Dorothy “Dottie” Iverson

Dorothy “Dottie” Iverson


September 21, 1930 - April 20, 2024


Dorothy “Dottie” Iverson, 93, of Sioux City, IA, formerly of Mitchell, SD, went to her heavenly home Saturday, April 20, 2024 at The Heritage at Northern Hills Assisted Living in Sioux City. Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 AM on Friday, May 3, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Servicemen’s Memorial Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be Thursday, May 2, from 5-7:00 PM with a 6:30 PM prayer service at Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Dorothy "Dottie" LaDon (Shoemaker) Iverson was born September 21, 1930, in Fulton, SD. The daughter of Harold and Laura (Lackmann) Smith, she and her mother moved in 1932 to Mitchell, where she grew up and in 1948, graduated from Notre Dame Academy. She worked and lived with her mother Laura and stepfather Sid Shearer at the Lakeview Golf Course from 1946 to 1951. She would rise early to help with groundskeeping and even mowed greens and fairways. She helped her mother Laura cook weekly for the Men’s and Women’s Golf Club. This was around 180 meals a week. During this time, she also worked hard to become an accomplished golfer, which was unusual as it was considered a man’s sport. Dottie was well known in South Dakota as a golfer who won numerous tournaments throughout the surrounding area.

Dottie’s passion in life was caring for others. She attained her nursing degree at St. Joseph School of Nursing in 1951. She worked at Armour Hospital for 2 years and also at the St. Barnabas Hospital in Minneapolis for 2 years, where she attended the University of Minnesota. She returned to Mitchell in 1955 and worked at St. Joseph Hospital for 30 years in several capacities: nurse in Pediatrics, Surgery, ICU, and Coronary Care. She was also an Emergency Room Evening Supervisor and Head Nurse in the Obstetrics & Recovery Room. Her career included working as Director of Nursing at Firesteel Healthcare Center and as an Industrial Nurse for Dakota Pork. Dottie could never walk into a store without someone stopping her to thank her for the special assistance she gave them while they were in her care. Dottie often said she didn’t just want to take care of her patients but she wanted to “care” for them.

On April 14th, 1956 Dottie married Earl (Bud) Shoemaker and they were blessed with 7 children. Bud passed away in 1980 after 24 years of marriage, filled with wonderful family memories. Dottie was also a successful entrepreneur.  She co-owned KaDy Uniforms for 2 years and then took sole ownership in 1982 as Dottie’s Fashion Uniforms.

Throughout her life, she was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church where she was an active volunteer. Dottie was always looking for opportunities to help people, whether it was putting food on their table, providing a place to stay, or money in their pockets. She shared what she had even when times were tough. Most importantly she was always praying for people in need. She was a devoted Catholic who attended daily mass. She always carried a rosary and praying the rosary was part of her daily activity. Her children and grandchildren were sure she had a direct connection with God. They would ask her to pray for them when they were going through various challenges. Even her children’s friends would ask for these special prayers. Dottie felt especially close to the Blessed Mother Mary. Dottie’s mother Laura saved a 4 ft. statue of the Blessed Mother that was displayed in the Notre Dame Academy. The statue was going to be destroyed due to dilapidation. Dottie and Laura kept the statue for numerous years, moving it to wherever Laura lived. After Laura passed in 2008, Dottie restored this statue in Laura’s memory and returned it to its previous glory. This statue was donated to Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell where it is on display.

Dottie married Merv Iverson on October 21, 1988, in Mitchell. Dottie’s early years with Merv were filled with fun trips they would take with the Chrysler Corporation. Merv passed away in 2018. Dottie was also active in the community and served on the Lakeview Golf Board, Council of Aging, Mitchell Concert Series, and The Twentieth Century Society. She was a talented singer and performer. She sang with Sweet Adelines, and performed in several productions of ACT Theatre. Her children fondly remember listening to their mother’s sweet voice singing in the kitchen at the start of each day.

Grateful for having shared her life are her children, Ann Trent of Omaha, NE, Tom Shoemaker of Mitchell, SD, Gail Urso of Brookfield, CT, Sid (Linda) Shoemaker of Sioux City, IA, Mary (Bob) Kobernusz of Sioux Falls, SD, Laura (Reggie) Hair of Charlotte, NC, and step-daughter, Diane Brookstein of Omaha, NE. She had 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Dottie was preceded in death by her son, Glen Shoemaker; husbands, Earl (Bud) Shoemaker and Merv Iverson; and her parents, Sid and Laura Shearer.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Carmelite Monastery, 221 5th St., P. O. Box 67, Alexandria, SD 57311; or the Abbott House, 909 Court Merrill St., Mitchell, SD 57301.


