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Official Obituary of

Dorothy Mae (Beckman) Hanft

June 16, 1932 ~ March 6, 2024 (age 91) 91 Years Old

Dorothy Hanft Obituary

Dorothy Mae (Beckman) Hanft, 91, formerly of Muscatine, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully on March 6, 2024 at Fieldstone of Dewitt. Per her request, her body has been cremated. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 2:00 PM at the Snyder and Hollenbaugh Funeral Home for Funeral and Cremation Services. Rev. Willie Rosin will officiate the memorial. Following the services a time of food and fellowship will be held at the funeral home’s Community Room. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Genesis Hospice at 2546 Tech Drive, Bettendorf, IA 52722 or Rheumatology Research Foundation at 2200 Lake Boulevard NE, Atlanta, GA.  Sympathy notes may be left for the Hanft family at 

Dorothy Mae Beckman was born in Muscatine on June 16, 1932, the daughter of Henry C. and Emilie (Klebe) Beckman. She attended the Lutheran School and was a lifelong Lutheran.  Her faith was strong and she relied on it many times during her life. She graduated from Muscatine High School in 1950. On May 23, 1954, Dorothy was united in marriage to John “Jack” Hanft in Muscatine. They spent their early years farming near West Liberty before moving to Muscatine in 1959.  She was a member of the Eastern Star in West Liberty.  Dorothy was a stay-at-home mother and provided much support to their three children through being a scout leader, volunteering on PTA committees, being a room mother, cheerleader during baseball and football games, and a coordinator for many Rainbow and DeMolay events.  She later worked for GPC as a receptionist and in the lab, and then for First National Bank as a teller. Dorothy was an excellent homemaker, great cook, baker and loved to host dinners for family and friends.  She was an avid flower gardener and took pride when neighbors and strangers stopped by to compliment her efforts. Dorothy was an avid letter writer, penning letters each week to her children living away from Muscatine.  She loved interior design, her collection of teacups and apple mementos and she crafted, knitted, crocheted and cross-stitched numerous items for her home as well as for gifts.  Dorothy’s greatest love was for Jack, and her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, teaching them many of her talents, such as cooking, baking, painting, crafts and how to have fun at play. Dorothy could be seen with her children or grandchildren on a blanket looking at the clouds and listening to the birds and insects. She enjoyed watching sports, especially the Iowa Hawkeyes and Lady Hawks. Dorothy also enjoyed the company of her group of friends from high school, who gathered at least once a month for over 20 years to shop and have lunch together all over the area.   

Those left to honor Dorothy’s memory are her children: Sandra K. Riggs and husband, Tom of North Carolina; Jeffrey J. Hanft and wife, Diane, of Ohio; and Donald D. Hanft of Columbus Junction; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one sister, Marie Christian of Plainfield, IL. 

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; one sister, Josephine Rumbavage; and three brothers, Frank Flickinger, Henry “Heinie” Flickinger and Frederick Beckman; and a very special aunt, Blanche Beckman. 

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