Doris Elizabeth Gonnerman and her twin brother, Moris were born February 12, 1921 to William and Anna (Nelson) Gonnerman on a farm northwest of Hartley, Iowa. They were welcomed by their sister, Leona and brothers, Vaun, Donald and Gerald. She attended elementary school at Lincoln #6 Country School and graduated from Hartley High School in 1938.
Doris was a lifelong member of Trinity United Church of Christ being baptized on June 11, 1922 and confirmed on March 21, 1937.
After graduating from high school, Doris was a telephone operator in Hartley. On August 5, 1945 Doris was married to William “Bill” Nagel. They were blessed with 54 years of marriage. They made their home on a farm north of Hartley where they farmed for 38 years. To this marriage were born four daughters: Connie, Barbara, Joan and Lori.
Doris enjoyed gardening, sewing, making potato salad and baking her special “Grandma’s Buns” that were a must at every holiday gathering. Doris loved hosting the family for holiday dinners which she cooked up until the age of 95. The family enjoyed many wonderful times at their cottage on Big Spirit Lake with their annual July 4th chicken BBQ. Doris and Bill enjoyed going to Mission, TX for many winters. Doris was active in Dorcas and enjoyed sewing quilt tops and also playing cards.
Doris moved to CMHC Assisted Living in November 2017 where she lived before moving to the Memory Care unit. Her daughters were blessed to be re-united with her during her last week before she passed away on September 15, 2020 at the age of 99.
She was proceeded in death by her husband Bill, grandson Lonnie Ebel, and great-grandson Callan Midtgaard. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters and spouses: Connie & Denny Ebel, Barbara & Randy Ahrenstorff, Joan & Doug Brown and Lori & Jeff Towne, grandchildren: Kyle & Rochelle Ebel, Korey & Jonna Ebel, Lana & Kevin Endorf, Mitch Ahrenstorff, Shane & Haley Ahrenstorff, Chad Ahrenstorff, Christiana & Casey Junge, Ryan & Emily Brown, Stacie & Tyler DeHaan, and Lindie & Jeff Midtgaard, 19 great grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
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