Former downtown businessman dies

March 23, 2017

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Ed Henkelman

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Former Tyler business­man Edward Henkel­man died Friday, March 17 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was 70 years old. Henkelman will be remembered by many as the controversial owner of The Black Bear, where the Timber Tavern is currently located.
He is survived by his sons Matt Henkelman and Mark (Jena) Henkelman, both of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; grandchildren Matthew, Avery and Pay­ton; brothers David, Mike, Steve and Tony; and sis­ters Marcella, Dori, Mary, Sylvia and Connie. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Pat and Jerry.
Services to celebrate his life will begin at noon on Thursday, March 23, with a reception continuing un­til 4 p.m. at the American Legion, 1701 W Legion Dr., Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Lisa Pluto

March 23, 2017

obit Pluto LisaFeb. 6, 1969 – March 8, 2017

Lisa Kay Pluto, age 48 of Dodge Center, died Wednesday, March 8 at St. Marys Hospital in Roches­ter.
Memorial service was 12 p.m. Tuesday, March 14 at Faith Lutheran Church in Dodge Center, with Rev. Barb Streed of­ficiating. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Mankato at a later date. Visitation was two hours prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred to the family for the children’s college edu­cation fund. Arrangements handled by Mahn Family Funeral Home Rochester Chapel. Online condolenc­es may be sent to the fam­ily at www.mahnfamilyfu­neralhome.com
She was born Feb. 6, 1969 in St. Cloud to Lyn­don and Joyce (Rogers) Su­kola. She graduated from Apollo High School and received her undergradu­ate degree in international business from St. Cloud State University, and her Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. On Aug. 18, 2001 she was united in marriage to Christopher Pluto and they lived in St. Paul until 2006, when they moved to Dodge Center. In the early stages of her career she practiced all areas of law. In January 2007, she started her own practice, Pluto Legal, concentrating on Medical Assistance and Estate Planning. Lisa great­ly enjoyed helping others, and this was evident in her work as she assisted others, especially the el­derly, helping to put their affairs in order. She was well respected and trusted in her expertise and had frequently presented on Medical Assistance, Estate and Disability Planning. She was a member of sev­eral organizations includ­ing the Wealth Council, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, The Hennepin County Medical Assistance Committee, The Elder Re­source Association, South­ern Minnesota Estate Planning Council, LLC, the Minnesota State Bar As­sociation Agricultural and Rural Law and Elder Law.
Growing up, Lisa had traveled the world with her family and had also studied abroad in Japan as an undergrad. Her love of travel stayed with her throughout her life, but most of her free moments were spent and cherished with her family. She was also quite creative and crafty, often making or de­signing something for or with her children. She was a member of Faith Luther­an Church, Triton Founda­tion and the Girl Scouts.
She will be dearly missed by her loving hus­band, Christopher Pluto of Dodge Center; daugh­ters Morgan and Sydney; son Graham; her parents Lyndon and Joyce Sukola of St. Cloud; sister Lynda (Kevin) Larson of Coon Rapids; niece and nephew Madeleine and Corey and brother-in-law Jon Pluto. She was preceded in death by her mother- and father-in-law John and Barbara Pluto.

Hilda Hansen

March 23, 2017

obit Hilda Hansen-WebJan. 20, 1922 – March 7, 2017

Hilda Hansen age 95 of West Fargo, North Dakota, formerly of Tyler, passed away Tuesday, March 7 at Eventide Sheyenne Cross­ings in West Fargo. Me­morial services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 24 at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Online condolences may be placed at www.ste­phensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service-Tyler Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Hilda Marie (Bollesen) Hansen was born Jan. 20, 1922 in Tyler to Lars and Henrietta (Andersen) Bollesen. She was bap­tized and confirmed at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler and graduated from Tyler High School in 1940. Hilda attended Grandview College in Des Moines, Iowa. Hilda was united in marriage to Or­val Johannes Hansen on Sept. 8, 1946. Together the couple lived and farmed in the Tyler area for many years. Hilda worked at Citizen’s State Bank for a short time and also at the Tyler Fairway store. They managed Danebod Village Apartments from 1973-1979. Beginning in 1981, they wintered in California and for several years were caretakers for the Prescott family in Santa Ana, Cali­fornia. They served as caretakers of the Lincoln County Fairgrounds for a period of time. Hilda was a lifelong member of Dane­bod Lutheran Church and was active in Ladies Aid. Hilda loved family gather­ings and was often the or­ganizer of many of them. She made the best home­made bread and baked goods. She enjoyed cross stitch embroidery, cro­cheting and sewing. She and Orval loved to play cards and she taught her grandchildren how to play cards. In the latter years, she enjoyed giving tours of the Danebod Lutheran Church campus. Hilda was very proud of her Dan­ish heritage and enjoyed introducing Danish tradi­tions to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Orval died Feb. 25, 2005. In 2012 Hilda sold their home and moved to The Living Center in Moorhead so she could be near her children. In September 2015 Hilda was admitted to Eventide Senior Living Communities following a hip fracture. In Janu­ary 2016 Hilda moved to Sheyenne Crossings in West Fargo, North Dakota, where she resided until her death. She will be lov­ingly missed by her fam­ily and friends, as well as the Sheyenne Crossings staff. The staff had a bed­side memorial service on March 7 and shared their memories of Hilda and her pranks. The family would like to thank the Sheyenne Crossings staff for their wonderful care and com­passion during her stay.
Hilda is survived by her sister Alma Miller of Brainerd; children— Roger (Betty) Hansen of Fargo, North Dakota, Owen (Paula) Hansen of West Fargo, North Dakota, and Sharon Hansen; eight grandchildren— Ryan (Shawn) Hansen, Dayna Olson, Loren (Whitney) Hansen, Joel (Amy) Han­sen, David (Becky) Han­sen, Nathan Hansen, Chad (Jody) Faaborg and Kresta Faaborg; 15 great-grand­children—Shelby, Maddi, Luke, Ross, Madysen, Chloe, Lindsey, Alex, Pres­ton, Bryce, Gavin, Sydney, Samantha, Melissa and Soren; step-great-grand­sons Trevor and Tanner Chastek; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, hus­band Orval, brothers and sisters-in-law Reuben and Ardyce Bollesen and Arvid and Joann Bollesen.

Francis Spiczka, Jr.

March 16, 2017

obit Spiczka Frank photoJan. 6, 1944 – April 10, 2016

Memorial Mass of Chris­tian Burial for Francis “Frank” Spiczka, Jr., age 72 of Tyler, will be Saturday, March 18, 10:30 a.m. at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. Visitation will be one hour prior to Mass, all at St Dionysius Catholic Church. Interment will be at St. Dionysius Catholic Cemetery in Tyler. He died Sunday, April 10, 2016 at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler.
Arrangements are pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Send on-line condolences at www. hartquistfuneral.com.
Francis Valerian Spic­zka, Jr. was born to Frank Stanley and Mathilda Ve­ronica (Niedzielski) Spic­zka on Jan. 6, 1944 in Gil­man. In the spring of 1947 Frank moved with his par­ents to Foley, and in the fall of 1947 they moved to Albany, where his dad worked for Kraft Foods. In 1950 the family moved to St. Nicholas, and his dad worked as a boiler engi­neer at the Cold Spring Brewery in Cold Spring. While living in St. Nicho­las, Frank attended Catho­lic school. In 1955 the fam­ily moved to a farm home east of St. Nicholas where Frank attended school in a one-room country school­house. He continued his education at Kimball High School in Kimball. On Feb. 9, 1961 Frank en­listed in the U.S. Air Force and received his techni­cal training in the electri­cal field. His home base was Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, South Dakota. While stationed there he met Karen Bitter­man. Frank was honorably discharged from the Air Force on Feb. 9, 1965 and left active duty. On Feb. 13, 1965 Frank and Karen were united in marriage at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rapid City. Following their marriage they moved to Minneapolis, where Frank worked at a service station then as a mechanic at Co­lumbia Capital Transit. In 1966 they moved to Lake Andes, South Dakota and worked at the Rest Haven Resort. While at the re­sort, a major storm caused power outages over a large area. Frank started work­ing with a powerline con­tractor, Stake Construc­tion. After completing the storm damage repairs he stayed with the contractor and moved to Tyler, set­tling on a farmsite south of town. In the fall of 1967 Frank began working as a power lineman for Lyon- Lincoln Electric Coopera­tive in Tyler. In April 1972 the couple purchased a farm home in Section 32 of Marshfield Township west of Tyler. Frank re­tired as the manager of the Member Relations De­partment and Director of Safety in December 2006 after working for the co­operative for 39 years and six months. On Sunday, April 10, 2016 Frank died at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler at the age of 72.
Frank was a member of St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus as a third degree Catho­lic Knight. He was also a member of the A.C. Han­sen American Legion Post 185. He enjoyed wood­working. He especially en­joyed Mother Nature and spending time outdoors. He watched the sunset whenever possible.
Frank is lovingly remem­bered by his wife Karen of Tyler; four children—Car­ol Alexander of Tyler, Ruth (Matt) Pearson of Front Royal, Virginia, Brenda Brown of Spearfish, South Dakota, and Stanley (San­dy) Spiczka of Front Royal, Virginia; nine grandchil­dren; one great-grandson; five sisters—Mary Ann (Jim) Wegrzyn of Ankeny, Iowa, Delores (Matt) Shif­flet of Minneapolis, Kath­line Stearns of St. Cloud, Celestine (Bob) Beckius of Watkins, and Rosella (Pete) Roeser of Walker; and many other rela­tives and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandson Nicholas, his parents, brothers Benedict and Harry Spiczka, and sister Lorraine Schaffer.

