Dorothy Grunewaldt, 87, of Faulkton passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the Faulkton Healthcare Center.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday July 30, 2014 at St. Thomas Catholic Church, Faulkton with Fr. John Helmueller officiating. Burial will follow in St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 29, 2014 with a 7:00 p.m. wake service at the church.
Dorothy was born on March 4, 1927 to Joseph and Susan (Barthelemy) Wieseler. She was raised north east of Polo. In her early years of education she attended country school, Zell Boarding School, Orient and graduated high school from St. Liborius in Polo. Dorothy continued her education at Notre Dame in Mitchell for her teaching degree. While teaching at a Country School, she met the love of her life at a dance in Orient, Lawrence Grunewaldt. They were united in marriage on June 10, 1947 and were blessed with five children as they lived on the Cold Spring Ranch west of Orient. Dorothy was a busy farmwife milking cows, growing large vegetable/flower gardens, butchering chickens, sewing and helping where ever needed. She was also very active as a 4-H leader, a member of Jolly Wrens extension club, alters society and Catholic Daughters in Orient and eventually Faulkton Catholic Church. Pies were her specialty and her canned dill pickles were treasured and savored by the family. Among her many passions she loved to dance, play cards and travel. Grandma was known to give her grandkids one of their first driving lessons.
In 1981, Lawrence and Dorothy moved to Faulkton where she became active in two card clubs, delivering Meals on Wheels, Election Superintendent, and a member of Autumn Leaves Senior Center. Dorothy liked to keep very busy and had the saying “We’re Creating Memories”. Hopefully you shared a few with her.
Those left to treasure her memories are her husband, Lawrence of Faulkton; three sons: Paul (Jan) Grunewaldt of Sioux Falls; Ken Grunewaldt of Hayti and John (Nancy) Grunewaldt of Pierre; a daughter, Joyce Grunewaldt of Eagle Butte; grandchildren: Kevin, Brian (Amy), Chad, Kim, Brett, Aaron and Ashley Grunewaldt; great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Dominic (Josephine), Richard, and Robert Wieseler; sister, Catherine (Carl) Nuhsbaumer; and daughter, Cecelia (John Murphy) Grunewaldt.
Luce Funeral Home of Faulkton has been entrusted with Dorothy’s arrangements.