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Dorothy Michael

d. November 4, 2023


Dorothy Michael


     Dorothy Catherine Michael was born on January 30, 1933, in Portsmouth, Iowa to Jack and Josephine (Sandbothe) Peterson. She attended country school and attended Portsmouth High School. Dorothy was united in marriage to Mike A. Rau in 1950, they shared 25 years together before his death. During this time, they were blessed with ten children. She was then married to William Hoss. After William’s passing, Dorothy was lucky to find love again and was united in marriage to Carl Michael on June 14, 1978, in Las Vegas, Nevada. They enjoyed over 45 wonderful years together. Dorothy dedicated herself to raising and nurturing her family as a homemaker but also pursued other occupations throughout her life. She worked as a house sitter, was employed as a cook for Linda Lou’s and served as an independent sales consultant.

     Dorothy was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Logan. She greatly enjoyed playing bingo, she had a talent for crochet and sewing projects and she also spent many fulfilling moments growing and tending to her flowers. Above all else, Dorothy's greatest joy came from spending time with family and friends.

     Dorothy died on Saturday, November 4, 2023, at Azria Health Longview Assisted Living in Missouri Valley, Iowa at the age of 90 years, nine months and five days.

     Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; daughters, Lois (Mike) Thomas and Cynthia Wright; son, Patrick (Victoria) Rau; brother, Joe Peterson; and sister, Velma Wagner. She is survived by her husband, Carl Michael of Missouri Valley; children, Mick (Joan) Rau of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Audrey (Terry) Evans of Branson, Missouri, Rebecca (Robert) Vega of Columbia, Tennessee, Edward (Karen) Rau of Gilbert, Arizona, Matthew (Mona) Rau of Sahuarita, Arizona, Tim (Tammy) Rau of Council Bluffs and Lori (Danny) McWilliams of Pisgah, Iowa; step-daughter, Rochelle (Duane) Straight of Modale, Iowa; 21 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; siblings, Helen (Chuck) Hanson of Moorhead, Iowa, Donnie (Glenda) Peterson of Spencer, Iowa, Elaine Wageman and Ron Blume of Apple Valley, Minnesota, Darlene Havick of Humboldt, Iowa, Alvin Peterson of Council Bluffs, Kenny (Corinne) Peterson of Council Bluffs, Ron Skalla and Leah Davis of Harlan, Iowa, Terry (Tomi) Peterson of Spencer, Iowa and Debbie (Mark) Jenson of Livermore, Iowa; and many other relatives and friends.

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Past Services


Thursday, November 9, 2023

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Fouts Funeral Home- Woodbine

501 Normal St, Woodbine, IA 51579

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Funeral Service

Friday, November 10, 2023

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

Immanuel Lutheran Church Logan

311 E 6th St, Logan, IA 51546

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