Doris Bruggeman | Obituaries |


Doris Mae Bruggeman, 87, of Lake City, Iowa, passed away surrounded by her family Friday, Feb. 11, 2022, at Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City.

Funeral service will be held at 11 am Friday, February. 18, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lidderdale with Pastor Robert Wagner officiating. Music for the service will be by Ed Ludwig. Her grandchildren will serve as pallbearers, and her friends and neighbors will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Burial will be at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery near Lidderdale.

Visitation will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lidderdale from 9:30-10:45 am Friday prior to the service.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll, and online condolences may be left for the family at

Doris Mae Kennebeck was born on Oct. 31, 1934, in Carroll, Iowa, to William and Josephine Kennebeck. She was raised on a farm with her nine siblings. Doris attended the all-girl boarding school St.. Angela Academy in Carroll and graduated from Glidden High School in 1952. While roller skating in Carroll, Doris met Bill Bruggeman. On Jan. 8, 1953, they married and they enjoyed 66 years together. They enjoyed dancing at the Lakewood Ballroom, meeting friends at the Swizzle Stick, and eating out at the Lidderdale Country Store, and they both enjoyed a good hayrack ride and many a barn party. Bill and Doris did life alongside their best friends, Darlene and the late Bob Onken.

Following their wedding and Bill’s active military service, the couple farmed. Together, they raised cattle, hogs, chickens, corn, beans, horses, hay, and four children — Sheila, Brenda, Cathy and baby brother, Brett.

Doris took pride in her Century Farm (2016), yard, home, garden and her kids. Doris enjoyed shopping, visiting with friends and neighbors, having coffee, bird watching, decorating her home (and then redecorating it again two months later), working in the yard, and gardening. Her favorite flowers included zinnias, sunflowers, and Boston ferns, and the latest addition to her large garden were coneflowers. Doris also worked for Meyers Hardware Store in Lake City for many years.

Doris enjoyed her 13 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. She framed all of their artwork that included scribbles, barns, cows, tractors, and abstracts. She sent special newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and handwritten notes to keep in touch. The grandkids most looked forward to Grandma’s hot dogs hot off the grill and summer days with her in the yard. She and Bill loved calling the kids on their birthdays and celebrating all the big and little things in life. Doris’ last family get-together was at the farm sale in summer 2021. It was a good day. Doris took comfort in her faith and in the Lord’s Prayer. She was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lidderdale, Iowa.

Doris is survived by her four children: Sheila (the late Mark) Remsburg, Brenda (Clark) Johnson, Cathy (Mark) Lietz and Brett (Kelly) Bruggeman; special friend Darlene Onken; grandchildren and great-grandchildren including Heather (Guthrey) Fritz and two daughters, Grace and Maya; Holly (Joe III) Coppola and three children, Joey IV, Maddox and Saylor; Jeffrey (Aubree) Remsburg and two children, Lettie and Arlo; Adam (Amanda) Johnson and one son, Brantley; Jill (Jeff) Brock and their three children, Hadley, AnnaBeth and Bowen; Ashley (Dean) Smith and three children, Sophia, Sadler and Stella; Colby (Brandy) Winter and four children, Kypton, Braeya, Colewyn and Bennen; Jocelyn Lietz (Mike) and two daughters, Jaylee and Blakelynn; Jordan Lietz (fiancé Shelby); and Morgan, Benjamin (Laura), Madison, and Abby Bruggeman; siblings Mary Jane Bernholtz, Ruth Ann Snyder and Bud Kennebeck; and in-laws Carlyss (John) Heuton and Stan Grundmeier.

She was preceded in death by her parents: William and Josephine Kennebeck; her husband: Bill Bruggeman; son-in-law Mark Remsburg; siblings Paul (Marie) Kennebeck, Chuck (Louise) Kennebeck, Earl (Vera) Kennebeck, Fred (Norma) Kennebeck, Florence (Marvin) Snyder, Janice Hinners (Larry Hinners) and Gayleen Kennebeck; and in-laws Joan Fethkenher (Don Fethkenher), Karen Grundmeier, Rudell Snyder and Dale Bernholtz.

This spring, as you plant your own garden or flowers, the family asks that you plant a seed for Doris. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family. “For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations” — Isaiah 61:11


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