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Dolores "Dee" Elaine Aagaard

March 10, 1927 — November 29, 2020

Dolores Elaine Aagaard, the daughter of Ira and Anna Clemensen Potter, was born March 10, 1927 in Audubon, Iowa and went peacefully to be with the Lord on November 29, 2020 as a result of Covid-19, at Lantern Park Specialty Care in Coralville, Iowa at the age of 93 years, 8 months and 19 days.

Dee was baptized and confirmed at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Audubon, Iowa. She attended the Audubon Community Schools, graduating with the class of 1945. Dee then studied at Iowa Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls, Iowa for one year before returning to Audubon.

On August 20, 1947, she was united in marriage to Glenn Aagaard at the Lutheran Church in Council Bluffs, Iowa. They lived in Audubon and were blessed with four children: Jeff, Jon, Jim and Julie. Dee was an excellent homemaker and took care of things on the home front while Glenn operated Aagaard Construction. They lived in Audubon until 1990 when they moved to Ten Mile Lake in Minnesota where they had vacationed since 1958. It was a special place for Dee and Glenn where many precious family memories were made. They returned to Audubon in 1999 due to Glenn’s declining health. Dee’s love and devotion to Glenn across nearly 55 years of marriage was never more evident than the 3-½ years he lived at the Friendship Home until his passing in 2002. She continued to live in Audubon until 2014, when she moved to a care facility in Iowa City.

Dee was an active member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Audubon. She participated in the women’s Bible study for many years and volunteered at the Friendship Home & Meals on Wheels. Dee’s deep faith in the Lord, especially during the hardest of times, was an inspiration to her family, and she never stopped growing in her faith. She was an avid reader and loved to knit beautiful baby blankets for her family. Dee was blessed with a wonderful sense of humor, positive outlook on life, and many good friends. Her home was always open to greet family and friends, as it was her greatest joy to spend time with those she loved.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Glenn; her parents; her sister, Beverly and husband Leroy Stone; her brothers-in-law, Emmert Aagaard and Robert and wife Ardyce Aagaard; her sisters-in-law: Sena Jacobsen, Bertha and husband Jack Bradbury, Mary Ann and husband Ben Nelson, and Maxine and husband Richard Nelson; her cousin Patricia and husband Gary Berg; her aunts: Nan Reuss, Edna Muntz, and Alma Temple;and her uncles Hans and Jens Clemensen.

Dee is survived by her children: Jeff and wife Cathy Aagaard of West Des Moines, Iowa; Jon and wife Faith Aagaard of Wheaton, Illinois; Jim and wife Pam Aagaard of Edina, Minnesota; and Julie and husband Jim Holte of Coralville, Iowa; her grandchildren: Jennifer and husband Damon Dyche of Ames, Iowa; John and wife Susan Aagaard of Rockville, Maryland; Mike and wife Lindsey Aagaard of Woodbury, Minnesota; Sarah and husband Brian Ligon of Evanston, Illinois; Jon Aagaard of Wheaton, Illinois; Greg and wife Carly Aagaard of Wheaton, Illinois; Anne and husband Greg Sparacio of Wheaton, Illinois; Tom and wife Bianca Aagaard of Wheaton, Illinois; Jenna and husband Ryan Seager of Wheaton, Illinois; Katy and husband Tim Murphy of St. Louis Park, Minnesota; Daniel and wife Ashley Aagaard of Edina, Minnesota; Ali and husband David Reese of Edina, Minnesota; David and wife Kristen Holte of Eugene, Oregon; Andrew Holte of Hanover, New Hampshire; Ryan Holte of Boston, Massachusetts; 23 great-grandchildren; as well as many cousins and nieces.

Dee’s family extends their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Lantern Park Specialty Care and Iowa City Hospice for their loving care.

Because of health concerns related to Covid, a private family funeral service will be held at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Audubon, Iowa with Pastor Dan Beattie officiating. Interment will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Audubon. Casket bearers will be Jeff Aagaard, Jon Aagaard, Jim Aagaard, and Jim Holte. There will be an open viewing on Friday, December 4, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon. The family will not be present at the viewing, but masks will be required for entering.

The family suggests memorials to Lantern Park Specialty Care, (2200 Oakdale Road, Coralville, Iowa 52241), Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, (326 Leroy Street, Audubon, Iowa 50025) or University of Minnesota Foundation, Alzheimer’s Research Fund (13414), (200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455). The Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon is in charge of her arrangements.

While Dee's service will be a private family service due to Covid concerns, it will be live streamed on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 12:00 P.M. on the Facebook page for KESSLER FUNERAL HOMES INC. You will need a Facebook account to view the service. To get to our Facebook page, you may scroll to the bottom of our homepage at, and click the Facebook logo to be taken directly there. Or you can log into your Facebook account, search for KESSLER FUNERAL HOMES INC, and 2-3 minutes prior to the service start, the video will appear in the timeline. Please note: you will not find the video feed prior to the start of the service. If you experience difficulties viewing the broadcast at the time of the service, the recording will remain on our Facebook page for additional viewing opportunities.

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Service Schedule

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Friday, December 4, 2020

9:00am - 4:00 pm (Central time)

Kessler Funeral Homes, Inc. - Audubon

515 South Division Street, Audubon, IA 50025

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