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Dorothy Sobotka

Dorothy Irene Sobotka was born September 30, 1920 at the family home south of Diagonal to Otto and Albena (Jezek) Sobotka and passed away December 22, 2015 at the Mount Ayr Healthcare Center.

Dorothy attended school until sixth grade in Diagonal then went to Siloam Country School until eighth grade. Dorothy had many memories of those trips to and from school. Mud roads and traveling to and from with a horse and cart made travel difficult. Boy did she think they were uptown when brother Marv got his license, and they cruised to school in the family car. In 1941, she graduated from Benton Community School.

Dorothy is remembered by many as a life long caregiver of children. Throughout her life, Dorothy would live with families to help take care of the newborns and younger children. Dorothy also showed her love of children by being a proud supporter of the Diagonal Maroons and would walk to all the home games. Oh, how she enjoyed her maid-rite, Sprite and Milky Way candy bar. Later in life, Dorothy kept her sweet tooth but switched to Hersey's and Mountain Dew.

Traveling to Texas and the Ozarks, playing cards with the neighbors, attending Benton alumni banquets, mowing the Bohemian Cemetery, and helping with household chores kept Dorothy busy, too.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents Otto and Albena; brothers Robert and Carol; sisters-in-law Shirley and Margaret Sobotka; and niece Sharon Sobotka Overholser.

Left to mourn her passing are brother Marvin; sister-in-law Arlene; nephews and nieces Jim (Wanda) Sobotka of Glade Valley, North Carolina, Randy (Jan) Sobotka of Des Moines, Gary (Darla) Sobotka of Mt. Ayr, Rex Sobotka, Pamela (Robert) Grace, Shelly (Alan) Bentley, Doug (Darla) Sobotka all of Diagonal; 17 great nephews and nieces along with many other friends and relatives.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are to the Bohemian Cemetery.

  • Open Viewing

    December 26, 2015
    4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    December 27, 2015
    1:30 PM

    United Church of Diagonal

    Diagonal, IA

  • Burial

    Sunday December 27 2015

    Bohemian Cemetery

    Diagonal, IA

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Debbie and I have such fond memories of the times spent with Dorothy. She lived with us when we were first born and babysat countless times. We had great fun with Dorothy. She will be missed.

Posted by Annie Jensen - Grinnell, IA - Friend   December 30, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Dorothy you are missed so much at Health care. It isn''t the sane without you. My days are quiet without your laughter and dimmer without your infectious smile. Fly high baby bird.

Posted by Ronnel Schlapia - Mt ayr, IA - Friend   December 23, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Dorthy was an happy personality for so many years and always so glad to see us. We will miss reading her activities. She is now with Mom and Dad. Mary M and PhilH

Posted by Mary Margaret ( jezek) Stamper and Phillip Stamper - Colorado Springs, CO - cousin   December 23, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear that Dorothy passed. Always enjoyed visiting with her.

Posted by Meredith Dredge - Mt ayr, IA - friend   December 22, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM