January 23, 2014


Dorothy Masching, 83, of Carroll, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll.

Mass of the Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carroll. Celebrant will be the Rev. Timothy Johnson.

Casket bearers will be grandsons Brian Ferneding, Eric Berger, Kevin Sturm, Scott Seidl, Jake Masching and Tyler Trent. Honorary casket bearers will be Dorothy's granddaughters. Lectors will be Kristin Crossland, Gina Carzoli and Amber Irlmeier. Mass servers will be Erin Irlmeier and Deann Irlmeier. Eucharistic ministers will be Mike Berger, Daniel Sturm and Beth Irlmeier. Gift bearers will be Cassie Irlmeier, Maci Masching, Elizabeth Trent, Stacy Seidl, Abby Cowan and Brenda Nielsen. Music, by Holy Spirit choir with Barb McDermott, organist, and John Wegner, soloist, will be "You Are Near," "Only in God," "Be Not Afraid," "How Great Thou Art" and "Song of Farewell."

Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Carroll.

Visitation will be after 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at Ohde Twit Funeral Home in Carroll. There will be a rosary at 4 p.m. and prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume at 9 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Dorothy Elizabeth, daughter of John and Clara (Lechtenberg) Sextro, was born June 1, 1930, on the family farm near Manning, Iowa. She grew up on the farm as one of 12 children and attended rural school near her home and then graduated from Manning High School in 1949. She worked as a hired girl and at HR Cleaners in Carroll.

On Oct. 6, 1953, Dorothy was married to Leon J. Masching at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manning by the Rev. J.F. Achatz. Seven children were born to this union. The family farmed near Carroll and Glidden. In 1973 they moved to Carroll where Dorothy was primarily a homemaker but also did housekeeping for other families. She also was a substitute in the lunch program at Kuemper Schools. She was a member of Holy Spirit Parish and Holy Spirit Ladies Guild. Dorothy was a prayerful member of the Legion of Mary. Volunteering for St. Anthony Auxiliary, New Hope Village Store and rug making kept her busy in her retirement.

After the death of her husband in 1983, Dorothy lived in their home for a short time and then moved to an apartment. In her spare time Dorothy enjoyed card playing, being with her family and especially following her grandchildren's activities.

Dorothy was diagnosed with cancer in September 2013.

Dorothy is survived by her children: Joyce Ferneding (James) of Manning; Linda Berger (Michael) of Arcadia; Diane Sturm (Daniel) of Carroll; Sandra Irlmeier (Kenneth) of Elk Horn; Donna Pemble (David) of Carroll; David Masching (Debra) of Grimes and Mary Trent (David) of Carroll; 21 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; siblings: Leo Sextro of Manning; Marie Sextro of Carroll; Leonard Sextro (Delores) of Manning; Norbert Sextro (Dora) of Surprise, Ariz.; and Ruth Vanderheiden of Carroll; brother-in-law Warren Meier (Rose Mary) of Omaha, Neb.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Leon; sisters Edna Sextro, Maxine Meier and Helen Lampe (Joseph); and brothers Herbert Sextro (Janet) and Edward Sextro.