traveled on alone.
So grieve a while for me, if grieve you must,
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It’s only for a while that we must part
So Bless the memories within your heart.
I won’t be far away, for life goes on
So if you need me, call and I will come.
Though you can’t see or touch me. I’ll be near
And if you listen with your heart, you’ll hear
All my love around you soft and clear.
And then, when you must come this way alone,
I’ll greet you with a smile, and say:
“Welcome Home!”
To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Dorothy Mae Grave, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation

Sunday, December 16, 2018

5:00 - 6:00 pm (Central time)

Vander Ploeg Funeral Home - Sheldon

724 Sixth Avenue , Sheldon, IA 51201

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Service

Monday, December 17, 2018

10:30 - 11:15 am (Central time)

Vander Ploeg Funeral Home - Sheldon

724 Sixth Avenue , Sheldon, IA 51201

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