Dorothy Lee Yoder

1930 - 2022


Dorothy Lee Yoder was born Sept. 16, 1930, in Seward County, Neb., the daughter of Daniel D. and Magdalena (Roth) Sutter. She grew up in Nebraska and graduated from Milford High School. Upon the completion of high school, she moved to Iowa. It was there that she met and married Kenneth E. Yoder on Dec. 28, 1951, in Milford, Neb. After their marriage they moved to a farm in southeast Iowa county, Iowa, until moving to Wellman in 1982.

After her children were grown, she attended Kirkwood where she studied to become an LPN graduating in 1978.   She worked as a nurse for Mercy Hospital and later the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic until her retirement in 1996.

Dorothy enjoyed reading, handwork, and quilting. She had the gift of hospitality and was known for her famous coconut cream pie.  She was a prayer warrior for many. 

Dorothy passed away Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, at Pleasantview Home in Kalona at the age of 91.

Dorothy is survived by her husband: Kenneth; three daughters: Kathy (Richard) Miller of Goshen, Ind., Patty (Del) Miller of Iowa City, and Cynthia (Gordon) Bontrager of New Paris, Ind.; a son: Calvin (Lorie) Yoder of Lititz, Pa.; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters: Ruth Yoder, Violet Sutter and Myrtle Stolzfus; and two brothers: her twin Daniel Sutter and Leland Sutter.

A celebration of life memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, at West Union Mennonite Church. Burial will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Visitation will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday Sept. 23, 2022, at Yoder-Powell Funeral Home. A general memorial fund has been established. Messages may be left at