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Dr. Dorothy Brandt Guyan

May 28, 2014
Emmetsburg News

Memorial service for Dr. Dorothy Brandt Guyan was held Saturday, May 24, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. The Rev. Clem Currans was the celebrant.

Inurnment was in St. Margaret's Cemetery, Rolfe. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg was in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy was born on Nov. 16, 1925 to Joseph and Anna (Aigner) Biedermann of Rolfe. After graduating from Rolfe High School, she married Donovan Stoner and moved to southern Minnesota to farm. To this union, four children were born: Judith, Craig, Pamela, and Michael.

After Donovan's death in 1953, the family moved to Sherburn, MN where Dorothy met and married Everett Brandt. To this union, two children were born: David and Margaret Diane (Peggy). Widowed once again, Dorothy met and married William Guyan and they resided at Princeton, IA until his death. Dorothy then moved back to Emmetsburg and lived there until her death.

Dorothy started her college career in 1961 and continued throughout her life not only to educate, but also to continue her education all the way to her Doctorate Degree in education. She taught English at the Estherville Middle School for several years before moving to the Emmetsburg campus of Iowa Lakes Community College. She was the college librarian as well as the curriculum coordinator. She worked at Iowa Lakes until her retirement in 1987.

Dorothy was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Holy Family Church Choir, Catholic Daughters of America, Arts Council, American Association of University Women, Federated Garden Club, and Iowa State Horticulture Society.

Dorothy passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ, at the age of 88. She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, two brothers, and her daughter, Peggy.

She is survived by her children, Judy Murphy (Tom) of Emmetsburg; Craig (Cathy) of Round Rock, TX; Pam Everhart (Eldon) of Atlantic; Michael (Janet) of Pine, AZ; David (Deb) of Sherburn, MN; stepson Will (Vicki) Guyan of Gualala, CA; 13 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

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