Lisa Pluto

March 16, 2017

obit Pluto LisaFeb. 6, 1944 – March 8, 2017

Lisa Kay Pluto, age 48 of Dodge Center, died Wednesday, March 8 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Roches­ter.
Memorial service was 12 p.m. Tuesday, March 14 at Faith Lutheran Church in Dodge Center, with Rev. Barb Streed of­ficiating. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Mankato at a later date. Visitation was two hours prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred to the family for the children’s college edu­cation fund. Arrangements handled by Mahn Family Funeral Home Rochester Chapel. Online condolenc­es may be sent to the fam­ily at www.mahnfamilyfu­neralhome.com
She was born Feb. 6, 1969 in St. Cloud to Lyn­don and Joyce (Rogers) Su­kola. She graduated from Apollo High School and received her undergradu­ate degree in international business from St. Cloud State University, and her Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. On Aug. 18, 2001 she was united in marriage to Christopher Pluto and they lived in St. Paul until 2006, when they moved to Dodge Center. In the early stages of her career she practiced all areas of law. In January 2007, she started her own practice, Pluto Legal, concentrating on Medical Assistance and Estate Planning. Lisa great­ly enjoyed helping others, and this was evident in her work as she assisted others, especially the el­derly, helping to put their affairs in order. She was well respected and trusted in her expertise and had frequently presented on Medical Assistance, Estate and Disability Planning. She was a member of sev­eral organizations includ­ing the Wealth Council, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, The Hennepin County Medical Assistance Committee, The Elder Re­source Association, South­ern Minnesota Estate Planning Council, LLC, the Minnesota State Bar As­sociation Agricultural and Rural Law and Elder Law.
Growing up, Lisa had traveled the world with her family and had also studied abroad in Japan as an undergrad. Her love of travel stayed with her throughout her life, but most of her free moments were spent and cherished with her family. She was also quite creative and crafty, often making or de­signing something for or with her children. She was a member of Faith Luther­an Church, Triton Founda­tion and the Girl Scouts.
She will be dearly missed by her loving hus­band, Christopher Pluto of Dodge Center; daugh­ters Morgan and Sydney; son Graham; her parents Lyndon and Joyce Sukola of St. Cloud; sister Lynda (Kevin) Larson of Coon Rapids; niece and nephew Madeleine and Corey and brother-in-law Jon Pluto. She was preceded in death by her mother- and father-in-law John and Barbara Pluto.

