Dorothy Diane Bietz
Born: December 7, 1946
Resided: Scotland, South Dakota
Died: February 15, 2021
Dorothy Bietz, age 74 of Scotland, passed away Monday, February 15, 2021 at Landmann-Jungman Memorial Hospital in Scotland.
Dorothy Diane Thum was born to Elton "Shorty" and Charlotte (Muehlbeier) Thum on December 7,1946, at the Scotland Clinic. She was baptized and confirmed in the Scotland Congregational Church. Dorothy went to eight years of country school, graduated from Scotland High School in 1964 and Southern State Teachers College in 1967. She taught one year in Rock Rapids, lowa, and eight years in Menno. She married Dennis Bietz on November 10, 1968. They have two children, Mike and Amy. When Amy was born Dorothy became a stay-at-home mother and farm wife doing whatever was necessary, whenever necessary, including driving the dreaded grain cart.
Dorothy loved music, playing piano and singing, all of her life. Dorothy shared her love of music by co-directing, with Karen Rettedal, the Zion Lutheran Church adult choir for 41 years. Dorothy and Karen also led some of the Sunday school music at Zion for over 25 years. Dorothy and Karen spent many fun hours listening to and choosing music that the choir would like. She strove to use her musical gifts to make worship enjoyable and spiritually rewarding for the entire congregation. Dorothy loved serving at church and helping wherever she was needed. She enjoyed bowling and golfing, playing in various leagues and making lots of friends along the way. She was a substitute teacher for many years, and after moving from the farm to Scotland in 2016, spent many enjoyable hours volunteering at the Youth Center.
Dorothy and Dennis loved traveling with their friends to Europe, Canada, and around the country, making great memories along the way. She adored her grandchildren, and loved watching them in their activities and planning visits with them. Her desire to spend moments with her family, especially her precious grandchildren, was stronger than the discomfort of two years of chemo, radiation, tests, and procedures.
On February 1, 2021, Dorothy asked her doctor when she could hug people again after getting her second covid shot the next day. She was told two weeks and Dorothy went home and circled February 16 on her calendar. Little did we know that she would be hugging Jesus on February 15. Dorothy's loving, kind personality which always put others first came to light this past week as doctors, nurses, family, and friends were able to tell Dorothy and her family how much her kindness meant to them.
Dorothy is survived by her husband Dennis; son Mike (Stephanie) Bietz, Pierre and their children Annaliese, Emersen, and Polly; daughter Amy (Tim) Bartlett, Lee's Summit, MO and son Nate; sister Rita (Don) Baker, and brother Dennis (Ellen) Thum. She is also survived by father-in-law Eugene Bietz; sister-in-law Donna (Ron) Nelson; aunt Viola Popma; uncle and aunt Lester and Shirley Muehlbeier, and by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Cancer may have taken Dorothy's body but it did not take her mind, her spirit, or her soul. Her standard response when asked how she was doing was "I'm fine" or "I'll be fine" and now she is truly fine in God's embrace.
2/22/2021 Mrs. Linda Kluthe Scotland, SD
I send my sympathy to all of Dorothy's family. I did not know her well, but my husband Terry was very grateful to have Dorothy as a substitute teacher from 1981-1989, when he was the elementary principal here. He was always so happy when he called her on a cold, winter morning (or anytime), and she said yes. He knew then that he had a good teacher going into the classroom for the children. She was at the top of his list, and I know they had a good relationship those many years ago. I showed her obituary to my son, Troy, and he smiled as he said he remembered her as a favorite substitute.
2/21/2021 Paul Kautz Princeton, IL
Dennis and family/ So very, very sorry to hear about Dorothy. Such a lovely, caring person, and such an asset to the Lutheran music program. Always enjoyed stopping in and joining the choir when home, whether I was invited or not. She will be sorely missed. God bless.
2/20/2021 Pam (Popma) Bell Raymore, MO
Dorothy was such a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. She always had such a great attitude and was full of laughter. She did so much for Mom and I am truly grateful. My thoughts continue to be with you all.
2/20/2021 Jeanette Nelson Lisbeth Viera, FL
What a lovely tribute you wrote. Dorothy truly was a wonderful person; beautiful inside and out. She was a dear friend, and I will always have such fond memories of her. She had this laugh that seemed to sing. Hearing that laugh always made everyone feel so much better. My best to you all.
2/19/2021 Nancy Foss Penk Hopkins, MN
Our condolences to Dorothy's family with a deep appreciation of her piano and choral music through the decades. She was also my high school friend and a lovely person. God bless and keep you and give you peace.
2/19/2021 Mike Kelley Montgomery, TX
So sorry for your loss. God bless.
2/19/2021 Don Mach Katy, TX
It is with great sadness that I learned of Dorothy's passing. Our families were friends and neighbors for many years. I remember Dorothy as a very nice person in High School and yes she was very attuned to music and choir activities. My siblings and I were so happy a few years ago when she and Dennis bought Mom's home in Scotland and they completely remodeled it.
My deepest condolences to Dennis, Rita and Dennis and the rest of your families.
2/19/2021 Jim and Phyllis Oplinger Olivet , SD
Praying for the family. I always knew my fourth graders were in good hands when Dorothy was in my classroom. Her smile and friendship will be missed by many. Jim and I enjoyed bowling with you guys a few years back. God will see you through this.
2/19/2021 Forrest & Barb Conrad Yankton, SD
Dennis and family, So sorry for your loss. Dorothy was a very talented person. Enjoyed working with her during the Comm Choir days.
2/19/2021 Judy Marn Champlin, MN
A beautiful tribute for a beautiful person. An extra special forever trusted friend! She always had a smile and her laughter filled a room with joy! Her life was a true blessing to many!
2/18/2021 James and Theresa Sedlacek Scotland, South Dakota
To the family of Dorothy-Psalm 136 tells us to give thanks to the Lord for He is good and His love endures forever; and He surely was good in giving Dorothy to "us." She will be missed in many ways and by many people.6376
2/18/2021 Rhonda (Luikens) Isaak Scotland , SD
Dorothy was my 4th grade teacher at Menno Public school. I loved her!! I told her a few years back that she was my favorite “old” teacher! I never meant she was old by no means, just my favorite!! She was so sweet!! Sorry I couldn’t be the former student at your funeral service Mrs. Bietz, thank you for being a wonderful friend and influential person in my life! RIP DOROTHY!
2/18/2021 Frank & Mary Bruna Mitchell , South Dakota
Our sympathy to the family. Frank was born on the same day two hours apart. They were in the same hospital. Our prayers are with you.
2/18/2021 Shannon Robinson (Kocourek) Springfield, Sd
Mrs Bietz was always my favorite substitute teacher her laugh was so contagious she just brought a smile to my face every time. She had the biggest most beautiful smile she was an amazing lady. God bless you all. Prayers to all her family and friends.
2/18/2021 Greg & Cindy Zweifel Scotland , SD
Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Dorothy always had such a beautiful smile available for everyone. She will be terribly missed by many.
2/18/2021 Paul Cremer Pierre, SD
Dear Bietz Family,
Please accept our sincere condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Paul, Joe, Kate Cremer and Toni Richardson
2/17/2021 Cindy (Popma) Brown Greensboro, NC
Dorothy was such a giving person.I remember her most for her genuine laugh and positive disposition. I loved her most for how much she did for our mother when we couldn't since we lived so far away. She is now singing with the angels. Prayers for Dennis, Michael, Amy and the family.
2/17/2021 Mary Lerssen Sioux Falls, SD
Dorothy was a wonderful person and will be missed. We shared having to deal with cancer and when I learned she had to have chemo I sent her hats for when she lost her hair. I remember her calling me and her laughter. She had a great laugh. Prayers and thoughts are with you.
Private family services
due to Covid-19
The service will be livestreamed on the "Zion in Scotland" Facebook group page