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Dorothy S. Buch

Friday, January 19, 2018
6:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Peterson Mortuary
212 S. Locust Street
Glenwood, Iowa 51534

Saturday, January 20, 2018
10:30 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church
512 2nd Street
Glenwood, Iowa 51534


Dorothy S. Buch, age 102, entered into rest at Linnwood Estates on Saturday, January 13, 2018. She was born August 12, 1915 in Mills County to Christoph and Hattie (Schultz) Green. At the age of six months after the death of her mother, she was raised by her aunt and uncle, Sarah and Leon Wait.

Dorothy attended Plumer Country School and then Glenwood High School, graduating in 1932. On March 9, 1938 she married Carl H. Buch. They were blessed with daughters Eleanor, Carol, and JoAn. In addition to raising their daughters, Dorothy was a busy farm wife, mother, and homemaker, while gardening, raising chickens, sewing, and tending the lawn and flowers.

Carl and Dorothy were charter members of Trinity Lutheran Church where she served as pianist and organist for 35 years. Other activities within the church included serving in various offices of the Dorcas Circle and participating in weekly quilting. She was a 4-H leader for many years, a member of the Rural Improvement Club, and a volunteer at Glen Haven and the Mills County Historical Museum. As a charter member of the Heritage Club, she enjoyed her travels throughout the country and abroad. For many years Dorothy also taught piano lessons.

Later in life Dorothy enjoyed reading, playing cards, making quilts for missions, viewing television, and feeding her bird friends. Her keen sense of humor and love for her family, church, and friends will be treasured by those who knew this very special woman. The family is especially grateful for the care and support given by the staff at Linnwood Estates.

Preceding Dorothy in passing were her parents, husband, siblings (Emma, Mildred, Martha, and Alfred), and great-granddaughter, Sophia Marie Myers.

Survivors include her daughters Eleanor (Rex) Thomas of Mt. Pleasant, Carol Harless of Glenwood, and JoAn (John) Collins of Mason City; grandchildren David (Judith) Thomas, Susan (Scott) Skolnick, Lynda (Richard II “Chip”) Frailey, Jeffrey (Cherie) Harless, Bradley (Molly) Myers, 10 great grandchildren, six great-great grandchildren, extended relatives and friends, and special friends Tara “Sara” and Jason Fichter and family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to Trinity Lutheran Church or the Mills County Historical Museum.

Interment will be held in the Glenwood Cemetery.

3 Condolences

  • Brenda Draper Posted January 14, 2018 8:17 pm

    So sorry to hear of Dorothy’s passing. May the Lord be with you all. Thoughts and prayers.

  • Harold and Barbara Kaiman Posted January 15, 2018 4:56 pm

    Harold and I enjoyed your mother’s warm and gentle manner. She was such a joy to be near. She quietly added much to the lives of those around her. May you find joy in your memories.

  • Rich and Diane Poole Posted January 18, 2018 1:40 pm

    Whenever we were in town we stopped by to visit. Even though we came unannounced, Dorothy had a welcoming smile for us, and was glad for the visit. She even showed us a sparkle of humor the last time we were there, hurrying with her walker toward the lunch room, offering to race. Take care, we are thinking of you.

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