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Obituary for Mary Margaret (Dorothy) Niemann
Mary Margaret Niemann, daughter of James Porter and Grace Margaret (Winter) Dorothy was born June 13, 1924 in Ute, Iowa. She was the great granddaughter of Peter Henry and Hannah Amanda (Danford) Booher & granddaughter of Edward Perry Dorothy and Phoebe (Booher) early pioneers of Ute in 1873, and who lived next door to her on S. Riddle Ave. & 5th St.. Mary was raised in the area of her birth and graduated from Ute High School in 1942. After high school, she attended Tri State College of Commerce in Sioux City, Iowa for a year, then worked as a teletype supervisor for the United States Air Force in Sioux City. Mary worked as a secretary for the U.S. Government for two years in Washington, D. C. where she met her husband. On Jan. 17, 1948, Mary was united in marriage to William Robert Niemann, son of William Frederick and Margaret Elizabeth (Schultz) Niemann of North Bergen, New Jersey, at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Washington, D. C.. To this union six children were born. Cynthia Mary, Vincent Robert, Nancy Ann, Janet Aileen, Daniel Andrew and Lucy Margaret. They raised their children in Maryland between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. where her brothers Bob and Joe lived. In 1964 she became a broker of their real estate business Silver Key Realty in Laurel, Maryland. From 1972 to 1975, she worked at the University of Connecticut in the Bursar's office then as receptionist and office manager of the mental health clinic and later as secretary for the school of nursing. They then returned to Maryland. Upon retirement they moved to Homestead, Florida and left after hurricane Andrew ending up in Palm Bay, Florida. In 2004, her daughter Cindy planned a family reunion of the Dorothy, Winter, and Niemann families in Maryland. At that time a family history trip was planned to go to Ute, Iowa in August. On a 3 day trip, Mary saw numerous cousins, classmates and friends at the annual ice cream social. She was so elated that she bought a home in Ute behind the school she attended, diagonally across from St. Mary's Catholic Church where she was baptized, next door to the home her Uncle Mark had built and in the home of the doctor that delivered her at birth. There's no place like home! Mary was especially proud of her Senior Olympic medals she won in Costa Mesa, CA. in 1984. Mary enjoyed growing flowers and vegetables from seed and was very interested in nutrition. She enjoyed crocheting, and playing cards with her friends, going to functions with the Red Hat Society and visiting the Senior Center in Ute. She was also a member of the Rosary and Alter Society. Grateful for having shared her life are her children Cindy Leister & husband Mike of Findlay, Ohio; Vince of New York City; Nancy Niemann-Miller of Palm Bay, Florida; Danny of Rockville, Maryland and Lucy Zeitler & husband Michael of Harrisonville, Missouri. Her grandchildren Michael Eric of Oregon, Ohio Jonathan William of Manville, Texas, and Lauretta Marie Leister of Findlay, Ohio; Nathaniel Josiah Yisrael and Joel David Miller of Palm Bay, Florida; David Andrew Niemann; and Justin Nathaniel of Ashland, Kentucky and Joshua Michael Tackett of Harrisonville, Missouri; Great grandchildren Braylon Michael Crossman son of Lauretta; Britain Michael, Michael Easton and Alexandria Love Leister children of Michael and Sonja (Biddle) of Ohio; William David, Dominique Rose, Victoria Faith Niemann children of Nicole(Ecklar) and David Niemann; and Elizah Robert Niemann son Cynthia (Blanchard) & David Niemann of Palm Bay, Florida. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers James Robert Dorothy, May 26, 1986 and Joseph Winter Dorothy, June 8, 2001; husband Bill, Dec. 28, 1997; and a 2 day old daughter Janet Aileen Niemann, May 30, 1959 in Clarksville, Maryland. Mary will be buried in St. Clair Cemetery in the St. Mary's old cemetery section in Ute, Iowa along with her husband Dr. William Robert Niemann when weather and family fall in line. Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church in Ute, Iowa.