Dorothymae (Fethke) Nestegard, 101, of Eau Claire passed away on Friday, August 20, 2021, at Mayo Clinic Health Systems-Eau Claire.

Dorothymae was the daughter of Julius and Emma (Frase) Fethke and grew up in Foster. She graduated from Eau Claire High School in 1938 and attended Macalester College and MacPhail School of Music. Dorothymae joined the Navy during WWII and worked as a legal secretary until retirement.

Dorothymae is survived by her cousins and friends.

Dorothymae was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Louis.

Funeral services will be Friday, August 27, 2021, at 1:00 pm at Smith Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at Rest Haven Cemetery.


  1. Dorothymae and I became friends while I was working at Wilcox & Wilcox with her back over 45 years ago. When I moved to a different job, we met for lunch on our birthdays – in May and August – for 40 years. Our last lunch was August 5, 2021, when I picked her up from her assisted living and took her to Red Lobster (her favorite restaurant). Dorothymae told me that day as I left her, “I’m ready to die – I never thought I would live this long”. Her faith was strong and I know she is with her savior waiting for her promised “everlasting life”. Thank you, God, for Dorothymae’s life and our friendship!
    Dorothy Luedtke

  2. Dorothymae was a very special person to me. I worked with her for several years in the law office where we enjoyed each others company. I talked with her in May on her birthday and will miss our many enjoyable conversations. Good Bye, Dear Friend.

  3. I am sorry to learn of Dorothymae’s passing. I only came to know her in recent years, taking her grocery shopping and also accompanying her to her medical appointments. I will miss her. We had many nice visits.
    Due to prior commitments, I will not be able to attend the funeral.
    Alice Hagen

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