Dorothy E. Gilson – Winthrop

Dorothy E. Gilson, 100, of Winthrop, Iowa, died on Monday morning, October 26, 2020 at the Buchanan County Health Center, Independence.

Private Family Funeral Service at the Fawcett-Schmitz Funeral Home, Winthrop, with Rev. Janice Springer officiating.

Public Visitation:  4:00 to 6:30 P.M. on Thursday at the funeral home.

Interment:  Fremont Cemetery, rural Winthrop, Iowa.

Cards of condolence may be directed to: Larry Gilson, 1900 Reed Ave., Aurora, Iowa  50607.

Online obituary at

Due to state and federal guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing will be required.  Those in attendance are encouraged to wear a mask at the funeral home.  We encourage relatives and friends not able to attend the visitation to reach out to the family by leaving a message on the funeral home web site, by mail, text or phone.

Dorothy Ellen Schweitzer was born on May 24, 1920 north of Winthrop, Iowa, the daughter of William Frederick & Lucinda “Lucy” (Sickles) Schweitzer.  She graduated from Aurora High School in the class of 1937.  Dorothy was united in marriage to Richard Martin Gilson on June 29, 1938 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.  Dorothy and Richard farmed throughout their marriage together north of Winthrop for 70 years.  Dorothy moved into Winthrop in 2008 and had lived the past two years at ABCM East in Independence.

Dorothy was a 50-year member and past president of the King’s Daughters & Sons.

She enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening, sewing, taking her grandsons, nieces and nephews to explore Backbone State Park and traveling with her brother and sister-in-law, Glen and Marian Schweitzer.

Dorothy is survived by her 2 Sons:  Larry (Carol) Gilson of Aurora &

Marty (Nancy) Gilson of Mesa, Arizona;

Son-In-Law:  Charles Reese of Colorado Springs, Colorado;

4 Grandchildren:  Eric (Carol) Gilson of Boone;

Brad (Cindy) Gilson of Evansville, Indiana,

Greg Gilson of Winthrop and

Kelsey Reese of Charlotte, North Carolina;

6 Great Grandchildren: Gabriel Gilson, Nicole (Adam) Laug, Michele (Riley) Jacobson,

Travis Gilson, Shelby Gilson and Colin Gilson;

6 Great Great Grandchildren:  Harrison, Vance and Macy Laug,

Reese, Nolan and Maddox Jacobson;

3 Step-Grandchildren:  Jennifer (Lonny) Lappin of Johnston,

Bill (Brooke) Freese of Ankeny and

Matthew Parsons of Lakewood, Colorado;

5 Step Great Grandchildren: Clara, Audrey and Otto Freese,

Greta and Ava Lappin and

Many Nieces & Nephews.

Preceded in death by her parents, husband: Richard on February 9, 2005; 2 daughters:  Cathie Gilson and Debra Reese; daughter-in-law: Myral Gilson; 5 brothers:  John (Rita), Dale (Lucy), Bill (Marian), Glen (Marian) and Bob (Collette) Schweitzer and a sister: Betty (John) Baker.


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