Kathleen Ella Nelda (Schierholz) Dittmer

March 31, 1930 ~ June 15, 2020 (age 90)


Kathleen Ella Nelda Dittmer, 90, of Iowa Falls, Iowa passed away June 15, 2020, at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. Funeral services for Kathleen Dittmer will be 10:00 am, Saturday June 27, 2020, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Iowa Falls. There will be a time of visitation from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm Friday June 26, 2020, at the Linn’s Funeral Home Chapel 1521 Washington Ave., Iowa Falls, Iowa. Burial will be at the Union Cemetery in Iowa Falls. The Linn’s Funeral Home is helping the family with arrangements, and further information can be found at Masks and social distancing is requested for visitation and the funeral.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to: Kathleen Dittmer Memorial; c/o Immanul Lutheran Church 323 Lee Lane; Iowa Falls, Iowa 50126.


Kathleen Ella Nelda Schierholz was born March 31, 1930, in Clayton County, Iowa to Alvin Carl and Ellen Catherine (Duwe) Schierholz. She attended and graduated the Colesburg School District graduating class of 1948 and attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, Iowa. On June 7, 1949, she was united in marriage to Martin Ellsworth Dittmer at Trinity Lutheran Church in Guttenberg, Iowa and they were blessed to spend 71 years together. To this union four children were born: David, Mark, Jeffrey, and Kay. Kathy was a homemaker and Office Manager at Jennings Real Estate in Iowa Falls. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church for 65 years; active in Ladies Aide and taught Sunday School. She was involved in the community, volunteering at the Church Women United Thrift Shop, and delivering Meals on Wheels. Kathy enjoyed playing bridge, entertaining, dancing, and reading. Her kitchen table was always filled with delicious food, every dish made with love. She supported Marty throughout his career in baseball and was a ‘mother’ to many of the players. Most of all, she loved seeing and talking on the phone with her children, grandchildren , five great-grandchildren.

Kathleen Ella Nelda Dittmer is survived by her husband: Martin Dittmer of Iowa Falls, Iowa; three sons: David (Natalia) Dittmer of Woodland, Washinton, Dr. Mark (Dr. Kathy Hart-Dittmer) Dittmer of Bettendorf, Iowa, Jeff (Sandy) Dittmer of Thermopolis, Wyoming, and Kay (Jeff) Verink of Monroe, Wisconsin; fourteen grandchildren: five great-grandchildren: and one brother Orville Schierholz of Sterling, Colorado. Kathy was preceded in death by her parents: Alvin and Ellen Schierholz; sister-in-law Betty Schierholz; and a granddaughter Jamie Ann Dittmer.


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June 26, 2020

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Linn (Iowa Falls)

Funeral Service
June 27, 2020

10:00 AM
Immanuel Lutheran Church (Iowa Falls)

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