Dorothy Mae Elgin, 88, of Farley, formerly of Bankston, passed away Monday, Dec. 28, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque.
Visitation for Dorothy was 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 2, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Farley.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Dorothy was at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 2, at St. Clement Catholic Church in Bankston, with Rev. Scott Boone officiating. Eucharistic Minister was Pat Lehmann. Lector was Vicky Coyle. Placing the pall were Betty Ludwig, Linda Elgin, Madonna Gibbs and Robert Elgin. The mass was live streamed on the St. Elizabeth Pastorate Facebook page. Burial was in St. Clement Cemetery in Bankston. Casketbearers for Dorothy were Marty Gibbs, Hugh Coyle, Steve Ludwig, Joe Ludwig, Richie Ludwig, Steve Ehrlich, Rick Ehrlich and Jamie Ehrlich.
Dorothy was born June 11, 1932, in Dubuque, daughter of Nick and Stella V. (Hess) Elgin. She graduated from St. Clement High School. She was a member of St. Clement Parish in Bankston.
Dorothy was a compassionate and caring person who prided herself in helping others, especially taking care of her mom for so many years. Being the second oldest of 15 children, Dorothy did a lot of the cooking and caring for her younger siblings, not to mention helping with her nieces and nephews throughout the years. She also shared many of her recipes with family and we will be forever grateful to her for that.
Dorothy enjoyed being with family and friends, especially playing cards with her sisters, nieces, and friends. She also enjoyed going out for supper. One of her favorite places was Bluff Lake for fish. Dorothy’s witty comments will be with us forever. Even in her final hours with us, she still continued to use one of her favorite sayings, “You are so good looking!” Dorothy was one-of-a-kind and she will be greatly missed.
She is survived by six sisters: Rosemary Kruse of Bankston, Lou Ann Deutmeyer of Dyersville, Sharon Ludwig of Dyersville, Betty (Dave) Ludwig of Worthington, Linda Elgin of Dubuque and Madonna (Dan) Gibbs of Farley; three brothers: Robert (Gladys) Elgin of Peosta, Willis (Dorothy) Elgin of Delhi and Marvin Elgin of Bankston; brother-in-law, Vince Ehrlich of Dubuque; sister-in-law, Mae Elgin of Dyersville; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters: Grace (Larry) Davis, Diane Ehrlich and Darlene (Ralph) Kramer; two brothers, James (Theresa) Elgin and Donald F. Elgin; brothers-in-law: Dan Kruse, Bill Deutmeyer and Thomas Ludwig; one niece, Colleen Deutmeyer; and two nephews, Kerry Kruse and Jim Davis.
The family would like to thank Mercy One and Hawkeye Care Center for all the care they provided to Dorothy.
Memorials may be sent to: Reiff Funeral Home, ATTN: Dorothy Mae Elgin family, P.O. Box 99, Farley, IA 52046. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com.