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Iris P. Dinkel-Dvorak

October 26, 1931 ~ March 30, 2020 (age 88)

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Private Services

St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church - Howells
323 South 2nd Street
Howells, NE 68641

During these unprecedented times and restriction on large gatherings, a private family rosary and mass will be celebrated on Saturday, April 4, 2020, for Iris P. Dinkel, 88, of Norfolk, at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, in Howells. Reverend Stan Schmit will be the celebrant.  Burial will be in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Howells. Home for Funerals is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Dinkel passed away on March 30, 2020, at St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation and Care Center, Norfolk.

Iris was born on October 26, 1931, in Cuming County, the daughter of Robert and Katherine (Peitzmeier) Doernemann. She was raised on the family farm and went to school in Aloys. After completing her education, Iris was employed at St. Frances Hospital in West Point.

On August 8, 1955, Iris married Joseph Dvorak in Aloys, NE. They couple farmed south of Howells. They were blessed with one son, David. Iris enjoyed the outdoors where she tended to her garden and flowers. She also enjoyed cooking, baking and canning produce from her garden.

Joseph passed away on January 19, 1993. Following his death, Iris moved to Norfolk. Iris spent a lot of her time at the Norfolk Senior Center where she enjoyed her friends, playing cards, crafts, dancing, square dancing and bingo.

Iris married Lowell Dinkel on March 24, 2001. He passed away in 2006.

Iris helped babysit and was a very special person to Brittany, Bradley and Nicholas Kelberlau. She was “Auntie Iris” to them.

Iris is survived by her son, David, of Howells; a very special niece, Shirley (Robert) Kelberlau, of Norfolk; her sister, Lorene Girardot, of Omaha; sister-in-law, Beatrice Doernemann, of West Point; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; sisters, LaVina (Lawrence) Steffensmeier and Gladys (Leonard) Kreikemeier; brother, Delwyn Doernemann; and brother-in-law, Clifford Girardot.

Iris was loved and will be greatly missed.


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