Dorothy Zimmer, 89 of Fort Dodge passed away on Monday July 1, 2013 at the Friendship Haven Health Center. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday July 5, 2013 at Epworth United Methodist Church. The visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday at Epworth United Methodist Church. Arrangements have been entrusted with Gunderson Funeral Home & Cremation Services.

Dorothy was born in Emmetsburg, IA on May 30, 1924 to John and Gladys (Carnahan) Peterson. She grew up and graduated from Emmetsburg High School in 1943. She was united in marriage with Richard T. Zimmer on August 8, 1948. She was a successful business woman and in her later years served as a volunteer at Epworth United Methodist Church. She loved to paint and play cards. She and Richard enjoyed traveling, camping and their horses and dogs.

Dorothy is survived by her son Jack (Deb) Zimmer of Lititz, PA; her daughter Diane (Rev. Robert) Dean of Council Bluffs, IA; 5 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; her siblings Shirley Barnes and Maynard (Mary Lou) Peterson and sister-in-law Mary Jane Peterson all of the Des Moines, IA area. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard “Dick” and siblings Geri Vogel, John, Keith and Kenny Peterson and Joan Vitola.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to Epworth United Methodist Church.