Funeral services will held Thursday, March 25th, at 10:30 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee, Iowa. Rev. Richard Arndt will officiate. Burial will be at a later date. There will be a family prayer service at 10:15 a.m. at the Church on Thursday. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee with the family present from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. On line condolences may be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com
Dodie was born June 28, 1934 in Cherokee, Iowa to Walter and Lillie (Oaks) Hoeppner. She attended Cherokee schools and received her GED following the death of her husband in 1986. She was married to Claude W. Pickett on May 25, 1953 at Sioux City, Iowa. She was raised in Cherokee, lived in Fort Dodge for a short time and in Estherville for 6 years. The couple moved to Montgomery, Minnesota in 1960 and managed the Park Manor. She was president of the American Legion Auxiliary in Montgomery, a member of the Montgomery Ambulance Service and the Snowbusters Organization. She returned to Cherokee in 1986. She had also worked at Charley's Green Lantern, owned and operated the Dinner Bell Café in Montgomery, MN, worked at Green Giant Packing Company and had worked as an Aide at Siemers Boarding Care, the Cherokee Villa and the Cherokee Mental Health Institute. She retired in 1995. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee and had been Vice President of the AmVets in Montgomery. She enjoyed watching TV, reading and doing word search puzzles.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1980, two sons Randy in 1983, Chuck in 1990 and siblings Walter Junior, Marcey Flaskerud, Bernice Geringer, Elmer Hoeppner, Gary Hoeppner and Janice Smith.
She is survived by a son Michael Pickett and his wife Karen of Holstein, Iowa; three grandchildren; Wendy Pickett, Michelle Pickett and Angie Mallison; 5 great grandchildren Charles Pickett, Isaac Pickett, Miranda Pickett, Tabitha Mallison and Brianna Mallison; sister Eleanor (Tom) Paschall of Cherokee; brothers Richard (Sheryl) Hoeppner of Cherokee; Douglas (Kay) Hoeppner of Storm Lake, Iowa; Bob (Arti) Hoeppner of Des Moines, Iowa; many nieces and nephews.