May 22 1917 May 22 2019
Dolores Irene (Melberg) Keiper May 22, 1917 – May 22, 2019 Share this obituary Sign Guestbook| View Guestbook Entries| Send Sympathy Card ATKINS: Dolores Irene Melberg Keiper, age 102, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Atkins, died on her birthday at Ridgeview. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM, Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 at St. Stephens Lutheran Church in Atkins with Pastor Douglas Woltemath officiating. Interment will be held at St. Stephens Cemetery rural Atkins. Visitation will also be held in the church sanctuary from 4:00 until 7:00 PM on Monday. Phillips Funeral Home in Vinton is in charge of arrangements. Dolores was born in Norway, Iowa on May 22, 1917. She graduated from Norway High School, and attended Coe College where she received her teaching degree. In the fall of 1936, Dolores began her teaching career. She married Irvin Keiper on June 20, 1938, and continued teaching until 1943 when she quit to follow her husband who was in the Army Air Corps. When her husband shipped overseas for WWII, she returned home and taught in Cedar Rapids until the war was over. In 1946, her husband took up farming on the family farm outside Atkins. Douglas and Janice were born there. Dolores returned to teaching in 1952, teaching in Cedar Rapids and in Atkins. She pursued her BA and MA degrees at Coe College and the University of Iowa. She retired from teaching in 1982. Dolores was a member of St. Stephens Lutheran Church in Atkins, a former choir member, belonged to the Fellowship Club, the American Legion Auxiliary, and was a member of the local book club. She enjoyed traveling with family and friends both in the U.S. and abroad. She liked to read and crochet, and belonged to several card clubs. Most of all, Dolores loved her family and enjoyed keeping up with the careers and activities of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Dolores was preceded in death by her husband, Irvin Keiper, a son, Douglas Keiper, her parents, Irene and Elmer Melberg, three brothers – Milford, Elton, Clifford, and a sister, Geneva Howell. Survivors include a daughter, Jan (Karl) Nelson of Shell Rock, Iowa, daughter-in-law, Bonnie (Douglas) Keiper of Atkins, five grandchildren – Matthew Keiper, Melanie Keiper, Mark (Kate) Keiper, Joel (Barb) Nelson, Stephanie (Tom) Charpentier, nine great-grandchildren – Anna and Sara Nelson, Kaitlin and Lydia Keiper, Sophia, Andrew, and Alexander Charpentier, Jack and Lara Keiper, a sister-in-law, Betty Keiper, and many nieces and nephews. Memorials may be given to St. Stephens Lutheran Church, the Atkins Public Library, or to the memorial of your choice. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Ridgeview Assisted Living Community and Care Initiatives Hospice for their kindness and loving care. On-line condolences may be left at www.phillipsfuneralhomes.com SERVICES Visitation Monday, May 27, 2019 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM St. Stephens Lutheran Church 303 3rd Avenue Atkins, IA 52206 Get Directions on Google Maps In the church sanctuary Funeral Service Tuesday, May 28, 2019 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM St. Stephens Lutheran Church 303 – 3rd Avenue Atkins, IA 52206 Get Directions on Google Maps Graveside Service Tuesday, May 28, 2019 11:30 AM – 11:45 AM St. Stephens Cemetery Atkins, IA 52206 Get Directions on Google Maps Reception Tuesday, May 28, 2019 12:15 PM St. Stephens Lutheran Fellowship Hall 303 3rd Avenue Atkins, IA 52206 Get Directions on Google Maps Print Obituary Sign Guestbook Name: Location: Video: Image: Light A Candle Candle 1 Candle 2 Candle 3 Candle 4 Email: Please keep my message private Personal Message: Personal Message (required) Confirm: Submit Guestbook entry
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Dolores Irene Melberg Keiper May 22 1917 May 22 2019.
Death notice for the town of: Vinton, state: Iowa