August 17, 2015

Dorothy Ann Housel

Housel, DorothyDorothy went home to her Lord on August 14, 2015 after a long illness.  She was born in Lincoln on April 16, 1923 to Sarah and Charles Dennis.  Dorothy married Donald Housel on November 24, 1937 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  They were married 6 days short of their 59th anniversary, when Don passed away.  They became parents of six children and raised their family in Lincoln.  She babysat many children over a sixty year period and remembers many of them fondly.  She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge for many years.  One of the things she was most proud of was she earned her high school diploma on May 18, 1976.  Dorothy was a very strong person and as many of her grandchildren said over the years Grandma is tough and funny.  The family would like to thank Aging Partners for making it possible for Dorothy to stay in her home.

She is survived by son Willis (Gretchen) Housel of Lincoln, daughters Barbara (Earl) Jarrett of Ridge, MD., Donna (Don) Townsend of Burton, TX., Jeanette Emert (Jack Wheat) of Lincoln, Gloria Housel of Lincoln, brother Harold Dennis, grandsons Jeffery Boyles (Paula) of Goodyear, AZ., Bruce Reinhardt (Lauri) of Lincoln, David Blasingame of Arlington, TX., Donald Blasingame (Cheryl) of Sachse, TX., Chip Jarrett (Pam) of Woodbridge, VA., Virgil Blasingame (Virginia) of Caddo Mills, TX., Benjamin Housel of Lincoln.  Granddaughters Kathy Ruhl (Mark) of Lincoln, Melissa Volguardson (Jerry) of Lake Havasu City, AZ., Debbie Saggard (John) of Epharta, PA., Cindy Hebert (Larry) of Phoenix, AZ., Janelle Evans of Lincoln, Tammy Page (Russell) of Sachse, TX., Ronna Coleman (Jay) of Buford, GA., Angela Updike (Ricky) of Lusby, MD., Ivaloo Blasingame of Swedebara, NJ., Amy Housel of Lincoln, 25 Great grandchildren & 13 Great, great grandchildren.

Pallbearers, Bruce Reinhardt, Benjamin Housel, Andrew Evans, Kyle Birdsall, Russell Page and Rocky Dennis.

Preceded in death by her husband Don, daughter & son-in-law Ivaloo & Virgil Blasingame, son-in-law Gary Emert, granddaughter GayLynn Brummett, grandsons Johnnie Blasingame, Thomas Boyles, great grandson Jon Paul Coleman, parents Charles & Sarah Dennis, brothers Hartson, Marvin, Clifford, Bill, Edward.  Sisters Etta Mae Dennis, Marie Truksa, Betty Jean Dennis

Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, August 21, 2015 at Cathedral of the Risen Christ officiated by Msgr. Robert Tucker.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at Wyuka Funeral Home from Noon until 8:00 P.M. with the family greeting friends from 7:00-8:00 P.M.

Interment at Wyuka Cemetery


  1. Willis, Gretchen, Ben and Amy:
    Sorry on the loss of your mother and grandmother. It is hard to lose someone so special in your lives. Hold your memories close to your heart.

  2. Even though I only met her a couple of times, she had a strong personality. She always had something to say, and spoke her mind freely. This world has lost something really precious.
    I just hope God can handle all that spunky attitude up there.

    My condolences to the family, even though you lost someone so precious. Just know that she no longer has to suffer through the hardships of this life. As long as you keep her close to your heart she will always be there for you.

    • Thank you Rebecca and your family for your kind words. We too hope that God can handle this spunky and wonderful lady that he created being back home with him. If not, Grandpa can give him a few tips :)


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