Dorthy  Burtlow


Dorthy J. Burtlow, 82, formerly of Hedrick, died at 4:05 p.m. June 5, 2019 at Monroe County Hospital in Albia.
Dorthy was born July 5, 1936 in Ottumwa to Claude L. and Ruth Faye Pottorf Fleming. She married Gerald Burtlow on December 12, 1954 and he preceded her in death on January 17, 1971.
A resident of Hedrick most of her life, Dorthy had worked at Kingsbury Homes in Sigourney. She had lived in Joliet, IL for a few years. Dorthy enjoyed bingo, crossword puzzles, crafts, the color purple, gardening and being barefooted. Her biggest joy and accomplishment in life was being a grandmother.
Surviving is her son, Sidney Burtlow of Hedrick, 8 grandchildren, Jennifer (Kevin) Archer, Joe (Rhianna) Burk, Jerry Burtlow Jr., Linda (Tony) Paris, Tanya (Matthew) McPherson, Porter (Brittany) Burtlow, Stephanie (Russ) Doty and Krissy (Aaron) Wood; 20 great-grandchildren, Tyson, Gavin, Rowen, Claire, Jerron, Austin, Jewelianna, Dayton, Josslyn, Damionn, Matao, Kianna, Tania, Jayce, Layla, Ryker, Aston, Lathan, Nicole and Jalyssa; a sister, Sara Redman of Waterloo.
Dorthy was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Gary Burtlow and Jerry Burtlow Sr.; three brothers, Claude "Sonny" Fleming, Paul Fleming and James Fleming.
Graveside services and burial will be 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Brooks Cemetery near Hedrick with Pastor Phil Griffith officiating.
Visitation will be open after 1 p.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home.
A time to celebrate her life and greet family will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
Published on June 6, 2019
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2 posts

Carol Fleming-Pia
Jun 07, 2019
I was very close to my Aunt Dorthy! Too many miles inbetween us! Growing up, my mom always said, "you just like Aunt Dorthy!" To me, that's an honor!! She called me 'her shadow' and I call my Goddaughter, Mary, 'my shadow!!' I am happy we got to see each other a few more times as I got older as well as with my brothers! I'll miss her vegetable garden...that was one of her joys!! I'm also happy she got to spend a few years with my mom and dad, (her older brother), living with her before he passed. I will truly miss her sarcasm and laugh!! I LOVE YOU AUNTIE AND WILL ALWAYS MISS YOU DEARLY BUT WILL HOLD YOU IN MY HEART FOREVER!!
Ginnie King
Jun 06, 2019
I knew Dorthy many years before I ever met her..A Christmas letter was always mailed to my daddy, Dallas Ebelsheiser.. She was much more grand in person! She loved with all her heart, and i will miss her very much..R I P Mrs. Dorthy.