Dorothy Joy Greseth, 83, of Rochester, passed away Monday, January 3, 2022 at Samaritan Bethany.
Dorothy was born October 8, 1938 in La Crosse, WI to Orvin and Martha (Eliason) Benson. Dorothy attended school in a one room schoolhouse through grade school and went on to graduate from Houston High School. After high school, she went on to obtain her Bachelors' degree in Education from Winona State University. Dorothy began her teaching career in Kenyon and then went on to teach in Wanamingo after she met and married the love of her life, Ronald Greseth on June 15, 1963. Ron and Dorothy moved to Rochester in 1967 where Dorothy began teaching at Holmes School, where she eventually retired from after 29 years of teaching. Dorothy was always volunteering her time and talents throughout the community. Dorothy was named the 2008 Rochester, MN Mayor's Medal of Honor for Services to the Elderly. She spent 25 years decorating trees for the Festival of Trees, working at the Samaritan Bethany gift shop for 25 years and baking and organizing the Christmas bake sale at Samaritan Bethany. Dorothy enjoyed doing puzzles, playing games, painting, crafting and spending time at the family cabin up north. She was also a huge Minnesota Gopher fan. Dorothy was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, where she also spent countless hours volunteering time and participating in numerous groups and circles over the years. She was a kind, and generous woman, always giving to others.
Dorothy is survived by her loving husband, Ron; children, Sharri Greseth-Juhnke, Lee Kyle (Jennifer) Greseth; grandchildren, Morgan and Luke and sister, Florence (Richard) Johnson. Dorothy was preceded in death by her sisters, Eva and Leila and by her brother, Ralph.
A celebration of Dorothy's life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Samaritan Bethany, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church or to The Ronald McDonald House in memory of Dorothy. Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Greseth family. To share a special memory or condolence, please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
"We are very sorry to hear of Dorothy's passing. Our many thoughts & prayers are with you & your family, Ron. We have wonderful memories of Dorothy over the years. We saw her often at Samaritan Bethany in the gift shop when we volunteered there. As neighbors in CCM we would see her out for her morning walk when she passed by our home. May she rest in peace. Joe & Carol Hennessey"
"My first memories of Dorothy (and Ron) was when I was a child and our families went on many weekend camping trips. Lots of fun memories catching fireflies and Lee?s peach can!! When I rejoined Gloria Dei with my future husband, Dale, in 1990, Dorothy and Ron were always so kind to us and welcomed us so warmly to the Gloria Dei family. We?ll miss seeing her smiling face in church. Prayers to Ron, Sherry and Lee and the
rest of her family.
Sincerely, Sonja and Dale Amy"
"I met Dorothy at Holmes school , in my first year of teaching in 1981. As a Special Ed. Teacher, I was supporting a special need?s student in her classroom. Back then, this was a new concept for Rochester Public Schools, but Dorothy made me feel welcome and was a wonderful mentor to me in my first year. She always had a big smile for all of the students in her classroom. She was a wonderful woman and educator. My sympathies to her family during this sad time.
"Lee and the Greseth family. So sorry to hear of Mrs. Greseth's passing. "
"Dorothy and I went to Bible camp in 1953. And she and I made lefse at Gloria Dei for several years. "
"SO SORRY TO HEAR OF DOROTHY'S PASSING...COUSIN, YOU WILL BE MISSED BY SO MANY..FAMILY, GRANDCHILDREN, FORMER STUDENTS, AND i AM SURE SO MANY FRIENDS THAT YOU HAD MADE ALONG THE WAY. I KNOW THAT YOUR GRANDCHILDREN AND FORMER STUDENTS MAY HAVE LOTS OF GREAT MEMORIES TO SHARE and to remember you by. REST IN PEACE
"Sending caring thoughts to all of Dorothy's family during this difficult time.
I recall fond memories of camping and New Year's eve card games.
May she rest in peace."