Doreen Stolze

February 23, 1935June 6, 2017

Doreen M. Stolze, 82, of Ankeny, IA, passed away Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, IA. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m., to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, June 11, 2017, at Ankeny Funeral Home (1510 W. First St., Ankeny, IA 50023). Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 12, 2017 at Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Church (510 E. First St. Ankeny, IA 50021). Memorials may be directed towards the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children (5525 Meredith Dr Ste F, Des Moines, IA 50310).

Doreen Mary Stolze was born February 23, 1935, to Homer and Mildred (Helton) Wagner, in Burlington, Iowa. She was raised there and graduated from Burlington High School. Doreen then went on to attend Iowa State University in Ames, IA, where she received her Masters of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. Doreen was united in marriage to Mark August Stolze on April 22, 1957 in Burlington and they were blessed with 8 children. Doreen worked in childhood education for many years, working at Des Moines Area Community College for 15 years before moving to Columbus, Ohio, where she went to work as a professor at Columbus State before retiring in 1999. Doreen and Mark moved back to Ankeny in 2000 where she was self-employed as a children’s education center consultant for a few years.

Doreen was a member of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Church in Ankeny where she was an Eucharist minister, and she and Mark hosted the Wise &Wonderful group for many years. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters. Doreen was involved with the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children and also the Des Moines African Violet Club. In her free time, Doreen enjoyed raising African violets and reading, along with doing needlepoint work.

Doreen is survived by her husband of 60 years, Mark Stolze; 8 children: Peter (Laura) Stolze of Ankeny Mark G (Julie) Stolze of Windsor, CA, Joseph (Elizabeth) Stolze of Omaha, NE, Catherine (Sean) Fry of Tulsa, OK, Cecilia (Robert) Hickman of Ankeny, Cynthia (Kevin) Hultman of Lewisville, TX, Constance (Terry) Handel of Sycamore, IL and Colleen (Mark) Bennett of Appleton, WI; she is further survived by 2 siblings, Doris (Melvin) Nelson, Donna (Rev. Tom) Woehrle; 19 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Doreen is preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Dale Wagner.


  • Visitation Sunday, June 11, 2017
  • Vigil Service Sunday, June 11, 2017
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, June 12, 2017

Doreen Stolze

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June 12, 2017

Mark and family, our deepest sympathies for the loss of a truly elegant, sweet lady whom we loved also. We will miss her, but will always remember her for her beautiful smile and endless energy.

Love, Dave and Sandi Wurster (Laura Stolze's parents)

Kathy Lynch North

June 11, 2017

Julie, I'm so sorry for your loss. May she be surrounded by the love of past and present family members and all the things she loved to do.

Steve Hassenfritz

June 10, 2017

Uncle Mark and cousins, my heart goes out to each of you at this very difficult time. Aunt Dee was indeed a very special person... great mother and homemaker in addition to being a talented educator. We were all blessed to have her in our lives.

Anne Packer

June 9, 2017

Sending my thoughts and prayers to the family.

Joan Lacoma

June 9, 2017

Joe n Liz and family. We are sending our thoughts and prayers to you all
The Lacoma Family

Suzanne Campbell

June 9, 2017

Cathy and family I am so sorry to hear of your moms passing. She is certainly a lady that impacted me as I grew up spending numerous sleepovers and 4H meetings at your home. As I grew older and had my own family I often thought of her and wondered how she managed it all. Lots of memories of her studying at the table while we all ran around having fun. She always had a smile.

Heaven gained a special angel who will watch over you all. Hugs to you all. Suzanne Wilson Campbell

Rachel aka spots

June 9, 2017

Colleen and family , I am Thinking of u all at this sad time and sending lots of hugs and prayers to u all from across the pond xxx big hugs

Shelley Hetherington

June 8, 2017

Mark & Stolze family,

Dee was a wonderful woman full of so much love, and such a vast array of talents. She was truly special, and I know she will be greatly missed. May her memory be a blessing to each of you, and the peace of our Lord bring you comfort.

With sympathy,
Shelley (Parrish) & Scott Hetherington

Andrea Rowson

June 8, 2017

Mark & Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Dee was an amazing woman. She has always served as a role model to me and many others. I have such fond memories of her. You are all in our prayers.
Andrea & John Rowson, Kayleigh and Michael