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Dorothy Reece

October 7, 1930 — November 29, 2016

HAWARDEN, IOWA ~ Dorothy M. Reece, 86, of Hawarden, died on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at the Hillcrest Health Care Center in Hawarden.

Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 2, 2016 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, LCMS in Hawarden with Rev. Michael Boothby officiating. Burial will follow in the Grace Hill Cemetery. Visitation will begin at noon Thursday, with the family present beginning at 6:30 p.m. and a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at the Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden, Iowa. Condolences may be sent to

Dorothy M. Reece was born October 7, 1930 in Sioux City, Iowa, the daughter of A.C. and Caroline (Schneider) Christensen. She graduated from the Hawarden High School in 1949, with the class being known as the 49rs.

She married Harold Reece June 10, 1949 at Sioux City, Iowa. They moved to Rosemead, California in October of 1953. They became parents to their son, Vance on April 7, 1959. Dorothy worked as a counselor at the Maryville Children’s Home for 30 years. They returned to Hawarden, Iowa in June of 1989. Dorothy then worked at the Hawarden Hospital Thrift Store for a few years.

She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, LCMS in Hawarden. Her favorite things were bowling and dancing to the big bands until Harold’s sudden passing on October 23, 1995.

Survivors include her sister, Shirley Farley of Alcester, South Dakota, brother, Dan Christensen and his wife Peggy of Hawarden, and sister, Carol Coffelt also of Hawarden; daughter-in-law, Shelly Reece of Hawarden; 5 grandchildren; 5 step grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 2 step great-grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harold; son, Vance; 3 brothers-in-law; and a sister-in-law.


6:30 PM - 7:30 PM ,Thursday, December 1, 2016
Porter Funeral Home ~ Hawarden
712 10th Street Hawarden, Iowa 51023

Prayer Service

7:30 PM ,Thursday, December 1, 2016
Porter Funeral Home ~ Hawarden
712 10th Street Hawarden, Iowa 51023

Funeral Service

10:30 AM ,Friday, December 2, 2016
Trinity Lutheran Church
1103 Central Avenue Hawarden, Iowa 51023
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