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Dorothy Mae Blass

May 4, 1919 - May 6, 2017
From: Early, IA | Originally: Odebolt, IA
Dorothy Mae Blass

Dorothy Mae Blass

Born: May 4, 1919
Died: May 6, 2017
Age: 98
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Dorothy Mae Blass, age 98, of Early, IA, passed away on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Park View Rehabilitation Center in Sac City.  Dorothy Mae Catherine Landgraf was born May 4, 1919, to Albert John and Pearl Elizabeth (Dinges) Landgraf in their family home in Odebolt, IA.  She grew up on the family farm east of Odebolt and later moved south of Early.  She attended country school for two years, finishing out her elementary years at St. Martin’s Catholic School. Dorothy Mae graduated from Odebolt High School with the class of 1936. She completed her education at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake.

     Dorothy Mae was baptized and confirmed her faith at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Odebolt. On May 29, 1941, Dorothy Mae married Raymond Earl “Beans” Blass at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Early, IA, where she became a member. Dorothy Mae and Raymond’s marriage was blessed with four children: Don, Robert, Gene, and Sue. She served as Lector, Eucharistic Minister, was a member of the Guild, and sang in the choir. In later years, she attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sac City.

     Dorothy Mae was a teacher in rural schools for four years, librarian at Early Public Library, and taught at Sacred Heart School in Early for 10 years.  She was a great role model for her children and grandchildren whom she loved dearly.  Dorothy Mae was an avid reader and enjoyed dancing, knitting, crocheting and traveling with her “Special Guy”.  She was an avid Hawkeye Fan and followed the Hawks enthusiastically. Her family brought her great joy and she treasured spending time with them.  After her husband’s death in 2000, she moved to Oak Terrace Estates in Sac City and made many wonderful friends.  She wrote a monthly column for the Sac Sun titled “Along the way with Dorothy Mae”.

     Survivors include her children: Robert (Joyce) Blass of Chariton, IA, Gene (Patricia) Blass of Centennial, CO, and Sue (Gerome) Cox of Spring Hill, FL; grandchildren: Lisa (Matt) Dunahoo, Angie (Tim) Stalder, Elizabeth (Philip Greazel) Blass, Brian (Tara) Blass, Cindy Blass, Jennifer (Geoff) Smith, Nick (Jennifer) Cox, Michell (Dominic) Thompson, and Laura (Aaron) Zmek; great-grandchildren: Rachael and Nathan Dunahoo, Emmaline Blass, Luke and Tyler Hernandez, Amelia Thompson, Max Stalder, Abby, Emma and Owen Zmek; step great-grandchildren: Brittany and Dain Stalder.  Other survivors include her sisters: Barbara Faber of Spencer, Jean Jackson of Davenport, Helen (Paul) Eckerman of Conrad, and Lois (Roger) Kipf of The Villages, FL; her brother George (Margaret) Landgraf of Odebolt; sisters-in-law Jean Blass of Early and Marjorie Blass of Denver, CO; many extended family members and a host of friends.

     Dorothy Mae was preceded in death by her parents; husband Raymond; son Don Blass; sisters: Marianne Landgraf (infant), Mildred Olberding, Marilyn Fitzgerald and Kathleen Determan; and many sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.








Mass of the Christian Burial
10:30 a.m., Wednesday
May 10, 2017
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Early, Iowa
Father John McGuirk
Father Larry McCarty
Deacon Butch Stone
5:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday
7:30 p.m., Rosary
May 9, 2017
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
Sacred Heart Cemetery
Early, Iowa


Friday, May 12, 2017 at 10:27 AM
“I have been thinking and praying for you during this time. Dorothy Mae was an amazing person and wonderful aunt. Sending our love and hugs from California and sorry we could not be there this week. Love, Kathy, Ron, Andrew and Joel Bauer”
- Kathy F Bauer
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 3:09 PM
“My condolences to the family of Dorothy Mae. I will always remember her as one of the best teachers I ever had. A very kind and caring person.”
- Timothy Vonnahme
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 1:40 PM
“Dorothy was my school teacher near Odebolt and I still remember how kind she was as I had just changed schools. She was a remarkable gracious lady and admired by all who knew her. Our love and sympathy go to all her family. Your favorite memories will be with you forever. God's Blessings, Jack Nuetzman and wife Carol. ”
- Carol Nuetzman
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 10:19 AM
“ Dearest Dorothy Mae was my Godmother. Beans was my Godfather. She created happiness and loved deeply. She always remembered my birthday (1943) and I looked forward to her newsy Christmas letter. Dorothy Mae was a gift to all of us that knew her. Her faith carried her, she was devout and true. She joins many friends and family in Heaven.-especially "Beans"--
her Man. Kathleen (Hoskins) Noid”
- Kathleen Hoskins Noid
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 9:41 AM
“Our sympathy to the family of Dorothy Mae. She was a special friend.”
- Margaret and John DeGarmoOur
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 1:48 PM
“My sincere condolences the family of Dorothy Mae Blass. She was such a beautiful person and one that I admired greatly because of her dignity, charm, love and smile. I know that she and my Mom were the best of life-long friends. You are so fortunate that she was able to be with you for such a long and beautiful life, but I'm sure that today she is smiling from her eternal home along with Beans, my Mom and the many friends and family that have gone before her. May she Rest In Peace and may we all continue to learn from her beautiful example.”
- Rhonda Fulcher Coon
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 9:49 AM
“Dear Family and Friends of Dorothy Mae,
Our sincere sympathy to all.
My mother, Jackie Kelley Hoskins Landgraf considered Dorothy Mae her closest friend.
Our families enjoyed each others company for many years.
I still remember the " Merry 8 " and all the good times that were enjoyed by all.
My husband and I stopped in to see Dorothy Mae fall of 2015.
We enjoyed reminiscing, Such a sincere, caring and sweet person.
Her love and wisdom touched many.
Steve and Karole ( Hoskins ) Johnson
- Steve and Karole ( Hoskins ) Johnson
Monday, May 8, 2017 at 3:49 PM
“Was so sad to hear of Dorothy Maes passing, but know that she is in God's hands now. We are distant cousins, on my Grandmothers side of the family, but have corresponded at Christmas and Easter for several year.
She always kept in contact with my Mother who I lost in 2005 and she and her husband paid us a visit
in Arizona several years ago. Wonderful memories, and she has a very loving family that will keep her memory alive.
She was loved by everyone and always kind and thoughtful. She will be missed by all, and may she Rest In Peace.”
- Ginger Ann Treptow
Monday, May 8, 2017 at 3:49 PM
“My sympathies to her family so sorry for your loss”
- Leigh Schultz
Monday, May 8, 2017 at 3:49 PM
“Your mother was the sweetest lady.. She will be surely missed. I last saw her at Mom's funeral. Only one left of the Bridge Club. What fond memories I have of the 4th of July picnics. Don and I were such good friends. May our Heavenly Father give you His love and comfort. Judy”
- Judy Lange Rozek
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