Dorothy L. Aldridge

Monday, February 13, 2017 7:26 pm

Dorothy L. Aldridge, 91, of Decorah, passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, at Wellington Place in Decorah, with her husband, Norman at her side. Memorial services are at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at First Lutheran Church in Decorah, with Rev. Chad Huebner officiating. Organist is Marcia Engebretson. Soloist is Randy Snell, with accompanist, Susan Snell (“On Eagles’ Wings” and “His Eye is on the Sparrow”). Congregational hymns are “Amazing Grace” and “Rise Up O Saints of God.” A luncheon will follow the service downstairs in the Fellowship Hall. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, one hour before the service, at First Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Wellington Place, 2479 River Road, Decorah, IA 52101 or First Lutheran Church 604 West Broadway St., Decorah, Iowa 52101. Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at fjelstul.com.

Dorothy Lewine (Gilson) Aldridge was born Oct. 10, 1925, in Waukon, the daughter of Orrie and Mary (Amundson) Gilson. She was raised on the family farm and educated in the Waukon schools, graduating from Waukon High School. Dorothy was united in marriage to Norman L. Aldridge Feb. 25, 1972, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Freeport, Ill. Dorothy and Norman made their home in Decorah. They had also made their home in New Hampton and Las Vegas, Nev. Dorothy worked in the dry cleaning business and clerked at Fareway and K&S in Decorah. Norm and Dorothy loved to travel and took an annual fishing trip to Canada with her sister and brother-in-law, Pete and Myrtle Drahn. They loved to dance and followed the big bands. They belonged to Oneota Golf and Country Club, and she golfed in many states.

She was cared for by the wonderful staff at Wellington Place since January 2013.
Dorothy is survived by her husband, Norman, of Decorah; two sisters-in-law, Marlene (Del) Prout of Anamosa and Joanne (Lloyd) Vestal of Centralia, Ill.; and by many nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters: Myrtle Drahn, Delores Steiner, Carol Reeder and Norma J. Rosell; and three brothers: Lawrence, John and Dale Gilson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Wellington Place, 2479 River Road, Decorah, IA 52101 or First Lutheran Church 604 West Broadway St., Decorah, IA 52101.

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