Dorothy Jean Duistermars was born May 21, 1928, the daughter of Henry and Gertrude (Cleveringa) Duistermars in Grand Rapids, Mich. When she was 14 years old, the family moved to Sioux Center, then later to Orange City. She graduated from Orange City High School with the Class of 1945.
The following year after high school, Dorothy was part of the Queen's Court with annual the Orange City Tulip Festival. Dorothy had always been very proud of her Dutch heritage.
Dorothy was united in marriage to Donald D. Coats June 18, 1952, in Orange City. To this union three children were born: Deb, Denise, and Doug. She had lived in Ireton, Vermillion, S.D., and Le Mars since 1964.
Dorothy was an Avon representative for more than 30 years where she had been a longtime Presidents Club recipient.
Dorothy loved to sing in the church choir, participate in church circle, and completing crossword puzzles. She also enjoyed her dogs and cats.
Her greatest priority in life was her family, always making sure her children came first.
Dorothy moved to the Good Samaritan Village in December 2008.
Dorothy was a longtime member of Grace Lutheran Church in Le Mars.
Survivors include her three children: Deb Kloos of Le Mars, Denise Carr and her husband, Lee of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Doug Coats of Des Moines; 5 grandchildren: Anthony (Shannon) Rucker of Kansas City, MO, Ashley (Zach) Bales of Sioux City, Katie (Jason) Walls of Gilbert, Ariz., Morgan Overman of San Diego, Calif., and Karley (Ed) Mariano of Palo Alto, Calif.; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Henrietta Alons and her husband, Dan of Hospers, IA.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Gertrude (Cleveringa) Duistermars; four sisters, Catherine Lems, Ruth Wilson, Wilma Franken, and Ellien Duistermars; and a brother, Clarence Duistermars.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26, at Grace Lutheran Church in Le Mars, with the Rev. Tim Geitz officiating. Inurnment will be in Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitations with the family present will be from 3-6 p.m. Sunday, at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars. Visitations will continue Monday morning from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church.
Pallbearers will be Lee Carr, Jason Walls, Anthony Rucker, Leonard Van Otterloo Jr., Harold Van Otterloo, Leon Franken, Loren Alons, Daryl Alons, Tom Franken, Zach Bales, and George Wilson. Honorary casket bearers will be Ashley Bales, Katie Walls, Morgan Overman, Karley Mariano, Ed Mariano, and Jay Luedtke.
Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.
Memorials can be directed to Grace Lutheran Church or the Siouxland Humane Society.