"Concerned with the General Welfare of the Deaf of Iowa"

Updated July 4, 2017


Doris J. Visser

October 5, 1922 - July 24. 2015


Doris J. Visser, age 92, of Council Bluffs, passed away July 24, 2015 at Risen Son Christian Village.

Doris was born October 5, 1922 in Omaha to the late Sherman and Carrie (Wiley) Rogers and lived her entire life in Council Bluffs. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1940, where she was involved in all musical activities and events, receiving many honors in state and national cello competitions and contests. Doris attended University of Iowa in 1941 and 1942 majoring in music, and was a member of the University Symphony and Cello Quartet. She earned her B.A. Degree from U.N.O. Doris married William J. Visser of Portland, Michigan on January 7, 1946. After Bill’s discharge from the Air Corps, they settled in Council Bluffs, where they raised four children, Diane, Jo, Betsy and Bill, Jr. Doris was a teacher at Iowa School for the Deaf for 25 years. She was a member of Broadway United Methodist Church and played cello with the Omaha Symphony, where she was the oldest current member. Her love and appreciation of beautiful music was a gift she passed on to her family.

In addition to her parents, Doris was preceded in death by her husband, William in 2003 and her son, William, Jr. in 2005.

Doris is survived by her daughters, Diane (Tom Hart) Davis of Omaha, Jo (Wally) Gall of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Betsy (Don Rea) Moeschler of Bellevue, Nebraska; 6 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

Graveside service and burial of cremated remains, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 1:00 p.m. in Cedar Lawn Cemetery. Paul Crane officated. Memorials are suggested to the Omaha Youth Symphony or Iowa School for the Deaf.