Dorothy G. Cloeter

Dorothy “Dottie” G. (Raabe) Cloeter

November 2, 1927 – April 25, 2021

 Preceded in death by husband, Martin; four sisters; one granddaughter.  Survived by children: Rachel Brandenburg (Terry), Dan Cloeter (Marji), David Cloeter (Lisa); ten grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren.

VISITATION observing CDC guidelines: Friday, April 30th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the West Center Chapel.  FUNERAL SERVICE: Monday, May 3rd at 10:30am at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Chaska, MN. Memorials are suggested to Lutheran Hour Ministries or Reaching the Unreached INDA.




Dorothy “Dottie” G. (Raabe) Cloeter was received into the loving arms of Jesus, her Good Shepherd, on April 25, 2021 at the age of 93.  Dottie was born on November 2, 1927 in Wisner, Nebraska.  She was the youngest of six children born to Otto and Amelia Raabe.  Dottie attended elementary school at St. John Lutheran School, Beemer, Nebraska; high school in Wisner, Nebraska; and a year of college at Concordia, Seward, Nebraska. 

On July 27, 1948 Dottie married Martin “Marty” Cloeter at St. John Lutheran Church in Beemer, NE.  The Cloeters ministered in Lutheran churches and schools in Ohio, Minnesota, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Nebraska where Dottie served as a teacher and frequent soloist and Marty served as Principal and Pastor. 

Dottie loved serving alongside her husband as pastor’s wife.  She loved her children and was a treasured mom, grandma, and oma.  Dottie’s passion was sharing Jesus and participating in Bible Studies.  She enjoyed walking, playing cards, social gatherings, outdoor and later indoor camping with close friends, family reunions, children’s and grandchildren’s sporting and musical events.  Dottie holds the Cloeter family record for most funny stories about a person.            

Preceded in death by husband, Martin; four sisters; one granddaughter, Bethany Brandenburg.  Survived by children: Rachel Brandenburg (Terry), Dan Cloeter (Marji, David Cloeter (Lisa); grandchildren: Amy Schmidt (Scott), Jennifer Kreikemeier (Brad), Allison Cloeter; Paul Cloeter (Nic), Rebecca Barajas (Pablo), Annaliese Ward (Alex), Timothy Cloeter (Anna), Sarah Herrmann (David), Hannah Civiello (Anthony), Marysa Cloeter; fourteen great-grandchildren; brother, Bernard; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.  

“I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labors and their works will follow them.’” Revelation 14:13




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