William Furan

March 9, 2017

obit Furan Bill photoJuly 13, 1944 – Feb. 27, 2017

Memorial service for William “Bill” Furan, age 72 of Tyler, will be Thurs­day, March 9, 2 p.m. at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. Memorial visita­tion is Wednesday, 5-7 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler.
He died Monday, Feb. 27 at his Tyler home.
Arrangements are pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel of Tyler. Send on-line condolences at www. hartquistfuneral.com.
William Allen Furan was born July 13, 1944 to Gilbert and Reva (Culp) Furan in Tracy. He was baptized at Tracy Luther­an Church and later con­firmed at First English Lu­theran Church in Marshall. He attended Marshall High School. While in school he enjoyed playing basket­ball, baseball and football. He was also a member of the band. He graduated from Marshall in 1962. In 1962 he married Gail Wagner and they were blessed with a son, Tim. He lived in California un­til he was drafted into the Army in 1967. He served in the Vietnam War from May 21, 1968 to May 20, 1969. He was honorably discharged on March 27, 1970. While serving his country he was decorated with the Bronze Star, Pur­ple Heart, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Infantry­man Badge 1st Award, and Marksman Badge. After his discharge he attended Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. William was united in marriage to Susan Riecke on June 8, 1974 in Tyler. Their union was blessed with two daughters, Heidi and Heather, and 42 years of life together. He had his own drywall business for many years. He then worked for several post of­fices in the area including Lake Benton, Pipestone, and finally Marshall, un­til he retired in 2006. On Monday, Feb. 27 Bill died unexpectedly at his home in Tyler at the age of 72 years, seven months, and 14 days.
Bill completed his degree in sociology from SMSU in 1996. He enjoyed playing cards, especially Pinochle, and traveling with family and friends. His greatest enjoyment was attending his grandchildren’s sport­ing events. He was anx­iously awaiting the arrival of his great-grandson, who is to be born in June. Bill was a member of Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler, VFW Post 742 of Marshall, and A.C. Hansen American Legion Post 185 in Tyler.
Bill is lovingly remem­ber by his wife Sue; his son Tim (Susie Lee) Furan of Apple Valley; his daugh­ters Heidi (Shannon) Buchert of Russell and Heather Furan of Tyler; grandchildren Creston Dalle, Jaden Cowell, Paige Buchert, Corbyn Sitzmann and Carter Buchert; broth­er Bob (Donna) Furan of Georgetown, Texas; sister Bev Engler of Sioux Falls, South Dakotas; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father Gilbert Furan, his mother Reva (Charlie) Burt, sisters Betty Pow­ell and Ruth Jensen, and brother Mike Burt.

Lorraine Knudsen

March 9, 2017

obit Knudsen SquareJune 4, 1925 – March 4, 2017

Lorraine Knudsen, age 91 of Owatonna, formerly of Tyler, passed away Sat­urday, March 4, at Tradi­tions in Owatonna.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, March 10 at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. Visitation is one hour prior to services. Burial is in the church cem­etery. Online condolences may be placed at www.ste­phensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Tyler Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Lorraine Knudsen was born June 4, 1925 in Lake Benton to Tom and Lu­ella (Sears) Blaine. She at­tended Lake Benton Public School. On Nov. 11, 1946 she was united in mar­riage to Mervil Knudsen in Ruthton. They lived in Lake Benton, then in Van­couver, Washington for a short time before return­ing to the Tyler area.
Lorraine is survived by her son David (Carol) Knudsen; grandchildren Keri Knudsen, Sheila (Knudsen) Sims, Michael Knudsen, Brian Seid, Jes­sica (Seid) Woodruff, Me­lissa (Seid) Parkinson, Brandi (Sharp) Vieths and Renae Sharp; great-grand­children Abby and Austin Sims, Clara and Kyle Wood­ruff, Gabrielle, Sophia and Makenna Parkison, Ol­ivia, Tucker and Finnigan Vieths, Devan Swerman, and Maryn and Makenzie Seid; and many other rela­tives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, hus­band Mervil, daughters Mary Lou Seid and Cindy Sharp, two brothers, and one sister.

