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Dorothea M. Lohmann

Seneca, KS

05/12/1913 - 02/02/2015

Dorothea M. Lohmann, 101, of Seneca, Kansas, died February 2, 2015 at Life Care Center of Seneca, Kansas.

She was born May 12, 1913, in May, Idaho, in a log cabin with a sod roof, the daughter of George and Amelia Maelzer Gilson. She came to Nemaha County Kansas with her parents in 1918 and attended Concord School, District #104 near Neuchatel. She graduated from the Seneca Public High School in 1932 and attended a Teacher’s Institute. She taught at Mulberry School, District #36.

On November 30, 1933, she married Ralph A. Lohmann at Seneca. They lived at Seneca until 1941 and then moved to Hamburg, Iowa. In 1952, they returned to Kansas and purchased a home on Lake Nemaha south of Seneca. Dorthea worked as a salesperson at the Florence Ann Shoppe until she retired in 1975. In July of 1992, they moved into the Terrace Heights Apartments in Seneca. They celebrated their golden wedding and had been married 62 years when her husband, Ralph, died on December 13, 1995.

She was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ where she served on the board of directors, taught Sunday School for many years, and was in charge of the cradle roll. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star at Hamburg and at Seneca. Dorothea knitted all the “warming hats” for newborn babies at the Nemaha Valley Community Hospital in Seneca for several years and she was avid Royals fan.

Survivors are two sons, Leonard Lohmann of Lenexa, Kansas, and Richard “Tex” Lohmann of Seneca; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, George, John, and Jim Gilson; and a sister, Carol Gilson.

Funeral services will be Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 10 AM at the Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca with a visitation one hour prior to the services. The burial will be in the Seneca City Cemetery.

Memorials may be given for Nemaha County Training Center.

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