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Alta M. Doescher


CLINTON — Mrs. Alta M. Doescher, 97, of Clinton, formerly of Low Moor, Iowa, died early Monday morning, Nov. 14, 2016, at The Alverno, Clinton.

Mrs. Doescher was born Jan. 20, 1919, at rural Goose Lake, Iowa, to Peter and Augusta (Hammer) Knutsen. She was baptized into God's family Feb. 9, 1919, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Charlotte, Iowa, by Rev. Jobst. Alta was confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Immanuel, May 28, 1933, by the Rev. A.H. Deletzke. On May 11, 1935, Alta was united in marriage to Henry W. Doescher at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Charlotte. Three children were born to this union, LaVonne, Janet and Leon. In addition to being a loving wife, mother, and homemaker, Alta was employed 23 years as a cook for Central Community Schools of Low Moor and DeWitt. She greatly loved the children that she served. Alta lived her entire life in Clinton County, 46 of them as a resident of Low Moor. Her husband preceded her in death on Dec. 10, 1986. In 1997, Alta moved to Clinton.

She was a longtime and active member of Grace Lutheran Church, DeWitt, and later St. John Lutheran Church, Clinton, where she was a member of the Ladies Aid and Sewing Circle. Alta was a former member of the Low Moor Field Days committee and was very active at the Low Moor Community Center.

Surviving are children, LaVonne (Ronald) Jurgersen and Janet Steen of Clinton and Leon (Judy) Doescher of Camanche; grandchildren, Sheryl Jindrich, Brent Jurgersen, Kent Jurgersen, Joel (Thaila) Clement, Janelle Huffman, Jon (Joy) Clement, Terry (Connie) Doescher and Tammy Stiles; 21 great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding Alta in death in addition to her husband were her parents; granddaughters, Karen Kane Elzey and Joni Totten, a great-grandson, Tyler Huffman, grandson-in-law, Kevin Kane, a son-in-law, David Steen; brothers, Henry, Peter Jr., Herman and Ben Knutsen, an infant sister, Malinda and sisters, Mathilda Lueders, Louise Lueders, Alma Knutsen and Marie Rickertsen.

The family will receive relatives and friends at Schultz Funeral Home, DeWitt from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30. A Service of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at St. John Lutheran Church, Clinton, with the Rev. Dan Pool officiating. Burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery, DeWitt.

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