Dorothy L. Honsey
Dorothy L. Honsey, 93, Lake Mills, passed away Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Lime Creek Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church, rural Lake Mills, with Pastor David Emmons officiating. Burial will be in the Lime Creek Synod Cemetery, rural Lake Mills. Visitation will be Tuesday, Jan. 9, from 5-7 p.m. at Mittelstadt Funeral Home, 902 East Main St., Lake Mills, and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be directed to the Lime Creek Cemetery Fund, c/o Gary Honsey, 48468 220th Ave., Lake Mills, Iowa 50450.
Dorothy Lucille Nelson Honsey was born Feb. 23, 1924 in Freeborn County, Minn. Her parents were Ervin and Alice Davidson Nelson. She was baptized and confirmed at Lime Creek Stateline Church. She attended country school, and then Emmons High School, graduating in 1941.
Dorothy married her high school sweetheart, Joseph Honsey, Oct. 11, 1942 at Lime Creek Evangelical Lutheran Church, near Lake Mills. They operated a dairy farm on Joe’s home place and raised their six children.
Dorothy was involved with their church, Sunday school, Bethany auxiliary, Lime Creek Ladies Aid, Bible study, Lake Mills Literary Club, and was treasurer of Aid Association for Lutherans Branch 3324 for five years.
She enjoyed cooking, baking, music, civic plays, and spending time with family . . . especially at Lake Okoboji.
She is survived by five children: Ronald (Cheryll) Honsey, Champlin, Minn.; Gary (Marsha) Honsey, Lake Mills; Marsha (Phil) Bax, Johnston; Dennis (Andrea) Honsey, Baltimore, Md; and Dawn (Phil) Kirsch, Davenport; son-in-law, Marty Aparicio,Tallahassee, Fla; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren: Matthew (Tina) Honsey, Brett and Olivia; Heather (Joy) Honsey-Smith; Reed (Natalie) Honsey, Jordan, Mollie, and Addison; Leif Honsey; Ryan Chamberlin; Chris (Sarah) Chamberlin, Chloe, Isabella, Johnny and Halle; Sarah Bax; Spencer Carlsgaard; Joseph Honsey; Sydney Aparicio; and Bryce Aparicio; five sisters and two brothers: Darlene Jacobson, Truman (Teresa) Nelson, Marilyn Stier, Beverly Simonson, Richard Nelson, and LaDonna (Fred) Sticken; as well as many other relatives and good friends.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Erv and Alice Nelson; husband, Joseph, Aug. 27, 1995; daughter, Doreen Aparicio, Aug. 24, 2014; her father- and mother-in-law, Oliver and Nelsine Honsey; two brothers-in-law: Gene Jacobson and Merlin Simonson; a niece, Renae Jacobson; and many brothers- and sisters-in-law in the Honsey family: Conrad Honsey, Rudolph and Betty Honsey, Barbara and Woodrow Chrz, Thelma and Bjarne Dahl, and Naomi and Bud Dakken.