Dorothy Irene Janvrin, 92, of Spirit Lake, Iowa, formerly of Fort Dodge, Iowa, passed away Friday, November 15th. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 25th at Trinity United Methodist Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Interment will be held in Graceland Cemetery in Webster City, Iowa. Arrangements have been entrusted with Gunderson Funeral Home& Cremation Services.
Dorothy was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa on December 1, 1920 to Leonard and Iowa (Amo) Lowery. She graduated from high school from The Iowa School for the Blind in Vinton, Iowa. She attended Buena Vista in Storm Lake, Iowa, for two years and then graduated from the University of Iowa in 1945, receiving a degree in music. She never allowed a childhood accident to prevent her from living a full life. She married James Janvrin on June 5, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois and together they raised four children. They were married 61 years. She gave piano, organ and voice lessons for 30 years in Fort Dodge. She was a freelance writer and published many articles about her life. She published a children’s book titled “Grandmas Bedtime Tales.” She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church where she was active in the choir. She was involved in PEO, Eastern Star, Art Club and AAUW. She loved playing cards and riding her tandem bike with friends. She gave talks about her life and played music for nursing homes in and around Fort Dodge. She was involved in the state and local level of the National Council for the Blind. In 1988 she was given the Governors Award for volunteerism. When she and Jim retired to Arizona, she was the pianist in bands which played for dances and other entertainments.
Survivors include two sons, James (Cathy) Janvrin of Twin Lakes, Iowa, and Todd (Kathy) Janvrin of Overland Park, KS and a daughter Karrey (Steve) Lindeberg of Spirit Lake, Iowa, 7 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She is survived by two brothers, Royce (Zelda) Lowery and Leon (Kathie) Koistinen of Portland, Oregon and sister-in-law Marlys Janvrin of Story City, Iowa and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, James, a daughter, Lorrie, who died in an automobile accident in 1972, her parents, and a sister, Bonnie Wagner. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed towards “IRIS”, Iowa Radio InformationService. This service provides daily audio newscasts for the visually impaired. The IRIS address is located at 100 East Euclid Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50313.