Gothenburg Resident: Dorothea Kampfe, age 89 (1923-2013)

Dorothea Johanna Louise Kampfe, 89, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died May 15th, 2013, at Stone Hearth Estates, in Gothenburg.

Dorothea was born on June 27th, 1923, to Herman H. and Ella M. Bunsen Ebmeier in Bertrand, Nebraska. She was the fourth of six children. She graduated from Bertrand High School and taught school for several years in the Bertrand area.

She was united in marriage to Reuben O. Kampfe on May 21st, 1944. To this union, two sons were born. Dorothea was an active member of American Lutheran Church where she served on many committees and was active in the women’s groups. She was a charter member of her Extension Club and a member of the Hilltop Birthday Club. Dorothea was a lifelong artist, with her favorite media being china and watercolor. Dorothea demonstrated and displayed her painting on the local, state and national levels. She shared this talent with others by teaching classes for many years.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Reuben O. Kampfe, brothers Richard Ebmeier, Marvin and wife Ethel Ebmeier, and Roger Ebmeier, brothers-in-law Roger Forsberg, Marvin Kampfe and wife Helen, LaVern Kampfe and Roger Kampfe.

She is survived by her sons Randall R. Kampfe and wife Patricia of Decatur, Illinois Steven J. Kampfe and wife Helen of Lincoln, Nebraska, granddaughters Anne Sievers and husband Shann of Columbia, Missouri, Elizabeth Plinske and husband Paul of Whitewater, Wisconsin, Caroline Kampfe of Omaha, Nebraska, grandsons John Kampfe and Anthony Kampfe of Lincoln and four great-grandchildren; brother Lloyd Ebmeier, sister Vida Forsberg; sisters-in-law Shirley Ebmeier, Doris E. Kampfe, Joan Wuest and husband Curt, Doris F. Kampfe, and brother-in-law Raymond Kampfe.

Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Sunday, May 19th, 2013, from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, 620 Tenth Street, Gothenburg on May 20th, 2013, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Jeff Cottingham and Rev. Tom Wilson officiating.  

Interment will follow in the American Lutheran Cemetery, Gothenburg, Nebraska.
Memorials may be given to the American Lutheran Church, 1512 Avenue G, Gothenburg, NE 69138 or Trinity Lutheran Church, PO Box 68, Gothenburg, NE 69138.  

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