Jerry Jagt

March 3, 2017

obit Jagt Jerry cap photoJan. 19, 1948 – Feb. 25, 2017

Memorial service for Jerry Jagt, age 69 of Tyler, will be Monday, March 6, 10:30 a.m. at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. Visitation is Sunday, 3-6 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler.
He died Saturday, Feb. 25 at his home in Tyler.
Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. On-line condolences may be found at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Jan. 19, 1948 was the beginning of Jerry’s 69-year adventure. He was born to Arend and Marie (Brockstedt) Jagt in Tyler. The youngest of four, the kids were always introduced by their father as “David, Carla, Sharon, and late but important, Jerry.” Jerry enjoyed work and play on the farm while attending school in Tyler. After graduation he became a lineman at Lyon Lincoln Electric. He married Joan Buhl in November 1967. Jackie was born in 1971 and Jeryn was born in 1974.
Jerry’s enjoyment of running heavy equipment led to occupations of tiling, rural water and wind tower installing, road grading, over-the-road trucking, farming, and Jerry Jagt Underground. He also owned Jerry’s Plumbing and Heating, the Black Bear Bar & Grill, and worked as greenskeeper at the Tyler Golf Club. According to his friend Gaylin, he was an engineer without a degree—inventing, building and fixing were a huge part of his everyday life.
Adventures were also a part of his life. He enjoyed alligator hunting in Louisiana, gold mining in Alaska, time in South Africa and Zimbabwe with his brother, and visiting Guatemala with Joan. Hobbies included hunting elk, pheasants, bear, and his yearly deer hunts with his buddies and Jeryn. He spent many enjoyable hours on his snowmobile. He was always trying to improve his golf game and especially enjoyed golfing with his Sunday morning group or Jackie. He took an interest in beekeeping in his later years. On Saturday, Feb. 25, Jerry’s 69-year adventure on earth ended when he died peacefully at his home in Tyler.
Jerry is lovingly remembered by his wife of 49 years, Joan; his daughters, Jackie (Trent) Hess of Tyler and Jeryn (Walter) Sia Su of St. Cloud; six grandchildren—Allie Sia Su, Chloe Hess, Rylie Hess, Kian Sia Su, Claire Sia Su, and Tatum Hess; a brother, David (Carmen) Jagt of Winter Haven, Florida; a sister, Carla Burgess of San Antonio, Texas; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Arend and Marie, sister Sharon Jagt, brother-in-law Doug Burgess, his in-laws Ing and Harriet Buhl, and nephew David Jagt.

James Larsen

March 3, 2017

obit Larsen James photoApril 9, 1938 – Feb. 25, 2017

Funeral services for James K. Larsen, age 78 of Park Rapids, formerly of Balaton, will be Wednes­day, March 1, 11 a.m. at Sillerud Lutheran Church, rural Balaton. Visitation was Tuesday, 5-7:30 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30, all at Sillerud Lu­theran Church. Burial will be in Sillerud Cemetery.
He died Saturday at Heritage Living Center in Park Rapids.
Arrangements are pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. On-line registry may be found at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
James Kent Larsen was born April 9, 1938 to Ar­thur and Esther (Meyer) Larsen in Tyler. He was baptized at Immanuel Lu­theran Church and later confirmed at First English Lutheran Church, both in Tyler. He grew up in town and graduated from Tyler High School in 1956, hav­ing been president of the senior class. He continued his education in Brook­ings, South Dakota and Granite Falls, and started farming near Balaton.
On Dec. 3, 1966 Jim married Shirley Larsen at St. Stephens Lutheran Church in Marshall. Their union was blessed with 50 years of life together. The couple farmed near Balaton. Shortly after re­tiring from farming in 1985 they moved to the Twin Cities and worked in management and main­tenance of apartment and condominium complexes. They owned and operated Big Pine Resort in Perham for a time, then moved back to Balaton where Jim worked for Tholens in Marshall, and owned and operated the Balaton Small Mall. In 2003 they moved to Park Rapids. Jim worked at WalMart until retiring completely.
Jim was a member of Sillerud Lutheran Church of rural Balaton and had served on the Church Council. He also served on the boards of Lyon-Lin­coln Electric Co-op and Lyon County Pork Produc­ers. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, working puzzles, playing cards, gardening, and time spent with the family.
Jim is lovingly remem­bered by his wife Shir­ley of Park Rapids; their children, Johnna Larsen of Springfield, Illinois, Donna DeBettinges of Houston, Texas, Mark Lar­sen of Minnetonka, Su­zann (Dion) Pederson of Park Rapids, and Wendy (Brent) Tufto of Lake City; a daughter of the heart, Jeanine Levy of St. Louis Park; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchil­dren; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Connie Johnson.

