Dorothy Nagel – Monticello

Dorothy Nagel, age 93, died Saturday, December 4 , 2021 at her home the following a brief illness.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 Friday morning, December 10, 2021 at the St. John Lutheran Church, rural Monticello with interment in the Oakwood Cemetery.    Pastor Caleb Schewe will officiate at the services.  Visitation will be held from 4 until 7 Thursday at St. John Lutheran Church.   Mask’s are highly recommended but not required. You may access the live service on Friday, by going to and then by clicking the Watch Our Live Services on Facebook button which will direct you to our Facebook page.  You may also sign the guestbook or leave a condolence at  In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate contributions to start a scholarship fund in Dorothy’s memory.

Surviving are, 3 children, Linda (Ron) Kahler, Steve (Julie Majerus) Nagel, Gary (Kathy) Nagel, all of Monticello, 5 grandchildren, Tara (Chad) Kahler, Nick (Mackenzie) Kahler, Jeff (Kylie) Nagel, Kendi (Mitch) Monk, Jaycie (Nathan) Nagel, 9 great-grandchildren, Gavin, Anicka, Beckett, Lennon, Molli, Carver, Laekyn, Maeleigh and Jordan.   She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 + years Lavern on March 7, 2021,  her  parents a brother Elmer and a sister Alice.

Dorothy Jacobs was born January 2, 1928 at Langworthy, Iowa.  She was the daughter of Henry and Augusta Hanken, Jacobs. Dorthy graduated from the Monticello Community Schools with the class of 1945.  She then went to Coe College  for a year and got her teaching certificate. She then started teaching in the rural schools of Wayne Township. Dorothy Jacobs and Laverne Nagel were  married October 21, 1950 at the Little Brown Church, Nashua. The church janitor was their witness and the stock car races that night was the honeymoon.

Dorothy was always a farm wife first. In 1975 Lavern and his son Gary, started N&N Trailers selling trailers made in Arkansas. Dorothy would take a lady friend along and drive down and pick up a trailer as well as a load of pecans to sell.    When customers would come to pick up a new trailer, she would invite them in for a meal before they headed back home.  When she and Lavern went to farm shows or the state fair to sell trailers she would make cookies to share with customers.  Other vendors knew that Dorothy would have cookies for them as well.  Dorothy and Laverne always looked forward to hosting a huge 4th of July Picnic at the farm.  They always had an ice cream machine and her homemade hot fudge sauce.

Dorothy was a 4-H leader for the Richland Roc-etts  and  served on the 4-H Committee.  For many years she managed the 4-H food stand at the Great Jones County Fair, serving homemade pies and her wonderful maid-rites. She also ran the lunch room at the Monticello Sale Barn serving the same menu but adding home made soups.

Dorothy was a lifelong member of St. John Lutheran Church.  She was Baptized on January 22, 1928 and Confirmed her faith on March 29, 1942.  She was always involved in the funeral lunch committee.



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