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Loretta E. Dohmeier, 82, of Alexandria

Loretta Dohmeier
Loretta Edna Dohmeier, 82, of Alexandria, died and went to heaven on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at the Knute Nelson Home.
 
A funeral service was held Thursday, June 16, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Alexandria with the Rev. Jerry Lanes officiating.
Interment was in the Grace East Cemetery in Belgrade.
 
Loretta Edna Lillich was born Oct. 11, 1933, on a farm southwest of Bird City, Kansas, to Edna Marie (Stutheit) and August Christian Lillich. She was baptized Nov. 5, 1933, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bird City, and confirmed in 1948.
 
She attended rural schools until the consolidation of the school district when she was in eighth grade. She then attended eighth grade through her senior year at Bird City High School, graduating in 1951. She attended Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, for two years, graduating with a teaching degree. She taught in Kennard, Nebraska, for two years in the elementary school.
 
She married Ervin Dohmeier on Aug. 1, 1954, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bird City. To this union four children were born, Catherine, Mark, Debra and Daniel. Their first parish was at Fredricksburg Lutheran in Minden, Nebraska. In the following years, they served multiple parishes in Minnesota. Because of failing health, Ervin Dohmeier took early retirement and they moved to Belgrade. He died in November 1998. In 2001, Mrs. Dohmeier moved to Alexandria to be near family.
 
In her earlier years, she was a substitute teacher in the public school in Brownton. She was involved in Sunday school, vacation Bible school, church choirs and women’s groups. She enjoyed sewing, quilting and crocheting, sharing these talents with family and friends. Sewing and tying quilts were her passion. She used this passion to help make quilts for Lutheran World Relief.
 
She is survived by her children, Cathy (Byron) Bruce, Mark (Jan) Dohmeier, Deb (James) Sater and Dan (Sandy) Dohmeier; 10 grandchildren, Shannon and John Bruce, Jacob and Matthew Dohmeier, Sarah, Miranda and Abigail Sater, and Olivia, Benjamin and Simon Dohmeier; sisters, Elaine Kortenhof, Delores (Stan) Dorsch and Janice DeLozier; many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; nieces and nephews.
 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ervin; nephew, James DeLozier; and brother-in-law, David Kortenhof.
 
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria.