Dorothy I. Lipp


Dorothy I. Lipp

Dorothy I. Lipp, 95, of Wayne, formerly of Arlington, died Saturday, June 18, 2022 at her home at  Kinship Pointe in Wayne.

Services will be held Monday, June 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Wayne with the Rev. Michael Buchhorn officiating. Visitation will be held Sunday, June 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Wayne. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne.

Memorials may be directed to the Christ Lutheran School Scholarship Fund in Norfolk or The Lutheran Hour Ministries.

Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home of Wayne.

Dorothy was born Sept. 16, 1926 in rural Cedar County, the seventh of nine children to George and Ethel (Elson) Juhlin. She rode in a wagon with a team of horses to attend Dixon County School District #42 through eighth grade. She attended Maskell High School for two years. In 1941, Dorothy moved to Van Nuys, California, to stay with and care for her grandma while attending Van Nuys High School following her grandpa’s death. She graduated from Van Nuys High School in 1943 and began working in a bank. 

Dorothy returned to Nebraska in 1944 and attended Wayne State College during the summer to work toward her two-year teaching certificate. She began her teaching career that fall teaching kindergarten through grade eight in a one-room school north of Laurel. Her early teaching career included teaching at Logan Center, Laurel, Concord, Wakefield and Ames. She earned her bachelor's in elementary education in 1969 and completed her masters in 1982, both from Wayne State College. Dorothy finished her 40+ year teaching career at Arlington Elementary in 1996. She celebrated her 40 years of teaching with a trip to England in 1995. She continued to substitute teach for several years and tutored many students in the summers. She loved sharing stories about her time teaching, especially her memories of teaching in a one-room schoolhouse.

Dorothy married Frank R. Lipp on April 6, 1958 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Laurel. Together, the couple had two daughters, Kathleen and Colleen. They began their marriage farming in rural Allen. They moved to Hale, Missouri in 1962, and then moved back to Nebraska in 1964, living in Silver Creek, Haigler, Stanton, North Bend and Ames before finally settling in Arlington. Dorothy took a five year sabbatical before resuming teaching at Ames and then Arlington. 

Dorothy was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Fremont, and was actively involved in LWML and in teaching confirmation, VBS and Sunday School for many years. She relished traveling with both of her daughters and their families on numerous grandma trips as well as with friends to Branson and the Black Hills. She was always learning new things and encouraged others to do the same. She would say “you’re never too old to learn something new.” 

Dorothy loved teaching and continued to teach even when she moved to assisted living. She would always gently correct one’s grammar and also taught by her life example of being grateful no matter what her circumstances. Dorothy always enjoyed time with her friends and being a member of the Red Hat Society. She was a lifetime member of the Allen American Legion Auxiliary. However, the most important thing in her life was her Savior Jesus Christ, her faith, Bible study, and spending time with her family. She never missed a chance to impart her love of Jesus with others and to let you know she would pray for you. Even after losing her eyesight and mobility, she always said she knew “God had her here to pray.”

Survivors include her daughters, Kathleen Rabbass of Dodge and Colleen (Jeffrey) Simpson of Wayne; grandchildren, Traci Rabbass, Troy Rabbass, Megan (Tracy) Stromberg, Mindy (Jamie) Dlouhy, Justin (Rebekah) Rabbass, Andrew Simpson of Queen Creek and James Simpson; 15 great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren; brother-in-law Carrol (Tootie) Lipp of Laurel; sister-in-law, Gladys Juhlin of Norfolk and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Frank, in 1983; brothers: Harold (Jeanette), Dwight (Violet), Don (Zelma) Bob (Gerry) and Russell; sisters: Ruth (Gene) Trusty, Erma (Ted) Bergerson), Rosa Lee (Bob) Lerch; brothers-in-law: Antone (Dorothy) Lipp, Art (Doris) Lipp; and son-in-law Rodger Rabbass in 2021.