Dorothy Huft passed away peacefully in her sleep on April 6, 2017. She had recently celebrated her 96th birthday.
Dorothy was born March 31, 1921 in Vanstel, Mont., the third of eleven children born to Wilhelm and Emilie (Mittelsteadt) Saur. The family homesteaded north of Vananda, Mont. After her father passed away in 1936, the family moved to Marsh, Mont. While living in Marsh, Dorothy would take the train to Glendive in order to work to support her family, returning on the weekends. In Marsh, she met the love of her life, Ernest Huft. Ernest and Dorothy were married on March 20, 1943 in Medford, Ore. After Ernest’s return from WWII, the couple lived in Glendive. Two children were born to this union: Gordon and Caryn. The family lived in Fallon, on Cracker Box Route and primarily in Glendive. Dorothy worked for many years cutting meat at People’s Market and Warehouse Grocery as well as working at Coast to Coast. Ernest passed away in 1992. Dorothy continued to live in Glendive until 1999 when she moved in with her daughter Caryn where she resided until her death.
During her life, Dorothy was a member of Hope American Lutheran Church and Zion Lutheran Church, as well as Hill and Dale Homemaker’s Club. She taught Sunday school for many years, was a member of the Ladies Aide groups and enjoyed making quilts for the church. She loved singing with her siblings and putting together jigsaw puzzles with her family. She also loved making kuchen for family reunions. Dorothy was always happiest when she was with her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Huft; her parents, and step-father, Louie Nygaard; her brothers, Gerhard Saur, Jacob Saur and William Saur; and sisters Ruth Huft and Anita Koschel.
Dorothy is survived by her son, Gordon (Mitzi) Huft of Townsend, Mont; daughter, Caryn (Doug) Rein of Terry; five grandchildren, Paula Rein of Terry, Pete (Heather) Rein of Shepherd, Vondra Iverson of N.D., VaNessa (Tambouzi) Green of Georgia, and Buster (Sarah) Strauser of Billings; 9 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild; brother, Dan (Lorraine) Saur of Cheyenne, Wyo.; sisters, Christine Gaetz of Billings, Marie Dalke of Wash., and Viola Brausser of Ore.; and sister-in-law, Elna Saur of Billings.
The family would like to thank Rita Plann for her years of working with Dorothy.
Visitation will be held on Monday, April 10, 2017 at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Terry followed by a prayer service at 6 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Hope American Lutheran Church in Fallon. Interment will follow in the Dawson Memorial Cemetery in Glendive. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Terry is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Hope American Lutheran Church in Fallon, MT.