In memory of

Dorothy Stodden

March 28, 1942 - April 1, 2018
From: Lake View, IA
Dorothy  Stodden

Dorothy Stodden

Born: March 28, 1942
Died: April 1, 2018
Age: 76
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   In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to the Dorothy Stodden Memorial Scholarship. 


   Dorothy Anne Stodden, 76, of Lake View, Iowa went to sing in God’s choir on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018. Dorothy Anne Hatch was born on March 28, 1942 in Dell Rapids, South Dakota to Harry and Hazel (Streeter) Hatch. She was the third of three children.

   Dorothy graduated from high school in Dell Rapids, South Dakota before she attended the University of South Dakota where she earned a degree in Music Education & Performance. After graduating college, Dorothy was employed as a music teacher in Rock Rapids and Milford-Doon School Districts.  After moving to Lake View, she co-taught as a preschool teacher before dedicating 30 years of teaching music at Lake View-Auburn and Schaller-Crestland.

   Dorothy married James Patrick Stodden on June 8, 1968 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dell Rapids, South Dakota and they made their first home in Early, Iowa. They briefly lived in Rockwell City before purchasing an acreage in Lake View, Iowa where they raised their three children. In this home, Dorothy taught them about dedication, hard work, and the value of an education.

   Passionate about music, Dorothy shared her love of music with multiple generations of families, teaching them the famous “Lollipop Tree” song. Teaching children of her former students always brought a smile to Dorothy’s face.  As the matriarch of the “von Stodden” family singers, Dorothy loved to listen to her children and grandchildren sing throughout her life. In her spare time she was also the Director of the Sac County Chords and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Choir for 40+ years, singing whatever part was needed!

   Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Harry & Hazel Hatch, and one brother, Robert Hatch. Dorothy is survived by her husband, James Stodden; her oldest son, Michael Stodden of Elkhorn, Nebraska (Alex, Sydney); her second son David & his wife Robin Stodden of Irmo, South Carolina (Kennedy, Katherine, Christian, Camden); her daughter Laura & her husband Matt Miller of Ankeny, Iowa (Grace, Anna, Claire, Thomas, Emma); and her brother John Hatch of Pierre, South Dakota.


Mass of the Christian Burial
9:30 a.m., Saturday
April 7, 2018
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Sac City, Iowa

Father Joe Dillinger
Deacon Butch Stone
5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday
April 6, 2018
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Sac City, Iowa

4:30 p.m., Rosary
7:00 p.m., Vigil Service
Wall Lake Cemetery
Wall Lake, Iowa


Monday, April 9, 2018 at 3:38 PM
“Realizing this is a late condolence, but want to convey my sympathies to the "VonStodden" family. It was a pleasure to sing in the County Chords with Dorothy in the early years, but also to accompany Dorothy on occasion when she sang. She was so much fun and it was a pleasure to be with her. She taught my children during the Lollipop years and I actually could sing it. It has also been an honor to accompany her talented children enjoying listening to their voices. What fun!! So many good memories and I'm sure Dorothy is singing, or directing, some heavenly choir now in her perfect nature. God bless you all and may He wrap his loving arms around you during this time and in the days ahead.”
- Susan Barney
Monday, April 9, 2018 at 9:18 AM
“Jim, Mike, David, Laura and Family, Sorry for you loss of such a lively and loving person. Dorothy and your family were always very good to the Bohnenkamps and we will keep you all in our prayers.”
- Jeff & Mary Ann Bohnenkamp
Monday, April 9, 2018 at 9:18 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with the Stodden Family. My first year of teach, upon graduation from the Univ. of South Dakota, was good ol' WLVA. I shared the Music/Band room with Dorothy in Lake View. It was great, she helped guide me to the "in's and out's" of being that first year teacher. Passion, that's the word I'd use to describe Dorothy in her ways of teaching, mentoring and be a family member. To my "USD" friends, Mike and David, I'm sorry for your loss! You're Mom was a great friend and teacher, whom I'll always cherish my times with. Best Wishes to you all! -Chris”
- Chris Crandell
Monday, April 9, 2018 at 9:18 AM
“Deepest sympathy. Alway enjoyed visiting with her when she came into Dollar General.”
- K'Lee Naberhaus
Monday, April 9, 2018 at 9:18 AM
“You are all in our thoughts and prayers. As you sorrow remember all of the good times.
Sincerely Pat and Verdi Maunu
- Pat Maunu
Monday, April 9, 2018 at 9:18 AM
“I am so sorry to hear of Dorothy death. I used to sing in the choir with her.”
- Faith Villhauer
Monday, April 9, 2018 at 9:18 AM
“Jim and family, So sorry to hear of Dorothy's passing. Remember you both when you were in Early and starting out in life together. Now we go by your home whenever we go to Lake View and I think of you. Last time I saw Dorothy was in grocery store in Sac City probably year ago. Thinking of you and your family and keeping you in our prayers for peace that only God can give us. Don & Mary Ellen Hatch”
- Donald Hatch
Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 7:44 PM
“I know the Angels were singing the Lollipop Tree song as Dorothy arrived in Heaven”
- Gordon and Patricia Cochran
Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 4:25 PM
“Dorothy was always ready & willing to help with our music programs for St.Maryís CCD. She had amazing talent that we all appreciated! Our sympathies to Jim & your family! We will all miss her!”
- Jan Engler
Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 2:39 PM
“So sorry to hear of this news. Dorothy was such an icon in the music programs that happened for years in the Lake View area. Thoughts and prayers to Jim and the family.”
- Rachel Peters
Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 2:39 PM
“Dorothy and I graduated from USD together. Jon and I attended Jim and Dorothyís wedding. We didnít see each other very often over the years but always exchanged Christmas (New Yearks) cards. I didnít get a card sent this year as Jon died of a heart attack on January 10 in Mesa AZ. Our family understands the grief that you are experiencing. I will be praying for all of you. Dorothy was a wonderful musician, teacher and friend. ”
- Carole Heider
Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 2:39 PM
“I worked with Dorothy at Wall Lake View Auburn and always enjoyed visiting with her. My sympathy to her family.”
- Judith Jepsen
Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 2:39 PM
“Stodden family, I fondly remember your mom when she sang with my mother. She always had a smile on her face, joy in her heart, and music to share. She will be dearly missed. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Jennifer (Roose) Quest
Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 2:39 PM
“My sympathy to Dorothyís family. I was a member of the County Chords and always enjoyed the practices and performances. She was so talented. Godís blessings to the family.”
- Karen Grieme
Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 2:39 PM
“We will never forget the lollipop tree! Dorothy will be remembered by young and old for her musical talents. Whenever I saw her about in town she would always make a point to stop and chat with me. Ask about my kids and keep me informed about her family. She was my childrenís music teacher, played at my wedding, and memories of going to the stodden home in my high school days are fond memories! ”
- Wendy Meisheid
Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 2:39 PM
“I'm so sorry to hear of Dorothy's passing. I enjoyed working with her at Schaller. She knew how to put on a great elem. music program. ”
- Janet Christensen
Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 2:38 PM
“Dear Ones, Terry and I were so very sorry to hear of Dorothy's passing. We have some very fond memories of her, you, Jim, and all you kids. What wonderful times we had in that choir loft and practice times, etc. You are all in our prayers. We would love to be with you as you celebrate a life well-lived; however, snow is on the way here and it makes travel for us very iffy. We send our love and prayers to you all. Mariann and Terry Alcorn”
- Mariann Alcorn
Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 2:38 PM
“Stodden Family,

