Nanette Mae Dunkelberger, 88, passed away on May 15th at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown.
Nanette (Nan) was born December 21, 1928 to William and Ida ("Martinsdale") Pestotnik in Algona, Iowa. The family later moved to Boone, Iowa. Nan graduated from Boone High School in 1946. She was employed at Northwestern Bell as a telephone operator.
Nan was united in marriage to Harold Dunkelberger on January 22, 1950. She and "Dunk" made their home on the family farm in rural Pilot Mound where they raised their four children. Nan later worked at the Evangelical Free Church Home (now Westhaven Community) in Boone until her retirement.
Nan was a loving mother, wife, and grandmother. She dedicated her life to the care of her family. She was an excellent cook, nurturer, and homemaker. She loved to help diagnose ailments with her library of medical books. Nan enjoyed cheering on her children in their many activities throughout their lives.
Those left to cherish her memory are: two daughters, Joyce Wilson and husband, Cliff of Knoxville and Julie Lockwood and husband, Larry of Pleasantville; one son, Dave Dunkelberger and wife, Renae of Ames; son in law Jay Clausen of Boxholm; 10 grandchildren, Scott (Candi) Wilson of Harvey, Jeff (Whitney) Wilson of Knoxville, Jenny (Damien) Geery of Knoxville, Bryan (Sara) Clausen of Rochester, MN, Jill (Tim) Garton of Ankeny, Ashley Dunkelberger of Billings, MT, Brent (Jenelle) Dunkelberger of Ames, Alli (Cody) Engebretson of Le Mars, Zach (Avion) Lockwood of Ankeny, Michelle (Troy) Jenkins of Keosauqua and 9 great grandchildren: Sara Wilson, Tyler Wilson, Elli and Liam Geery, Drew and Blair Clausen, Gabryel Rudloff & Jack Garton, and Madison Jenkins.
She was preceded in death by her husband Harold "Dunk" Dunkelberger, daughter JoAnn Clausen, parents William and Ida Pestotnik, and sisters Norma Lackner Wierson and Joyce Schell.
A public visitation is planned on Friday, May 19th, at 10:00 a.m. followed by a service at 10:55 a.m. both at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care 414 Lincoln Way Ames. The service will be officiated by Pastor Mark Henderson from Christ Community Church in Ames. Interment to follow at Linwood Park Cemetery in Boone.
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