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Dorothy Langel Cranston

March 7, 1939 - April 4, 2018
From: Spencer, IA | Originally: Everly, IA
Dorothy Langel Cranston

Dorothy Langel Cranston

Born: March 7, 1939
Died: April 4, 2018
Age: 79

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Dorothy Cranston, the daughter of John and Matilda (Weiskircher) Langel was born March 7th, 1939.  She was raised and educated in Milford, graduating in 1957. Dorothy attended and graduated from Mankato College in Minnesota.  She went to work at Buchanan Law Office in Algona, IA. Dorothy moved to Des Moines, IA to work for an Attorney representing Scully Oil.  Dorothy met Ray Cranston at the Roof Garden in Okoboji, IA. After a seven year courtship, Dorothy and Ray married March 14, 1964, in Des Moines, IA.  Making their home North of Everly on a farm for many years and farmed. They were business partners in farming of grain and cattle and expanded successfully over time.  Dorothy had her own four wheel drive tractor. Two daughters were born: Hayley and Lynn. Dorothy and Ray moved to Spencer IA in 2013.

      Dorothy had an amazing artistic talent.  To pursue her talent, during high school she enrolled at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln taking art classes.  She loved horses and rode as a teenager to middle age with her daughters. She enjoyed and was blessed with the friendship of great neighbors.  Dorothy sang in the church choir and her daughter, Hayley played the church organ. For decades, she enjoyed meeting and catching up over coffee with her brother and sister’s families after church at St. Joseph’s in Milford, IA establishing a strong family bond reaching out to the extended generations.

     She faced her last challenge with the same determination, spirit and faith - as a strong fighter.

     Dorothy passed away peacefully, Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at the age of 79 at Northshire in Spencer surrounded with family.  She was preceded in death by her daughter Hayley Cranston Shepard, her parents: Matilda and John Langel, and a brother Earl Langel.

     Dorothy is survived by her husband: Ray, married for 54 years of Spencer IA, one daughter, Lynn and her husband, Dan Burke; Granddaughter, Andrea Burke of Omaha, NE; Son-in-law, Dr. Allan Shepard of Tega Cay, South Carolina; Siblings: Phyllis Hintz, Wayne Langel, and Dale Langel all of Milford, Iowa and extended family and friends.   

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, April 13, 2018 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Milford, Iowa.
Father Tim Johnson
Leo Behrens
Brad Behrens
Greg Behrens
Paul Behrens
Brian Langel
Dr. Rodney Langel

Gary Weiskircher
Perry Cranston
Dan Cranston
Stacey Hintz
Kevin Hintz
Don Langel
Kelly Langel
Ray Langel
Allan Langel

Will begin at 5:00 pm on Thursday, April 12, 2018 with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Milford.
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Friday, April 13, 2018 at 7:47 AM
“Sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure to meet Dorothy when my brother Allan was married to Hayley, Dorothy's daughter. Dorothy was a neat, kind and thoughtful lady, and was always very cheerful. ”
- Jill Gulick (Shepard)
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 6:54 PM
“Please accept my deepest condolences for your family’s loss. May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time.”
- Keith and Lori Muth
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 6:52 PM
“My deepest sympathies for you Ray and Lynn! Dorothy was so special and such a sweet lady! She will be deeply missed. Love and prayers to you both.”
- Lisa Burke, Andrew Burke and Ben Burke
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 3:19 PM
“Ray, Please know that you, Lynn and your whole family are in our thoughts and prayers. Dorothy was (and is) a beautiful soul and she is truly home now. God Bless you all and we know your faith family and friends will help you thru this most difficult time. God Bless you all. Love, Tom & Wendy”
- Tom and Wendy Burke
Monday, April 9, 2018 at 8:00 AM
“We are so sorry for your loss. Our time with the Cranston Family was way too short and we have fond memories of being with all of you. It's such a shame that Dorothy had a difficult time in her later years. We won't be able to come to her funeral but wanted you to know we are thinking of you.”
- Joe & Judy Shepard
Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 8:03 PM
“So sorry to hear of Dorothy’s passing. We have fond memories of all of you and are thinking of you in this difficult time. ”
- Kim & Mark Cowan
Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 7:48 PM
“Ray and Lynn and family, our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you at this sad time. Gary and Katie”
- Gary and Katie Weiskircher
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