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Dorothy Mae Kooiker

August 11, 1930 — November 23, 2016


September 11, 1930
rural Sibley, Iowa
November 23, 2016
Sheldon, Iowa

After 4 P.M. on Monday, November 28, 2016
Family Present from 5 7 P.M.
Sheldon United Methodist Church; Sheldon, Iowa

11:00 A.M. Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Sheldon United Methodist Church; Sheldon, Iowa
Pastor Kevin Gingerich Officiating

I Can Only Imagine
Solo by: Iesha Toft
The Little Brown Church In The Vale
This World Is Not My Home
Ill Fly Away
Organist: Barb Burns
Violinist: Jan Braaksma

Josh Toft Brandon Kooiker
Elizabeth Newton Nick Kooiker
Chad Klein Sam Klein

Private Family Graveside
Sheridan Township Cemetery
Boyden, Iowa

After todays memorial service, relatives and friends are invited
to join the family in the fellowship hall of the church.

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

Dorothy M. Kooiker

Dorothy Mae Bothof was born September 11, 1930 to William and Henrietta (Rosenboom) Bothof on the highest point in Iowa near Sibley, Iowa. She was the fifth of seven daughters. After farming for several years the family moved to Little Rock, Iowa where her parents owned and operated the Texaco Gas Station. Dorothys father passed away when she was 10 and two years later her mother moved the family to Sheldon, Iowa.
Dorothy worked a variety of jobs growing up. One of her favorites was working at the theater. Dorothy enjoyed going to movies with family and friends. Dorothy loved to skate and would help children lace up skates so she could skate free. Dorothy graduated from Sheldon High School in 1948 and eventually found an enjoyable place working for J.C. Penny. She worked there until her marriage to Wilferd Wow. When Dorothy was 17 she picked Wow for Ladys Choice at the skating rink and so began their journey. They were married January 1, 1951 at the Little Brown Church in the Vale, Nashua, Iowa. They had three children and eventually moved to the Kooiker family farm near Boyden.
Dorothy had a zest for life. She loved her family and helping Wow on the farm. She was active in church and was ready to help wherever needed. Dorothy enjoyed entertaining, bowling and fishing. Willing to try any new adventure, Dorothy ran the Boyden Drive Inn, raised dogs and at 55 went to Kansas City to floral design school. Dorothy opened A Country Florist in Sheldon and operated it for over 20 years. She was always friendly and honest to the penny, which was instilled in her from her father and mother.
Left to cherish her memory is her husband Wilferd Wow Kooiker of Sheldon; son Rodney and his son Brandon Kooiker; son Curtis (Susanne) and their children Elizabeth (Sherwin) Newton and Nick (Mandy) Kooiker and; daughter Cindi (Tim) Klein and their sons Josh (Iesha) Toft, Chad Klein, and Sam (Alicia) Klein; eight great grandchildren; siblings Marguerite Bothof, Pauline Muller and Idelle (Don) Mastbergen, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, sister Harriet Bothof, sister Carol and husband Derwood Getting, sister Martha and husband Henry Kruse and brother-in-law George Muller.
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