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Dorothy Brickman
September 8, 1925 - January 14, 2015

Dorothy Brickman, 89, of Oelwein passed away on Wednesday January 14, 2015 at Mercy Living Plus in Oelwein.  Funeral Services will be at 11 AM on Saturday January 17, 2015 at Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein with Rev. Leo Combs-Lay officiating.   Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Friday January 16, 2015 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein and for one hour before the services on Saturday at the church.  A memorial fund has been established. 

Dorothy Louise (Knoploh) Brickman was born on September 8, 1925 in Bremer County, IA to parents Johann and Lydia (Sell) Knoploh.  She was baptized on September 20, 1925 and confirmed on April 2, 1939 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in rural Sumner. Dorothy attended rural school in Dayton Township from  K-5thgrade.   She then attended 6th-8thgrade at Buck Creek Parochial Lutheran School.  Dorothy attended Sumner High School, graduating in 1943.  Following graduation, Dorothy attended summer and evening classes at Cedar Falls and Wartburg College.

On June 16, 1950 Dorothy was united in marriage with Raymond (Jim) Brickman at St John’s Lutheran Church in Sumner.  To this union they were blessed with three sons: Dale, Duane and Darryl.  After the boys began school, Dorothy attended Upper Iowa University in Fayette, graduating in 1966.

Dorothy taught school in Tripoli, Dayton Township rural school, Sumner, Wapsie Valley, Oran and her last 28 years as a 6thgrade teacher in Readlyn.  She retired after 40 years in 1988.  Following retirement they moved from Oran to Oelwein and Joined the Zion Lutheran Church.

As a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Dorothy spent four years as President of Esther Circle, as well as President and Secretary of the Executive Board for one year.  She had been a member of Eunice Circle and served as an usher, a reader, and volunteered for many other duties.  She also was a member of Oelwein Retired School Personnel and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Dorothy enjoyed gardening and canning, crocheting, embroidery,  travelling, and square dancing. She also enjoyed baking.  Most of all, she enjoyed her family and her precious grandchildren.

Left to celebrate Dorothy’s life is her husband Jim Brickman of Oelwein; her sons: Dale (Pam) of Waverly and their children: Scott (Cassie) Brickman and Kristin (Dan) Blaylock; Duane “Red” (Nina) of Westgate and their children: Cody, Cheyanne and Cheridan Brickman; and Darryl “Ernie” (Lori) of Fairbank and their children Heather (Kyle) Reeves, Michaelyn (Shane) McClinton and Dustin Brickman; her great-grandchildren: Tanner and Brody Blaylock, Evan and Alec McClinton, Olivia and Kade Reeves; her brothers: Henry (Virginia) of Ames, Lloyd(Bev) of Fairbault, MN, and Eldon (Jean) Knoploh of Oelwein; her sisters: Elaine Wedemeier of Maynard and Velda (James) Hagenow of Readlyn; her sister-in-law Verlaine Knoploh of Sumner; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her brother Marvin Knoploh and her brother-in-law Duane Wedemeier  


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Peggy Gienau on January 17, 2015 at 11:01 AM said:

Please accept our sincere condolences. May the words quoted from this song bring you a measure of comfort as it did for us.
”If a man or woman should die, can they live again?
Hear the promise God has made:
He will call; The dead will answer.
They shall live at his command.
For he will have a longing
For the work of his own hand.
So have faith, and do not wonder,
For our God can make us stand.
And we shall live forever,
As the work of his own hand ”(Job 14:13-15)
Pat Shannon on January 16, 2015 at 4:08 PM said:

Our sincere condolences from the Pat Shannon family.
Sherry (Tagtow) Benak on January 16, 2015 at 4:05 PM said:

My sincere condolences on the loss of Dorothy. She was one of my favorite teachers. May she rest in peace and may you all treasure the life she lived and the memories she left for you.....
Debbi Weaver Shoopman on January 16, 2015 at 11:15 AM said:

I remember having Dorothy as a teacher in Oran (2nd & 3rd grades?) I will always have fond memories of the hours I spent in her classroom & how much I learned. Also remember hanging out with Jim & all of the boys at the school while he was doing summer maintenance. She truly touched the future. Thank You.

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