ESTHERVILLE - Memorial services for Dorothy Sprinkle, 103, of Estherville will be 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville with Pastor Doug Burton officiating. Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Monday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville. Interment will be at Momence Cemetery in Momence, Ill.
She died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at Good Samaritan Society in Estherville.
Dorothy Elaine (Scott) Sprinkle, the youngest of 10 children, was born July 24, 1910, to Frank G. and Alice (Lucia) Scott, at her parents farm home in Buena Vista County.
Dorothy attended school in Aurelia, arriving there by horse-drawn school bus or sleigh. Following high-school graduation as class salutatorian at age 16, she worked as a long-distance telephone operator in Sioux City where she met an editor of the Sioux City Journal, Robert J. Sprinkle. Dorothy and Bob were married on Thanksgiving Day in 1939. They moved to Ames where Bob became managing editor of the Ames Daily Tribune. In 1942, Bob entered World War II and was sent to India for the duration. Dorothy spent the next four years in Aurelia where their only child, Suzanne, was born. In 1950, Bob and Dorothy bought a weekly newspaper and printing business in Momence, Ill., and continued to live there until his death in 1980. Dorothy always remained a homemaker but helped in the newspaper business by being very active in the community, writing many articles on social events and meetings and being Bob's biggest "public relations" asset.
Dorothy was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church, a founding member of the Kankakee Valley Audubon Society in Illinois and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Chapter ON P.E.O. She appreciated and collected antiques and beautiful glassware. She was an avid reader, especially enjoying books on history, and she loved classical music.
Dorothy moved to Estherville in 1991, to be with her family. She was always known for her sweet and pretty face, her gentle smile, her intelligent mind and her outgoing nature. She had many friends, enjoyed an active social life and always strived to learn from books and study.
Dorothy is loved and remembered by her daughter her and husband, Suzanne and James T. West; granddaughter and husband, Elaine and Tom Quastad; great-granddaughters, Sydni and Kylie Quastad, as well as several nieces and nephews.
She has been preceded in death by her husband; parents; beloved grandson, James Jackson (Jay) West and her siblings.