Dorothy Martha Bleeker 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 V. Bleeker. Dorothy taught in rural schools, the Avon public school, was a teacher’s 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 Women’s 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.