Dora E. Rhoades

Dora E. Rhoades, 95, of Sumner, died Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at the Hillcrest Home in Sumner.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 5, 2017, at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner with Rev. Curt Schneider officiating. Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, at Long Grove Cemetery in Maynard. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 4th at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the church on Friday. There will be a P.E.O. Service at 3:40 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home.

Dora Elizabeth daughter of Hubert and Anna (Gerdes) Nicholson was born August 10, 1921 at Bryantsburg, Iowa. She was baptized at the church in Bryantsburg and confirmed at the Methodist Church in Hazelton. She graduated from Hazelton High School in 1939 and Pitzie’s Schools of Beauty in Waterloo in 1940. Following graduation from beauty school, Dora started working at a beauty salon in Reinbeck. It was there that she met her future husband, Joe Rhoades. On January 15, 1943, she was united in marriage with Joe Rhoades at a Methodist Church in Kansas City, Missouri. Dora owned and operated Dora’s Beauty Shop in Hazelton, while Joe served in the United States Army during World War II. Upon Joe’s return home in 1946, the couple moved to their farm north of Maynard. The couple farmed there from 1946 until retiring in 1982. While living in Maynard, Dora was a long time member of the First Presbyterian Church. Following retirement the couple moved to Sumner. After moving to Sumner, she became a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner. Dora was a member of the P.E.O, Legion Auxiliary, and served on the Hillcrest Board. She enjoyed card marathons at the country club and volunteering at the Hillcrest Home in Sumner, especially reading to the residents. Dora had been a resident of the Hillcrest Home since May of 2011.

Dora is survived by her two children, Bill (Janet) Rhoades of Maynard and Becky (Gary) Wedemeier of Westgate; nine grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, Joe who died in November of 1993, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Judith Ann who died in infancy; two brothers, Glenn (Ruth) Nicholson and Merle (Jeanelle) Nicholson; and two sisters, Ruth (Clinton) Kelly and Donna (Paul) Harrison.


Sherry Seehase on May 6, 2017 at 7:36 PM said:

My deepest sympathies to you and your family.
Clell & Kathy Howard on May 5, 2017 at 6:29 PM said:

With sincere sympathy for your loss. Dora was such a kind & sweet neighbor. May your memories give you comfort.EA4bcu
Beth Diers on May 5, 2017 at 12:54 PM said:

Your mom will be greatly missed. I miss her dearly already. Thank you for allowing her to be a part of my life, it was a pleasure knowing her.
Mike and Nancy Petersen on May 4, 2017 at 7:45 AM said:

Our sympathy to Dora's family - we so enjoyed visiting with her when she lived on Union Street. God's peace be with you.
Bill F on May 4, 2017 at 6:21 AM said:

My sincere condolences to the family and friends, so sorry for your loss. Please find comfort in knowing that Jehovah God will soon resurrect our dear loved ones (John 5:28-29). Oh how we long for that time when pain, suffering and death will be no more, these former things will have passed away (Revelation 21:3-5).
Jack and Mary Ohl on May 3, 2017 at 8:42 PM said:

Our prayers and thoughts are with all the family as you go through this time of bereavement. Dora was a very loving and kind woman
Jack and Mary Ohl on May 3, 2017 at 8:42 PM said:

Our prayers and thoughts are with all the family as you go through this time of bereavement. Dora was a very loving and kind woman
Deb McKnight on May 3, 2017 at 3:14 PM said:

We are sorry to hear about Dora. She was such a great lady, always seemed so happy and such a good sister-in-law friend to Emily. Take care all.
Gretchen (Gitch) Warkentin on May 3, 2017 at 11:01 AM said:

Becky and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember meeting Dora at Scott and Catherine's, and I know she loved spending time with family. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers. Jim and Gretchen Warkentin
Jane Milnes on May 3, 2017 at 8:30 AM said:

Dora was a very special lady....I was very fond of her....My love and sympathy go out to her extended family.....Rest in Peace dear Dora..
George & Diane Franks on May 3, 2017 at 6:41 AM said:

What a sweet lady. She will surely be missed by everyone who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family.
Delmar and Carol Mutschler on May 3, 2017 at 5:31 AM said:

Dora was a wonderful person. She was always gracious and smiling. Our sympathy to all of her family and friends. Heaven has gained another beautiful angel.
Terri Amos on May 3, 2017 at 4:07 AM said:

She was such a nice and wonderful lady. Her smile will be missed at Hillcrest.
Barb Tisue on May 2, 2017 at 5:16 PM said:

This lady was one elegant lady (whether in jeans helping Joe or dressed up) she lite up the room when she walked in. She was so kind, loving and and had a heart of gold and opened up home and family to me. I am so proud to call her my 2nd mother growing up. Loved you and love your family and will be in my heart forever. Barb Tisue
Sherry N. on May 2, 2017 at 1:39 PM said:

My heart goes out to the family. Dora was a very special and lovely lady. She will be greatly missed. I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

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