Thursday, May 2, 2024
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Prayer Service

Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Friday, May 3, 2024
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 N Kimball St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Marie Holl on May 1, 2024
Sending thoughts and prayers. Dottie was special. She worked with me when I was Head Nurse of OB at St.JOE'S when we were short of help. But best of all we bowled together, golfed together all for fun. Even golfed in rain .
Posted by Craig Larson on April 29, 2024
I would like to send my condolences to the Shoemaker family. Dottie Was such a wonderful thoughtful person and always willing to help wherever she could. She is in a much better place now, and we will always have the warmth of knowing her and all the good she did. A special lady indeed. she is in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Paula Langenfeld Schmidt on April 28, 2024
I will never forget your mom and all the kindness she displayed to everyone who knew who her, which were a lot of people! She hosted my wedding shower at the Iverson home in their beautiful backyard. A memorable event. Any time I ran into Dottie she always was interested in filling me in on all of her kids whereabouts and accomplishments. I’m sure you all knew how dear you were to her. I remember the last time my dad saw your mom, he commented on how she was such a pretty woman, which no one could deny. She was always dressed in vogue! She will truly be missed. You have my heartfelt sympathies for such a wonderful mother and friend to all who were lucky enough to know her.
Posted by Gary and Kay Shafer on April 26, 2024
We send our sympathies to the entire Shoemaker family, who were neighbors to Gary's parents, when Clyde Shafer passed away at 44 years of age in 1969, she prepared an entire meal the next day for the Shafer families. She was a most compassionate lady and neighbor. Her family were close by and friends to our children over the years, we watched them grow up together. May Dottie enjoy the rewards of heaven she so deserves. To her Children: The lost of a mother cannot be replaced, but the love of a mother can never be lost.
Posted by Camilla Langenfeld on April 26, 2024
My deepest sympathy to the Shoemaker family. Your Mother was so very kind and a dear friend. Hugs and prayers to you all.
Posted by Barb Burg Ewing on April 25, 2024
You Mom was so kind. My sympathies to you.
Posted by Barb Burg Ewing on April 25, 2024
Dear Shoemaker family,
You mom was always so kn
Posted by Pam Lockling on April 24, 2024
I enjoyed talking with Dottie at The Heritage at Northern Hills. She was a sweet, beautiful lady.
Posted by Gloria(Terveen) Walz on April 24, 2024
Dottie was my friend, my mentor, and a blessing to all the little people on our floor. She introduced me to St Jude, and gave me child rearing advice. I’ll never forget her many kindnesses. God be with you.
Posted by Marlene Cain Wright on April 24, 2024
Dottie was a very special person! She took care of my family members with such love and kindness! Anne and family I’m so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful nurse!!
Posted by Terri Schinabeck, Ed Vrable on April 24, 2024
What a Beautiful soul she had Very caring when I walked and passed by. She always offered water. And a Beautiful Smile.
Posted by Shelly Knigge on April 23, 2024
I met Dottie through her son Tom. Eventhough I didn't see her very often, when I did see her she treated me as if she knew me forever and was the sweetest person ever. She always had a smile and would anyways say the nicest things. I'm glad to have met her and know her. She will be deeply missed by many.. HUGS to all her family..
Posted by Hollie Karber on April 23, 2024
So sorry for your loss! Your family is In my thoughts and prayers
Posted by Cindy Schneider on April 22, 2024
Dottie and Merv were always so kind to Dan me when we would get together at Iverson Christmas parties. I remember her as a very kind person. She will certainly be missed by her son and all who called her friend!
Posted by Gary Fessler on April 22, 2024
My mother Darlene spoke of Dottie and enjoyed each others company - now they will meet up again in there club in the sky - I met Dottie several times when out to lunching and other event with my mother - rest in peace Dottie - she was truly a kind lady !
Posted by Pat Tuffs on April 22, 2024
Even though Dottie was my dad’s cousin, she was our Aunt Dottie throughout our lifetime. When my sister, Sharon passed away I struggled with it for a long time. Shortly after Sharon’s death Aunt Dottie sent me the most companionate letter explaining to me why she thought Sharon had passed…in order to care for the children in heaven. I have always cherished this letter and keep it in a safe place
just in case I need to read it when I’m feeling blue. Thank you Aunt Dottie for being there for all of us.
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