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Dora Baum-Rooney

Dora Elizabeth (Pinkerton) Baum-Rooney, 85, of Spirit Lake, Iowa, formerly of Quimby, passed away Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 2 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in Spirit Lake, with the Rev. Brian Hughes officiating. Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday in Maryhill Visitation Cemetery in rural Cherokee, Iowa.

There was a rosary led by The Catholic Daughters at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1 at Schuchert-Lentz Funeral Home in Spirit Lake, with visitation to follow until 6 p.m. Online condolences may be sent to

Dora, the daughter of Perry Lyle and Edna Mildred (Morgan) Pinkerton, was born on Nov. 16, 1931, in Willow Township near Quimby.

She graduated from Quimby Consolidated School in 1950. She attended the Americana Beauty School in Des Moines and the Des Moines Area Community College.

On July 6, 1950, Dora was united in marriage to Gerald Eugene Baum in Cherokee. Gerald preceded her in death in 1999.

On August 14, 2004, Dora was united in marriage to Dr. Joseph M. Rooney in Spirit Lake.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where she was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas and Saint Joe Quilters.

Dora enjoyed playing AAU women’s basketball and bowling.

Left to cherish Dora’s memory is her husband, Dr. Joseph M. Rooney of Spirit Lake; children, Dolores (Duane) Baum Engle of Saint Paul, Minn., Sherry Baum Kennedy of Gulfport, Miss., and Joseph L. (Luann) Baum of Des Moines; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and her brother, Neal (Norma) Pinkerton of Kingsley, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Dale Earl and Robert Dean Pinkerton.

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