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Dorothy M. Brassfield

April 30, 1921 ~ August 14, 2019 (age 98)

Dorothy Mae (Fowlie) Brassfield, age 98, passed away August 14, 2019 at Wellington Meadows Assisted Living in Fort Atkinson, WI.

Dorothy was born in rural Rockwell City, IA on April 30, 1921, the daughter of Frank and Clara (Ross) Fowlie. She married Elvis J. Brassfield on September 18, 1943 in San Antonio, TX. He preceded her in death on March 30, 2006.  She graduated from Lake City High School, Lake City, IA; attended Buena Vista College, Storm Lake, IA then taught one-room rural schools for three years and one year in Lanesboro, IA.  Dorothy was a farm wife and mother of four children. In 1964 the family moved from the Lake City area to a dairy farm near Waterloo, WI; where they farmed for 8 years. In 1972 they retired from farming and moved to Jefferson, WI.  She was a member of Immanuel United Methodist Church in Jefferson where she belonged to the United Methodist Women and Eve Circle. Dorothy served for 17 years as the church custodian.  She enjoyed handwork, genealogy, reading, writing letters, baking and yard work.

Surviving are: her sons John (Elizabeth) of Marshall, David (Linda) of Pepin, Robert (Pamela) of Johnson Creek; grandchildren Daryl (Jessica) of Sun Prairie, Michelle (Tony LaRock) Brassfield of Durand, Jennifer (Mark) Shepler of Marshall, Robert Brassfield, of Madison, Rebecca (Corey) Pederson of Omaha, NE; step-grandchild Leah (Joe) Johnson of Maplewood, MN; great-grandchildren Caleb, Kelsey, Caden, Conall Pederson, Garrett Shepler, Noah Sobottka; step-great-grandchildren William Johnson, Justin Kolich; sister-in-law Joyce (Dale) Christensen of Coon Rapids, IA, brother-in-law Boyd Yaden of Clackamas, OR and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her daughter Diane, parents, parents-in-law, sisters-in-law Betty Benckendorf, Irene Ireland and Karon Yaden and cousins.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Immanuel United Methodist Church, Jefferson WI, Rainbow Hospice, Johnson Creek WI or the charity of one's choice.

The family wishes to express special thanks to Wellington Meadows Assisted Living, Fort Atkinson; Rainbow Hospice, Johnson Creek; and Olsen-Gibson Funeral Home.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00AM on Friday, August 16, 2019 at the Olsen-Gibson Funeral Home of Jefferson with Chaplain Steve Steele presiding.  Visitation will be on Friday from 10:00AM until the time of service at the funeral home.  Burial will follow the service at the Union Cemetery of Jefferson.

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