Obituary – Dolores Thoene

HARTINGTON — Dolores Irene Thoene, 93, Hartington, died Oct. 14, 2016, at the Golden Living Center, Hartington.

Visitation and a vigil service were Sunday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Hartington.

Mass of Christian Burial was Oct. 17 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, with the Rev. Owen Korte officiating. Burial was at Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Bow Valley.

Pallbearers were her grandsons, Jeff Bruning, Pat Bruning, Ben Pinkelman, Matt Thoene, Glen Thoene, Wes Thoene, Wade Thoene, Hal Thoene and Mark Thoene.

Honorary pallbearers were Dolores’ granddaughters, Laurie Lammers, Kim Puntney, Sara Brown, Josie Cannon, Becky Pinkelman, Kay Hindt, Michelle Fouts, Amy Burbach and Lisa Davis.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.

Dolores “Toots” was born Feb. 26, 1923, in Stuart, to John and Ida (Friedel) Steinhauser. She grew up in the Stuart area and graduated from Stuart High School. Dolores went to Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, S.D., for nurses training in 1942, for two and one half years and then had six months of training at the Army Hospital in Clinton, Iowa. She graduated from nursing in August 1945, and then worked for five years in Luverne, Minn.; Woodland, Calif,; and Laramie, Wyo. Dolores married Alton G. “Dick” Thoene Oct. 4, 1950, in Stuart. They had six children. Dolores went back to work in 1965 at Sacred Heart Hospital and then later worked at the Yankton Human Services Center until she retired in May 1985. Dolores and Dick lived on the family farm, which was homesteaded by his grandfather, from 1950-1980. They moved into Hartington in 1980.

Dolores was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and its Perpetual Adoration. She belonged to the Catholic Daughters of America, Christian Mothers, the Hartington VFW Post 5283 Auxiliary, and the Wynot American Legion Auxiliary. She liked to play cards, loved her poodles, crocheting, and making afghans for her grandkids. She made great apple pies and angel food cakes for all her kids’ birthdays.

She is survived by her six children and spouses, Susan Thoene, Hartington; Sharleen and Bob Bruning, Wynot; Donna and Ed Koch, Fordyce; Violet and Stephen Pinkelman, Wynot; Robert and Laureen Thoene, Bow Valley; Bill and Marilyn Thoene, Hartington; 18 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Edith “Punk” Steinhauser, Stuart; brother-in-law, Charles, and wife, Ruth Thone, Lincoln.

Dolores was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alton “Dick,” Oct. 16, 2014, at the age of 92; and brother, Harvey Steinhauser.