Dorothy J. Rhinehart, age 67 of Brooklyn, Iowa, died Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, January 12, 2013 at Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn with Shirley A. Van Dee, PLA, officiating. Burial will be in Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery, Brooklyn. Visitation will be from 9:30 until 10:30 on Saturday, January 12 at the church. A memorial fund has been established. Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn is in charge of arrangements.
Dorothy is survived by her husband Richard; four sons, Marvin (Leigh) Hilligas of Ladora, Mark (Trudy) Hilligas of Brooklyn, Lee (Becky) Hilligas of Mesa, AZ, and Lynn (Debbie) Rhinehart of North Liberty; three step-children, Darla (Tim) Ingersoll of Brooklyn, Mark (Kayleen) Rhinehart of Brooklyn, and Steve (Jennifer) Rhinehart of Brooklyn; eight grandchildren, 8 step-grandchildren, and 2 step-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are eight brothers, Charles of Central City, Paul of Grinnell, Duane “Dude” (Pam) of Grinnell, Keith (Phyllis) of Newton, Roger of Newton, Wesley of Marion, Dean of Grinnell, and Henry of Newton; six sisters, Annabelle Downey of Ankeny, Donna Strachota of Mason City, Diane (Ron) Parker of Kensett, Marilyn (Dennis) Starnes of Grinnell, Ellen (Robert) McLain of Brooklyn, and Faye (Jim) Brown of Colfax; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Kenny in infancy.
Dorothy June McDonald was born June 13, 1945 in Grinnell, Iowa, the daughter of Ernest McDonald and Grace Paul McDonald. She graduated from Grinnell High School in 1962 and married Donald Hilligas. They were blessed with three sons, Marvin, Mark and Lee. They later divorced. She married Richard Rhinehart on January 29, 1973. To this union Lynn was born. Dorothy worked as a waitress at several area businesses, and was employed with Brownell’s in Montezuma for 14 years.
She enjoyed spending her free time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.