Dorothy Merle Lochner
February 1933 – November 2020
Dorothy Merle Lochner, age 87, was called to her eternal home on November 22, 2020. Dorothy was born in Meriden, Iowa on February 26, 1933 to John and Edith Merle Lochner. She was the second child of eight. Dorothy attended Meriden school, grades K-12. In high school she discovererd her love of sports. Dorothy helped lead her girls basketball team to the State tournament two years, one being when she was still an eighth grader. She accepted Jesus as her personal Saviour at age 15. After high school she attended Trinity Bible College in Chicago. She traveled to Turlock, California with a college friend where she made her home.
Dorothy graduated from Modesto Jr. College with an A.A. and San Jose State College in 1958 with a B.A. degree majoring in Physical Education. Her M.A. degree in Counseling and Guidance would come later from Chapman College.
Turlock High School employed Dorothy in 1958 to teach girls Physical Education for 14 years. She became a counselor in 1972 and retired in 1988. Dorothy was a faithful Turlock High Bulldog all her days.
Dorothy’s love for the Lord led her to serve in many areas of her church. She served as Sunday School teacher, Women’s Ministry leader, Women’s Missionary Society and served on the National Evangelical Free Church of America Mission Board in Minneapolis for 12 years.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents John and Edith Lochner; brothers Dale, Richard and Ronald Lochner; sisters Joyce Hultman, Shirley Lochner, Lois Herron, and Carol Hetrick. She is survived by her dear friend Verna Buerge.
Dorothy enjoyed saying “I will meet you here, there, or in the air.” She would love to see you up there!