Dorothy E. Firchau

MADELIA – Funeral services for Dorothy E. Firchau, 89, of Madelia, formerly of Lewisville, will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Zion Lutheran Church in Lewisville. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Dorothy died on Friday, July 18, 2014, at Madelia Community Hospital. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Monday, July 21, 2014, at Zaharia Family Funeral and Cremation Service in Truman, and one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church.

Dorothy Evelyn Williams was born June 11, 1925, in St. James, Minn., to James and Lena (Klutz) Williams. She attended school in St. James, Minn. On Nov. 20, 1944, Dorothy was united in marriage to Reinhold Firchau at St. John’s Lutheran Parsonage-South Branch, rural St. James. She was a homemaker and babysat many kids in the Lewisville area. Dorothy enjoyed sewing and quilting for Zion Lutheran Ladies Aid and her family. She enjoyed making quilt tops for Zion. For many years, she sewed bibs and pads for the Lutheran Retirement Home in Truman. Dorothy was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and its Ladies Aid. She was a lifetime member of the Lewisville Legion Auxiliary and played in the Lewisville Kitchen Band.

Dorothy is survived by children, Judy Goor of Coon Rapids, Minn., Dennis (Dee) Firchau of Lewisville, Minn., Mary (Richard) Krenz of DeSmet, S.D., Jerry (Nancy) Firchau of Denton, Texas, and Jean (Jeffrey) Hoppe of Truman, Minn.; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; one half-sister, Marilyn Fast (Melvin) of Butterfield, Minn.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 69 years, Reinhold; one daughter, Joan Firchau; one son-in-law, Howard Goor; and several brothers and sisters.