I am greatly sorry to hear the passing of Dorothy! I was shocked to hear this news. I had her as an elementary student at Schaller-Crestland from kindergarten through 5th Grade. Her passion for music I truly believe was why I developed such a passion for music and singing. Her concerts were always well planned. I also loved Christmas time as well when we so generously would share with us her nutcracker collection and The Nutcracker musical film. Sending love and prayers to all.
- Brian Bode
Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 2:38 PM
“I had the pleasure of teaching with Dorothy for 15 years. From the first time I met her, I called her "Craze", never Dorothy or Mrs. Stodden, just Craze. When students came to me to start on a band instrument, all I had to do was show them which fingers to use, Craze had taught them well indeed. She touched the lives of hundreds of students as well as everyone that ever met her. Rest in peace, Craze, you've earned it.”
- Denny Miller
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 2:19 PM
“Dear Stodden Family,
My sincerest thoughts and prayers for you all at this time of Dorothy's passing. She was an excellent music teacher and wonderful lady. She helped many of us get our foundation in music in how to sing and enjoy it and to appreciate what music brought to our world. Many years ago, I got the Lollipop Tree lyrics from her so I could share them with my own children and those I teach, I am thankful to carry on this memory of my childhood. Who could ever forget her big cardboard lollipop trees? We are all blessed to have known her and had her in our lives. May God comfort you at this time. Sending our love. The Maurers”
- Angela (Riedell) Maurer
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 10:23 AM
“Dear Jim and family, I am deeply saddened for the loss you are feeling right now. I was concerned when I did not receive her usual Christmas card. I know how much she loved you from all of the family pictures and news that we've received over the years, and I can only imagine how much you love and miss her. We will hold you close to our hearts in the days ahead and send you every blessing. Joseph and Helen”
- Joseph S. Glosemeyer
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 10:23 AM
“My deepest sympathy to the family of Dorothy. She was a very special person to me as a music teacher, an employee of the Schaller-Crestland CSD, and a very special person to my Mom. Dorothy could handle anything that was given to her. It might have been her health, her music classes or a student concert. If she didn't like something, she would let you know about it, but always took it in stride. Dorothy loved her family and always had pictures to share with me, she was a great person. May she rest in peace. ”
- Julie McClintic
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 2:03 PM
“My heartfelt sympathies to the Stodden family. I had Dorothy as a music teacher in Nemaha and remember her fondly. I can still sing some of the songs that she had taught us! I remember once during music class, I had broken down because my dog had just died. She was so kind to me (even though I felt ridiculous for crying in class!). Heather, I'm not sure if you remember me, but Justin and I have memories of many good laughs with you. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God surround you all in His comforting arms and give you peace with many warm memories.”
- Theresa Struchen Melohn
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 2:03 PM
“Keeping all of you in thoughts and prayers...Dorothy was an amazing lady and will be missed dearly”
- Ron and Cindy WIlliams
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 2:03 PM
- don and dee cole
Monday, April 2, 2018 at 3:40 PM
“I'm sorry to hear about Dorothy. I did not expect to see Dorothy Stodden's name on the list at Farber Otteman and will pass along this news to Jim's high school classmates. Jim and Dorothy were a great couple. She will be missed by all of us, and we must reach out to Jim in his time of sorrow. Dorothy is in the arms of Jesus. May God bless the family.”
- Karen Riddle
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