In Memory of

Audrey A. Dushinske

October 12, 1935 - March 12, 2019
From: Cherokee, IA

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.

Tribute Video
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 18th at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Monsignor Kenneth Seifried will officiate.
Adam Dushinske
Sarah Brown
Daniel Dushinske
Paul Dushinske
Julia Dushinske
Jack McLaren
Elizabeth McLaren

2-4:00 p.m. Sunday, March 17th, at the funeral home. The family will be present during this time. A prayer service will follow at 4:00 p.m. 

Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Cherokee


Friday, April 19, 2019 at 9:43 AM
“Audrey and Tom were two of our favorite people. We’ll miss them. Sending love. ”
- Steve and Lori Thomas
Friday, March 22, 2019 at 3:22 PM
“I am so sorry to read this today. Your mother was a blessing. Always generous, took the time to chat, and always wore her beautiful smile. May you find peace with your loss of such a wonderful mother you must have had.”
- Jennifer Jenness Lockwood
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 12:50 PM
“I remember Audrey whenever I visited the Clinic. She was always so bubbly & happy & had a nice word for me. I know she will be missed.
You have our sympathy & our prayers.”
- John & Molly (Sheehan) Placko
Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 12:43 PM
“To all the Dushinke' sympathies to all of you at this time. It's so hard to lose a parent, and you have lost both in such a close amount of time. They were wonderful people, and I last saw Audrey when burying my father's ashes a few years ago in Cherokee. Amy and I had a great time talking with her. My Dad always talked about the Dushinke boys and their growing up together, so you name was recalled often in his later years.....I miss my parents every day...sending you all lots of love...Molly”
- Molly Sue McDonald
Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 8:10 AM
“Our sympathy to Rod and Patty and all of Audrey's family. She always had a smile years ago in the doctor's office and more recent at Danny's.”
- Fred and Arlene Hollenbeck
Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 8:10 AM
“Our heart felt sympathy goes out the family of Tom and Audrey. We sat by them a lot in church. Have missed them. Rest in peace!
- Margaret and Loui Corzilius
Friday, March 15, 2019 at 12:34 PM
“our sincere sympathies upon learning of Audrey's passing; having known Audrey from her days at The Gardens such a happy and LOVELY LADY, ”
- Diane Schmillen and June Perrin
Friday, March 15, 2019 at 10:02 AM
“Heartfelt sympathies to the extended Dushinske family. To Mike, John, and Julie, I am so sorry for your loss. Then again, if you think about it, she’s probably sitting down having a cocktail with JoAnne having a laugh, while Tom and Teelee argue about Iowa, Iowa State, Republicans, and Democrats. Just like old times. Consider yourselves lucky to have had such great parents, that made your lives a better when your were growing up.”
- Scott Stratton
Friday, March 15, 2019 at 10:02 AM
“I enjoyed getting to know Tom and Audrey during their stay at The Gardens. I always looked forward to our visits and time together. I know that she and Tom are together again. I’m sorry for your loss. May your memories comfort you. ”
- Stacy Bezoni
Friday, March 15, 2019 at 10:02 AM
“Always enjoyed visiting with your mother at Danny’s and around town. She was a beautiful lady!”
- Jean VerSteeg
Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 8:16 AM
“RIP Audrey
i'm guessing she and Tee are at a gathering right now!”
- Steve Conley
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 4:28 PM
“May your loved one rest in peace, and you find comfort in her life's example.”
- Randal Netley
Send Your Condolences
  • logo
  • Cherokee 216 South 2nd Street
    Highway 59 South
    Cherokee, Iowa 51012
    (712) 225-4886
  • Marcus 100 Eagle Avenue
    Marcus, Iowa 51035
    (712) 376-4886