In Memory of

Doretta Magdalena Unrau

April 1, 1921 - January 6, 2021
From: Spencer, IA
Doretta  Magdalena Unrau

Doretta Magdalena Unrau

Born: April 1, 1921
Died: January 6, 2021
Age: 99

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     Doretta Magdalena Unrau, the daughter of William and Dora Appeldorn Holck, was born April 1, 1921 in Pipestone, MN.  The family moved to Iowa in 1932.  Doretta received her early education and graduated from Marcus High School in 1939.

     Doretta marred Julius Unrau on June 15, 1943 in Germantown, Iowa.  Following their marriage, they farmed near Royal and Spencer where they lived until moving into Spencer in 1976.  Doretta taught country school for 4 years.  She was a member of the First English Lutheran Church in Spencer and was very active in all the  churches she has attended throughout her life, including singing in the choir, teaching Sunday School and serving on the Women’s Guild.  She was also a volunteer for the Spencer Hospital Auxiliary.  They enjoyed wintering in Mesa, AZ from 1986 to 1993.

     Doretta passed away at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer on January 6, 2021 at the age of 99.  She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Julius on April 21, 1993; one brother, Willis Holck and sister, Mary June Collette.

     She is survived by her brother, Eldred Holck; sister-in-law, Sylvia Unrau; many nieces and nephews and friends.

Graveside Services will be held at 1:30 P.M., Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Prairie View Cemetery in Paullina, IA.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Doretta's name.
Pastor Paul Kaldahl
Prairie View Cemetery
Paullina, Iowa


Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 9:21 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers for the family. Julius and Doretta were good friends of my parents, John and Doris Garms. They used to go fishing for walleyes at Lake of the Woods together and many other great times. Doretta was always very a kind and caring person. She is now in Heaven for eternal peace. ”
- Janelle Garms Miller
Monday, January 11, 2021 at 7:58 AM
“Sorry to hear of Doretta's passing”
- Steve&Barb Meyer
Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 10:55 AM
“I was so sorry to hear of Doretta's passing. She was a fine lady in all respects. Rest in peace, Doretta”
- Kay Wilson
Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 2:30 PM
“I am sorry to hear of Doretta's passing. We volunteered together at St. Lukes for several years. May you be comforted with knowing she had such a strong faith in her Savior,
Jesus Christ. She will no longer be so alone.”
- Dolores Hatfield(Gruchow)
Friday, January 8, 2021 at 7:30 AM
“Sorry to hear of my aunt Doretta Unrau passing. She was always the perfect picture of health. Most likely the reason she lived to be 99 plus years. Love and prayers to the family. Ervin H Schmidt Stewartville MN”
- Ervin H Schmidt
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