Dorothy Pauline (nee Peterson) Lantz Honett

Dorothy Pauline (nee Peterson) Lantz Honett entered eternal life on Thursday, July 19, 2007.

Memorial services were held for Dorothy on July 22 at Eastbrook Church in Milwaukee.

Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home in Mequon served the family.

Funeral services and burial will be held today, July 24, in Red Oak, Iowa.

Dorothy was born to Paul Frederick and Edna Myrtle Cecelia Sederburg Peterson in Scott Township, Montgomery County, Iowa on her Grandfather Fred Peterson’s farm.

She received her elementary education in one-room schoolhouses, including Goldenrod School.

After graduating from Stanton High School, Dorothy married Levi Lantz on June 2, 1944 at Mamreland Lutheran Church in Stanton, Iowa. Following Levi’s military service, they farmed at several locations in Montgomery and Page Counties.

Rearing her five children, Cary, Chris, Nancy, Daniel and Mary Beth, was Dorothy’s number one earthly priority. Dorothy’s children felt very loved.

She also enjoyed gardening, cooking, "neighboring," family fun and travel.

Her greatest love, however, was knowing God and making Him known.

Nancy’s wish was "that everyone would know my Jesus."

Her personal faith and testimony of that love for Christ expanded when she and Levi experienced God’s amazing grace and love in the midst of tragedy - their daughter Nancy died from mumps encephalitis in early childhood.

This pivotal moment in Dorothy’s life and the life of her family has been used by God as a springboard for spreading the Good News of salvation to scores of folks through her years of Sunday school teaching, participation in Ladies Aid and Missionary Society, leading Bible studies, speaking to church groups, nursing home residents, comforting those in grief, and particularly in the lives of her children.

Following 46 years of marriage and Levi’s death from lymphoma, Dorothy married Howard Honett of Thiensville on Dec. 31, 1993 at the Alliance Bible Church in Mequon. The Lantz- and Honett-blended families included new stepchildren and their families, which Dorothy welcom-ed as her own.

Howard and Dorothy spent nearly 14 years enjoying shared ministry in the lives of a great number of individuals and groups in the Milwaukee area including three short-term missions trips to Honduras, local ministry at Eastbrook Church and Child Evangelism Fellowship.

Dorothy wanted to "love people into the Kingdom of God." Her impact on people’s lives was evidenced in her last days in the hospital by the overwhelming testimonies of visitors and phone calls.

She was ushered peacefully into the presence of her Heavenly Father surrounded by prayers, expressed love and singing.

Her final minutes were bathed with the lyrics of "How Great Thou Art" and "I Will Enter His Gates with Thanksgiving."

Dorothy is survived by her husband Howard Honett of Grafton; sister Marie Pendgraft of Spencer, Iowa; brothers LeRoy and Paul Allen Peterson of rural Red Oak, Iowa, Carrol David (Lois) Peterson of Princess Anne, Md. and Lawrence (Martha) Peterson of Sioux Falls, S.D.; children Cary (Janet) Lantz of Clark’s Summit, Pa., Chris (Lois) Lantz of Iowa City, Iowa, Daniel (Jane) Lantz of Clarinda, Iowa, Mary Beth (Dennis) Embke of Farmington, Minn.; grandchildren Sean (Kathy), Megan, Stephanie, Nicole and Julia; great-granddaughters Emma and Lucy; stepchildren Steven (Jane) Honett of Plano, Texas, Stan (Sandy) Honett of Green Bay, Sheryl (Paul) Magelssen of Fosston, Minn., Sharleen (Mark) Trantham of Garland, Texas, Shirley (Kevin) Haworth of Guadalajara, Mexico. She is further survived by 17 stepgrandchildren and 15 step-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to her favorite charities, Child Evangelism Fellowship, the Billy Graham Association or Voice of the Martyrs.

Her family wishes to thank all who have been a part of Dorothy’s life.