Dixie Mengel

Dixie Mengel, the daughter of Earl and Leone (Koebrich) Witcraft, was born February 8, 1932 at Fraser, Iowa and passed from this life April 25, 2020 at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines. She lived her life to the age of 88 years, 2 months and 17 days.
Dixie grew up in Fraser and graduated from the Pilot Mound High School in 1950. She attended and graduated from Drake University in Des Moines in 1953 and started her teaching career.
On December 1, 1956, Dixie Witcraft was united in marriage to Dean Mengel at the Methodist Church in Paton. Seven children were born to this union. The couple made their home in Paton and Dean worked for the Greene County Road Maintenance Department and Dixie continued her elementary teaching career. Dixie taught at Paton Consolidated, Prairie of Gowrie and Paton-Churdan schools. She enjoyed being a teacher and many of her friends were from the teaching community. She took a few years off of full time teaching to focus on her family. When she returned to teaching, she taught part time where she enjoyed working with small groups and 1:1 learning with her students until her retirement in 1995. After both Dixie and Dean retired, they moved to Boone where they lived for seven before moving to Jefferson. While in Jefferson, Dixie and Dean were members of the Jefferson Christ Lutheran Church. Dean passed away in March of 2004 and Dixie later moved to back to Paton and enjoyed volunteering at the Paton Library, going for walks with friends and gardening. Baking was a passion for Dixie and she always kept her freezer full of breads, cookies and other treats to share with family and friends. In August of 2019, Dixie moved to Des Moines to be close to her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed the independent living at Wesley Acres where she participated in church, exercise classes, the library, outdoor walking trail, ballroom dancing and an occasional happy hour that included her first margarita.
Left to mourn her passing are her children and their spouses; Deb (Marty) Nugent of Nevada, Danie Roper of Paton, Joe (Cathy) Mengel of West Des Moines, Jeff (Becky) Mengel of Elgin, IL., Diane (Jim) Allison of Clive, Jed (Deb) Mengel of Des Moines and Jim (Bethany) Mengel of Des Moines, 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Those who preceded her in death were her parents and husband of 47 years.
Graveside services were held at 2:00 P.M. Friday, May 1, 2020 at the Paton Township Cemetery in Paton with Rev. David Arulnathan officiating.

2 thoughts on “Dixie Mengel

  1. Jan Rosdail-Aegerter

    We at Christ Lutheran Church are so sorry to hear of Dixie’s death. She was a special part of our worshiping fellowship. Please let us know if we can be of any assistance.

  2. Kathy Jacob

    Dixie’s personal legacy can be appreciated through her marriage with Dean, children, grandchildren and extended family members. All of which I’ve had the privilege to know. I’m grateful for the gift of love for person and community that she instilled in each of them.
    Kathy Jacob

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