Dorothea Mae Lang, age 89 of Brooklyn, died Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at the Bishop Drumm Care Center in Johnston, Iowa. Funeral Mass: 10:00 A.M. Monday, June 29, 2015, St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Brooklyn with Fr. Brian Shepley officiating. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Sunday, June 28, 2015 Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn with a Rosary at 4:00 P.M. Burial Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn. Memorials may be contributed to the Brooklyn Activity Center or the church of donor’s choice.
Dorothea Mae Anthony was born December 14, 1925 in Sheridan, Iowa, the daughter of David Uriah Anthony and Grace Cleone Mayo Anthony. She attended the rural Sheridan #2 School until 1939, and graduated from Grinnell High School in 1943. Dorothea married Lawrence A. Lang on October 1, 1945 in Jackson, MN. Besides working with her husband on the farm, Dorothea was a store manager, worked and managed the Grinnell Senior Center and was a certified nursing assistant at Brooklyn Community Estate. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Brooklyn, the Altar and Rosary Guild, a former member of the Columbian Club, and the Ruritans. She was active with the Grinnell Adult Daycare, the Grinnell Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, the Bear Creek Community Fund, Sonora Grange-River Road Club and the Seed Program at the Grinnell Hospital. She logged over 33 years of volunteer work and in 2014 was awarded the Governor’s Volunteer Award.
Dorothea enjoyed crocheting, and embroidering. She collected angels and roosters. She always had a big garden and did lots of canning. She also enjoyed her flowers. She considered herself an all-around farmer’s wife. Her family was important to her and she cherished the time spent with them.
Survivors include her children, David L Lang (Patricia) of Papillion, NE, Vivian G. Lane of Urbandale, Larry C. Lang (Lorna) of Elbert, CO, W. Joseph Lang (Kathy) of Boone, and Karen J. Sieibers (Bob) of Great Falls, MT; her eleven grandchildren, Brenda Witmer (Scott) of Johnston, Scott Lang (Joanie) of Channahon, IL, Sandy Flanagan of Johnston, Jeff Lang (Janice) of Omaha, Brandy Lang of Oskaloosa, Michael Lang of Deep River, Dan Flanagan (Naomi) of Colorado, Lawrence Siebers, Kenneth Siebers (Deb), and Paul Siebers (Jean) of Wisconsin, and Rita Ann Tarnowski (John) of Montana; 30 great-grandchildren, Brittany Witmer, Jake Lang, Shelby Fechner, Chris Witmer, James Lang, Summer Fechner, Macoy Flanagan, Josh Flanagan, Steven Lang, Tory Fechner, Aryanna DuRocher, Rachel Lang, Tabor Flanagan, Matilda Lang, Maria Lang, Gretchen Lang, Hawkins Flanagan, Jenna Lang, Zoey Flanagan, Elisa Siebers, Jeffery Siebers, Ben Siebers, Jennifer Siebers, Rebecca Tarnowski, Andrew Siebers, Chad Siebers, Thomas Tarnowski, Stephanie Siebers, Katie Tarnowski and Kevin Tarnowski; and four great-great grandchildren, Cory James Siebers, Brock Daniel Siebers, Brett David Lee Siebers, and Kristi Jean Anderson. Also surviving are her brothers, Charles Cree-Anthony (Melinda) of Des Moines, and Richard Anthony (Kathy) of Anamosa.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lawrence in 1999, two granddaughters Debra Flanagan and Barbara Siebers, and a sister Helen Clayton-Mayo.