Dorothy Rourk

March 3, 2017

obit Rourk Dorothy photoMay 11, 1925 – Feb. 25, 2017

Mass of Christian Burial for Dorothy Rourk, age 91 of Lake Benton, will be Thursday, March 2, 10:30 a.m. at St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton. Visitation will be Wednesday, 4-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 4 p.m. and Rosary at 7 p.m., all at the church. Burial will be in St. Genevieve Catholic Cemetery.
She died Saturday, Feb. 25 at Palisades Manor Nursing Home in Garret­son, South Dakota.
Arrangements are pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Send on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Dorothy Marie Rourk was born to Gordon Albert and Eleanor (Pfutzenreu­ter) Dinger on May 11, 1925 in rural Hecla, South Dakota. She was baptized in the Methodist faith and later confirmed in the Catholic faith. She at­tended country schools in South Dakota’s Greenfield Township for eight years. She continued her educa­tion at the high school in Hecla. After Dorothy grad­uated from high school in 1943, she entered busi­ness college in Aberdeen, South Dakota for sec­retarial training. Upon completion of her educa­tion, Dorothy worked as a bookkeeper at Walgreen Drug in Aberdeen. She was among the first Snow Queen Festival candidates in Aberdeen, South Dakota in 1946. On June 14, 1947 she was united in marriage to Robert Rourk at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Aberdeen. Following their marriage, they bought a drug store in Gary, South Dakota. They owned and operated this store until 1959 when they moved to Alexandria, South Da­kota and owned and oper­ated the pharmacy there. In 1963 Bob and Dorothy purchased the pharmacy in Lake Benton, and were able to teach their fam­ily many life skills and life lessons through that busi­ness. The Lake Benton store was sold in 1976. Robert preceded Dorothy in death on Nov. 26, 2010. After his death, Dorothy continued to live in Lake Benton, then Tyler. Follow­ing three weeks of care at Palisades Manor Nursing Home in Garretson, South Dakota, Dorothy went to be with her Lord on Sat­urday, Feb. 25 at the age of 91.
Dorothy was an active member of St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton. While she was there she was a leader of the local and Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, CCD teacher for 30 years, Extraordinary Minister, song leader, lector, and hospitality representative. Dorothy continued to rep­resent her parish by being on committees for Family, Social Concerns, Ad Hoc Committees, and Church Council. She was named 1994 Diocesan Catholic Woman of the Year. She also served on the local and regional boards of the Retired Senior Volun­teer Programs. Dorothy participated in a library program (LIFT) where she read with younger chil­dren, was honored by Del­ta Kappa Gamma Sorority, and was an honored char­ter member of the Opera House group. In 2001, she was elected Outstanding Senior Citizen of Lincoln County. While Dorothy was living at Danebod, she experienced the thrill of a lifetime by having a 600-point hand at a Bridge game with her friends.
Dorothy was a selfless and compassionate wife and mother. She was a nat­ural caretaker, teacher, and leader. She not only uncon­ditionally loved and took great pride in each of her own nine children but also loved and watched over all the neighborhood chil­dren like her own. She did her best to instill Christian values in the young people in her life.
She is lovingly remem­bered by her eight chil­dren—James (Darcy) Rourk of Vancouver, Wash­ington, Janet Wiener of Volga, South Dakota, Ann (Ray) Galbraith of Bry­ant, South Dakota, Karen (Tom) Christiansen of Hur­ley, South Dakota, Mary (Terry) Allen of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Judith (Rich­ard) Biddle of Lino Lakes, Constance Nelson of Gar­retson, South Dakota, and Gordon (Jordan) Rourk of Dallas, Texas; 19 grand­children; 34 great-grand­children; and one sister, Norma Robins of Hawaiian Gardens, California. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert, daughter Donna Rourk, and two brothers, Robert and Ronald Dinger.