Dorothy Hilgendorf, 98


July 5, 1920 —
July 19, 2018
Charles City - Dorothy M. Hilgendorf,  age 98 of Charles City, Iowa died Thursday, July 19 at Chautauqua Guest Homes in Charles City.  
Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 30, 2018  at 11 a.m. at the  St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Charles City, with family and friends visitation one hour prior to the service.  
Dorothy Mae Dvorak was born in Cresco, Iowa on July 5, 1920. She graduated from Cresco High School in1937. On June 29, 1942 she was united in marriage to Harvey C. Hilgendorf at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Maple Leaf, Iowa. 
Starting in the early 1950s, she owned her antique and appraisal business on Gilbert Street in Charles City, making a multitude of friendships state-wide.
She had  been a member of the St. John Lutheran Church, Elks and Moose Lodges, Charter member of the Ladies Ducks Unlimited,  Charter member of the Cedar Valley Hospital Auxiliary and Gift Shop Coordinator and member of the select Oliverette Tractor Drivers for promotions and entertainment for the Oliver Corporation.
Dorothy’s interests and leisure activities included gourmet  cooking and entertaining for family and friends from six to 60, including enviable table presentations as well.  Competitive fishing, social golfing, bird watching and gardening were also her passions. She greatly enjoyed playing bridge and all cards, bingo, puzzles and other challenging games.   Reading was a special pastime with The Bible her favorite book for guidance  and sharing.   
She cherished celebrations and anticipated parades, especially July 4th, for her own pre-birthday event, of course!  She dearly loved her town and community, with a helping hand to always serve.
Those grateful for having had the privilege of sharing in her life are her two sons, Jim (Judy) Hilgendorf of Clear Lake, Iowa and Bill Hilgendorf of Zephyr Cove, Nev.; two grandchildren, Darcy (Darian) Hala of Eden Prairie, Minn. and David  (Taline) Hilgendorf of Dripping Springs, Texas; a great-grandson,  Hudson Hala of Eden Prairie; her sister, Marjorie (Robert) Gardner; sister-in-law, Mary Kach; and numerous special nieces and nephews.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey;  brother, Maynard Kach; sister, Geraldine Downs; and daughter-in-law, Mary Hilgendorf.
Fullerton Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Charles City is charge of arrangements. Memorials may be sent to the family at 212  12th Ave. S., Clear Lake, IA 50428, if desired.

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