In Memory of

Audrey A. Dushinske

Audrey Ann Dushinske (Howard), 83, of Cherokee passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2019 under hospice care at her residence in The Beck.

A mass of Christian burial will be held Monday, March 18 at Immaculate Conception Church in Cherokee. Burial will follow the service at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be Sunday, March 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee, Iowa. 

She was born October 12, 1935 in Worthington Minnesota to A. Earl and Anna (Kuiper) Howard. She graduated from Wilson High School in Cherokee. She married Thomas Dushinske on November 21, 1953 and raised their family and retired in Cherokee. Tom passed away in January 2018. Audrey and Tom have three children, seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. She referred to her grandchildren as her ‘Greats’ and her ‘Grands’. She was very proud of her family.

Audrey worked for the Cherokee Clinic from 1953 to 1978. Following that she assisted at Kiddie Kollege during the school year and in the offices at the Public Health Nurses Office and Cherokee Villa until 1983 when she began work as the office manager for Dr. Pat Harrison. She retired in 1997.

Together, Audrey and Tom loved to dance, play golf, and cheer on the Iowa State Cyclones. She was a devoted friend and loved time spent with them. Audrey was an avid reader and was a fund raiser for the addition to the library – something for which she was very proud.  She also enjoyed gardening, cooking and baking, traveling, and laughing with friends and family.

Preceding her in death were her parents and husband, Tom. Survivors include her children and their spouses:  Michael and Kathleen (Sheehan) of Huffman TX , John and Jill (Maffin) of Sandy, UT, and Julie and John McLaren of Cherokee; grandchildren: Adam (Kim) Dushinske, Sarah (Matt) Brown, Daniel (Molly) Dushinske, Paul (Emily) Dushinske, Julia Dushinske, Jack McLaren, and Elizabeth McLaren; great-grandchildren: Abby Brown, Alex Brown, Brock Dushinske, Marion Dushinske, Riley Dushinske, Otto Dushinske, Nolan Dushinske, and T.J. Dushinske; and brother Rodney Howard and wife Patty of Spencer.

The family would like to thank CRMC Hospice for their kind and loving care.


Greenwood Funeral Home

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