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Dorothy M. Bleeker

Dorothy M. Bleeker

Dorothy Bleeker, 95, Emery, died Monday, March 17, 2014 at the Golden Living Center in Salem. Funeral services will be 10:30 am Thursday, March 20 at the First Baptist Church in Emery. Burial will be in the Emery Community Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8:00 pm Wednesday at the Hettinger-Bittner Funeral Chapel in Emery.

She was born November 28, 1918 in Beulah Township, in Hanson County near Alexandria, SD to Ben and Anna Lehr. Dorothy Accepted Christ as her Saviour at age 14 and was baptized by Rev. Gotsche in 1933. She was a member of Plum Creek Baptist Church until 1940 when she joined First Baptist Church in Emery. She graduated from Emery High School in 1935 and Dakota Wesleyan University in 1937. On September 14, 1940 she married Otto Bleeker. Dorothy taught in rural schools, the Avon public school, was a teachers aide in the Emery School and was a clerk in the Emery Post Office for many years. Dorothy was very active at First Baptist Church in the Womens Groups and as a Sunday School Teacher. She and Otto spent many years volunteering at Sioux Falls Seminary. She loved getting to know everyone and made friends instantly. She was an inspiration to all on how to make the world a better place.

The treasures she really enjoyed were her children: Sylvan (Dee) Bleeker, Great Bend, KS and Beth (Cal) Gust, Manitoba, Canada; her grandchildren: Melissa (Eric) Ruff and Lucy, Jude and Theo, White Plains, NY; Josh (Eva) Bleeker, Garland, TX; Joel (Julie) Krosschell and Allison, Aubri and Ethan, Cimarron, KS; Lindsay (Tim) Batke, Alberta, Canada; Laurel (Mark) Koslowski, British Columbia, Canada; and Andrew Gust, Los Angeles, CA.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Otto and her brother, Bob Lehr. Dorothy will be truly missed by all.