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Dorathy Harger

Dorathy Irene Harger, 80, of Ely, died Thursday, March 5, 2015, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. Services took place on Monday, March 9, at the First Presbyterian Church near Ely. Burial followed at the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Visitation was Sunday, March 8, at Brosh Chapel located in Cedar Rapids.
Dorathy was born Dec. 6, 1934, in Des Moines, the daughter of Irwin and Mildred (Robinson) Rudolph. She married the love of her life, Richard “Dick” Harger, on Dec. 30, 1950, at Olivet Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids. Dorathy worked at Collins Radio, Prairie Elementary and Nissen Trampoline. Dorathy and Dick owned and operated The Last Frontier on Ely Road as well as Harger’s Acoustics Inc. She was a member of NAWIC, Ely Town and Country Club and the First Presbyterian Church near Ely, where she served as Youth Leader and Sunday School Teacher. Dorathy loved going to auctions and flea markets to find “goodies” with Dick and their friends. She was a very talented seamstress and loved sewing. She was also an avid reader and gardener.
Dorathy is survived by her children, K. Kay Aldun of Georgetown, Texas, Kathy (K.C.) Waychoff of Fairfax, and Kelly (Randy) Zbanek of Ely; five grandchildren, Marcus (Jenny) Hayes, Ben Waychoff, Elise Waychoff, Kami (John) Zbanek Hill and Kassi Zbanek (William Tuthill); three great-grandchildren, Cian Hayes, Lochlann “Lucky” Hayes and Adelaide Irene Hayes; brother Arnie (Ruth Ann) Harger of Marion; sisters, Carole Peterson of Wisconsin, Mary Ellen “Mims” Simpson of Louisiana and Bonnie Mathes of Swisher; sister-in-laws, Vicki Harger of Center Point, Bette Siglin of Carmichael, Calif., and Carolyn Harger of Florida; devoted caregivers Nickie Burgoon and Lesta Perkins; as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard “Dick” Harger on Aug. 20, 2013; her brothers, Richard A. Harger, David Harger and Don Howard Harger; and a great-granddaughter, Evelyn Hayes. 
Memorials may be directed to the Ely Public Library and or the First Presbyterian Church Youth Group.
The family would like to give a special thanks to all involved in Dorathy’s care over the years; her physicians, their nurses and staff, and especially “the angels” on 3 Center, the continuing care hospital and the hospice unit at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids.