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Dorothy Jean Ochsner

Rev. Gordon Harris
Organist ~ Lois Hehn
Special Music by Linda Kronaizl
Congregational Hymns
“Amazing Grace”
“Abide With Me”
Bill Schoon
Roland Schoon
Lelund Schoon
Harley Verhulst
Chad Voji
Robert Ochsner
Marty Munkvold
Dorothy Jean Ochsner was born on Tuesday, June 13, 1939 at Parkston, South Dakota to Henry and Lena (Mehlhaff) Schoon. She grew up on a farm east of Parkston and attended Fairview School District #9. She was baptized and confirmed by Rev. Henry Roemer. On February 22, 1959, she married Kenneth Ochsner at the Bethany Reformed Church in Scotland. Dorothy was a farm wife all her life. She was an active member of the UCC Women’s Fellowship and served as the treasurer for many years. Dorothy enjoyed cooking, baking, embroidery work, quilting, gardening and playing softball in her younger years. She also was an avid bowler most of her adult life until her health began to fail, winning numerous awards and trophies.  Dorothy passed away on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at the Select Specialty Hospital in Sioux Falls at the age of 71 years, 8 months and 30 days.
Dorothy’s memory will be cherished by her husband, Kenneth Ochsner of Kaylor; her daughter, Beverly (Robert) Ulmer of Tabor; three sons: Mark Ochsner of Kaylor, John (Kim) Ochsner of Hartford, and Ardell (Betsy) Ochsner of Jesup, Iowa; nine grandchildren: Stephanie, Brittany, Lindsay and Scott Ulmer, and Tanya, Kyle, Zoey, Kamden and Brennan Ochsner; one sister, Darlene Schoon of Freeman; two brothers: Roger (Donna) Schoon of Whitewood and Louis (Ann) Schoon of Parkston; and her numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Kenneth Schoon, and sister-in-law, Erna Schoon.

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Dear Ardell and family - Sorry to hear about your mom's passing. I remember your mom as always working outside everyday, and waving to her every morning and evening as the bus drove by. She was a hard working farmer's wife and usually up to her boots in mud/dirt/?? (not the life an average women can handle). My prayers are with you and your family.

Karen (Jerke) Davis Mar 16 2011 12:07 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you mourn this great loss. Find comfort in all the great memories and blessings she brought into all our lives. God Bless.

Nicole & Bill Suurmeier Mar 16 2011 7:26 AM

Bev: I never met your Mother but if she was anything like you she had to be a very wonderful person. Keep all the memories of her in your heart forever, may God bless you and keep you during this time of sorrow.

Marjorie Tjeerdsma Mar 16 2011 6:37 AM

Growing up I spent many a summers at Kenny and Dorothy's farm, as Dorothy was my Dad's sister. We got the most exciting chores - like cleaning out the hog barn, stacked bales, mowing and I even did a little plowing (until the fence run in). I enjoyed going to Kaylor and being on the farm with my cousins, Aunt and Uncle. It is where Mark taught me to drive the red truck. Poor boy. Dorothy was an wonderful person and will be greatly missed especially during our family summer camping trips. God Bless the family and may Dorothy finally rest in peace. Monica

Monica Jean (Schoon) Johnson Mar 15 2011 10:59 AM

Ken, Bev and family - My thoughts and prayers go out to you at this difficult time. I was so grateful to have met Dorothy and worked with her so closely for a while in therapy. She was a great lady, always positive and willing to work to get to her goals. May God be with all of you at this time of sorrow and fill your hearts with joy knowing she is finally resting in peace.

Erin Odens Mar 15 2011 9:22 AM

Dorothy was like a mother to me. I have known her since I was 15 years old and she has always been accepting of me even before she should have been. Dorothy never judged. She accepted everyone with open arms and made them a part of our family. Dorothy was the heart and soul of our family and will be greatly missed. I truly believe God takes home those that are too good for this earth. May she find the peace and pain free living that she solely deserved in her mansion in the sky. God bless you Ma!

Kim Ochsner Mar 15 2011 7:07 AM

Sue and Del both remember calling the house and not knowing whether they were talking to Kenny or Dorothy. Del believes that Dorothy's voice is lower than Kenny's. Sue says that Dorothy made bowling fun, she enjoyed just bowling. We both will miss her greatly. She is a special lady with a wonderful zest for life. She was a great (awesome would work too) cook. No amount of words could express our sorrow nor take away the pain of losing her. God bless you. Del, Sue and family

Del & Sue Neumeister Mar 14 2011 6:06 PM