Doretha C. “Dottie” Jerger, 87, Ireland

Dottie JergerDoretha C. “Dottie” Jerger, 87, of Ireland, died Sunday (June 11) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in St. Henry December 17, 1929, to Leo and Ludwina (Dall) Fleck. She married John E. Jerger October 18, 1949, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland. He died November 4, 2006.

Dottie worked at the Jasper Glove Factory, Leed’s Selling Tools, Aristokraft Cabinets, and Gambles Retail Store. She was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Ireland, where she chaired the Fancy Quilt Stand for many years, was a member of the St. Anne’s Society, the Jasper Daughters of Isabella, and the VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed quilting, playing cards, listening to music, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by five daughters, Brenda Kluemper and husband Bob, The Villages, Florida, Donna Graper and husband Aaron, Tennyson, Geriann Lueken and husband Paul, Birdseye, and Marilee Young and husband Alan and Audrey Wehr and husband Marvin, all of Ireland; three sons, Lee Jerger and wife Jane, Greenfield, Michael Jerger and companion Esther Smith, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Rodney Jerger, and companion Debbie Mayden, Jasper; 22 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one sister, Bernice Miller and husband Ernie, Jasper; and one brother, Kenny Fleck and wife Pat, Jasper.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one son, Daryl Jerger, two granddaughters, Rachel Jerger and Marie Young, one sister, Rose Tempel, four brothers, Henry, Harold, Leroy, and Sylvester Fleck, and two infant brothers, Leo Jr. and Marcellanus Fleck.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. The Jasper D of I and the St. Anne’s Society will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary’s Church Building Fund or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

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