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Stessman, Dolores Ann (Zimmerman) (1930 - 2021)


Posted By: Denise Wurner (email)
Date: 6/21/2021 at 19:11:32

Name of deceased: Dolores Ann Stessman (nee Zimmerman)

Aged: 90 yrs, 11 mo, 20 days

Residence: Panama, Shelby County, IA

Born: June 12, 1930; Panama, Shelby County, IA

Died: June 1, 2021; Panama, Shelby County, IA

Funeral services: Monday, June 7, 2021; St. Mary's of the Assumption, Panama, IA; burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Panama, IA

Survived by: Children, Richard (spouse, Tracy) Stessman of Ankeny, IA, Jim Stessman of Harlan, IA, Patrick Stessman of Panama, IA, Carol (spouse, Dan) Kloewer of Omaha, NE, and Dan Stessman of Grimes, IA; grandsons, John Kloewer and Stephen Kloewer; siblings, Elaine Zimmerman of Panama, IA, Allan Zimmerman of Panama, IA, and Don Zimmerman of Earling, IA; nieces; nephews; other family members and friends

Predeceased by: Parents, Ernest and Dorothy (nee Willmes) Zimmerman; husband, Alvin Stessman; son, Paul Stessman; siblings, Harold Zimmerman, Marcene Twark, and Grace Zimmerman

Education: Attended St. Mary’s Catholic High School, Panama, IA; she graduated as Class Valedictorian in 1948; she then attended Mount St. Scholastica College in Atchison, KS and earned her teaching certificate.

Religious affiliation: Baptized and confirmed at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Panama, IA, and remained a lifelong member there
Military service: n/a

Marriage: Alvin Stessman; June 26, 1956; St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Panama, IA

Employment: While in high school, she worked as a clerk in her family’s grocery store before attending Mount St. Scholastica College in Atchison, KS and earning her teaching certificate. Dolores taught school in Earling, IA, Bellevue, NE, and Panama, IA, as well as multiple country schools. After retiring from teaching, she worked at Loland Farms, Inc. where she served as Secretary, Treasurer, and later as President of the corporation.

Hobbies/Interests: Enjoyed serving as a volunteer election poll worker for many years; being a mentor to elementary school students; served on the Harlan Community Library Board for 8 years; was an avid reader and belonged to many book clubs; enjoyed working with flowers and bird watching; enjoyed playing cards and belonging to several card/bridge clubs for many years; was a passionate sports fan and enjoyed watching Iowa State Cyclones sports and Oakland A’s baseball, and her kids and grandkids many activities.

Sources: harlanonline.com; kjan.com; pauleyjones.com


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