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Dorothy Midland

Dorothy Midland (Opheim)

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Dorothy Jean Midland passed away on March 24, 2019, at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She was surrounded by many beloved family members as a courageous 3-year battle with Lymphoma and an auto-immune blood disease came to an end. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 29, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Webster City. Burial will follow the services at Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Foster Funeral and Cremation Center on Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Dorothy Jean Opheim was born on January 29, 1938 to William (Willie) and Rachel Opheim on the family farm east of Thor. She grew up on the farm and attended Ullensvang Lutheran Church in Thor. She attended elementary school in Thor and graduated from Eagle Grove High School in 1956.
After graduation, she attended Eagle Grove Junior College and worked as a secretary at the Eagle Grove High School. On August 9, 1959, she married Marvin Lee Midland of Eagle Grove. They moved to Ames, where Marvin attended Iowa State University. She worked as a secretary at the College of Engineering for 2 years.
The family moved to Webster City in 1961 after Marvin graduated from Iowa State University. He began teaching at the Webster City Junior High. She was a dedicated homemaker and mom. In 1974, she began working in the office at McMurray Hatchery in Webster City on a seasonal basis. She worked there until her retirement in 2004.
Dorothy was interested in many things. Marvin and Dorothy opened their home to many foster children over the years. She had been very active with church activities and circle at Trinity Lutheran Church in Webster City where she was a member since 1961. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed baking, especially bread and cinnamon rolls. She enjoyed reading, traveling, meeting with her red-hat group and having lunch with friends from McMurray Hatchery. She especially loved visiting with family and friends and was always interested in how everyone was doing.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by husband Marvin of Webster City; children, Richard Midland of Mukilteo, WA, David Midland of Council Bluffs (Jean Midland of Dakota Dunes, SD), Gary (Kim) Midland of Faribault, MN; grandchildren, Joshua Midland of Dakota Dunes, SD, Connor and Collin Midland of Faribault, MN; foster daughter, Linda Downs of Fort Dodge and Alexandria Downs and Ali’s daughter Persephone (Perci) of Fort Dodge; siblings, Carolyn Kallem of Iowa Falls, Arlene Opheim of Fort Dodge, James Opheim of rural Eagle Grove, John (Diane) Opheim of Humboldt, and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great nephews and cousins.
The family is very grateful to all the Doctors, nurses and staff at McFarland Clinic in Webster City and Ames, Van Diest Medical Center, Mary Greeley Medical Center and the Bliss Cancer Center in Ames and the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home in Fort Dodge.
In lieu of flowers, memorials will be given to Trinity Lutheran Church.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.fosterfuneralandcremation.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 28th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Thursday, March 28th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Foster Funeral and Cremation Center
    Address
    800 Willson Ave
    Webster City, Iowa 50595
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  • Service

    Friday, March 29th, 2019 | 10:30am
    When
    Friday, March 29th, 2019 10:30am
    Location
    Trinity Lutheran Church
    Address
    1229 Kathy Lane
    Webster City, Iowa 50595
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Posted at 09:47pm
Sending our love. Ed and Joan Farquhar, Mark and Louise Midland, John, Katie and Lane Anderson, Drew Midland and Melissa McCann.
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Teresa Rotschafer

Posted at 09:20am
Dorothy was one of the most thoughtful and caring individuals I have known. Over the past ten years or so we have exchanged our "issues" with auto-immune diseases and no matter how bad she may have been feeling the day I would see her, she always asked me how I was. The cards I received, generated by Dorothy and her Circle, were always such a blessing. She will be missed by many but is hurting no longer. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Marv and the entire family. Teresa Rotschafer

Rob Chalfant

Posted at 06:41pm
Kelly (O'Connor) Chalfant and I send our prayers for the entire family. God bless and give you strength!! Rob Chalfant and family.
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