Dorothy Boysen

Died: Sun., Mar. 23, 2014

Friends May Call

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Mar. 27, 2014
Location: Dudgeon-McCulley
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6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Mar. 27, 2014
Location: Dudgeon-McCulley
Funeral Home

Funeral Ceremony

10:30 AM Fri., Mar. 28, 2014
Location: United Methodist Church - Wapello

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Dorothy Boysen, age 87, of Wapello, died Sunday morning, March 23, 2014, at the Colonial Manor in Columbus Junction.

She was born to the late Robert R. and Esther Stacy Wright on April 27, 1926 in Salix, Iowa of rural Woodbury County.  She graduated from Salix consolidated Schools in 1944 and received a B.S. in 1948 from Iowa State University and an M.A. in 1966 from the University of Iowa.  She married A.J. Boysen in Ames on October 17, 1948 and enjoyed over 65 years of happy marriage.  They lived in rural Morning Sun until 1964 before relocating to Wapello.

Dorothy was a Burlington High School Home Economics teacher from 1966 to 1978.  She was an instructor at Iowa Wesleyan College from 1978 to 1985 and a National Child Development Associate Advisor from 1983 to 1988.  She made the difference in the lives of many youth in Southeastern Iowa, guiding toward family living, spiritual strength, and home skills.  Often she would receive notes of appreciation from her students, thanking her for the useful training she had provided.

Dorothy provided active leadership in multiple organizations:  Wapello United Methodist Church, United Presbyterian Church in Morning Sun, United Methodist Women, UMW Circles, P.E.O., Study Club, Louisa County Retired School Personnel, and Friends of the Library.  She offered support toward children, youth, and adult church schools in Cairo E.U.B. and Morning Sun U.P.  She received honoraries in Phi Upsilon Omicron, Omicron Nu, 4-H, and scout leadership.  Dorothy and A.J. enjoyed leading People to People youth tours to Europe in 1973.  She was loved by so many for her thoughtful donation of time and talent.  She supported her friends and family with her skill in quilt making, story writing, and remembering birthdays and special occasions of others.  She had the gift of always putting others first.  She also had the tenacity to accomplish most everything she attempted, and was seen as a great role model to her children and grandchildren.

Dorothy is survived by her husband, A.J.; two children, Karen Boysen Rowe (Tim) of Los Alamitos, CA and Rob Boysen (Jacquie) of West Des Moines, IA; and five grandchildren, Kristina Kulczycki (Eric) of La Canada, CA, Katie Rowe of Menlo Park, CA, Jess Boysen (Chris) of Minneapolis, MN, Adam Boysen (Crystal) of Seattle, WA, and Erika Boysen of Ann Arbor, MI.  She was cherished by her extended families of the late sister Florence Campbell (George) and late sister-in-law Marie Mecklenburg Richardson.

The funeral ceremony for Dorothy Boysen will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, March 28, 2014, at the United Methodist Church in Wapello, officiated by Rev. Pam Kranzler.  Burial will follow at the Wapello Cemetery and a lunch fellowship will follow at the Fellowship Hall of the United Methodist Church.

Friends may call from 2:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday at the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello where the family will meet friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the Wapello United Methodist Church building fund.

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sue daily
   Posted Tue March 25, 2014
I am sorry for our loss. I have known aunt Dorothy since sitting at her wedding at age 6 weeks. She always created a memory for me whether I was visiting the farm or a card or a phone call. Uncle Al you will get your big hug a little later. I so want to be there with you as you grieve but John is getting married on the same day. Love you hang on to the wonderful memories and make sure you eat a well balanced meal, but save room for dessert. Our prayers and love are with you. Bill and Sue

Cindy (Campbell) Weber
   Posted Tue March 25, 2014
What a difference "one life" can make! Aunt Dorothy was a huge influence in my life. I watched as she lovingly reached out to not only her immediate family, but so many others. I still treasure post cards she sent me as a little girl and the holiday notes she sent on nearly every occasion. A visit to the Morning Sun farm was always a treat. There were tractors and woods and parks to explore. We got to see the world through her eyes as she detailed trips to Europe for all of us. Our family history is recorded for the ages, because of Aunt Dorothy. I treasure stories of the wedding gown worn by my mother, Aunt Dorothy, Joan Brooker, and a Boysen niece. Each Christmas I set up a nativity scene that had no history, until (when it was on it's last leg) Aunt Dorothy (out of the blue) sent me the history of it in a Christmas letter! I will always treasure the respect she had for Uncle Al and the loving looks they shared. An encourager, a respector of persons, historian, gifted teacher, creative, kind, interested in the whole world and the tiniest insect at the same time, listener, influencer, truly a one of a kind aunt....that is who Aunt Dorothy was to me. May her legacy live on!

Roger Wright
   Posted Tue March 25, 2014
I had met Dorothy only a few times, the last during a trip through Iowa. I wish I had known both her and Florence better, since we were double cousins. Robert (her father) and William (mine) were brothers, and her mother (Esther) and mine(Florence) were sisters.

Roger and Betsy Wright

Jan Bozman
   Posted Tue March 25, 2014
The first thing I remember of Dorothy is her warm and wonderful smile. She always made me feel welcome. She was a good listener and interested in so many things. I enjoyed stopping by and sharing memories of German trips and German family. It was always an uplifting time to visit with Dorothy. Her education and positions were admirable, but her outstanding qualities were kindness, goodness and humility. I'm sure she was a blessing to many. Just knowing her was a blessing to me.

Janet Schrader
   Posted Thu March 27, 2014
Karen and Rob, My deepest sympathies to you and your families.I didn't know your parents, but with the way you both turned out, they must have been wonderful. I pray for peace and comfort for you all.

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