Written by Darla Downs
Dorothy Loraine Schled-ewitz passed away on Feb. 10, 2014.
Dorothy Loraine Schled-ewitz was born on Nov. 10, 1926, near Froid, Mont., to Jacob and Marie Brese Damm. The family lived in a German settlement. When Dorothy was about 2½ years old, her father passed away. She was raised by her mother and stepfather, Alvin Smith. Dorothy attended the Froid Public Schools.
She married Dave Schledewitz on Nov. 9, 1946, at the Froid Lutheran Church. They farmed north of Culbertson for a few years and then moved to Culbertson where she was a waitress at a restaurant. In 1959, she went to work for the telephone company as a telephone operator until the company installed dial tone in 1964 and the office was closed. She then worked in various jobs until January 1967 when the family moved to Townsend, Mont. Dorothy worked to get her G.E.D. and then went to work once again for the telephone company as an operator. She retired from US WEST with 28 years of service.
For the next 16 winters, Dave and Dorothy enjoyed their winters in Yuma, Ariz. They enjoyed the warm weather and made many lasting friendships. A Saturday night dance was often enjoyed. Dave and Dorothy enjoyed traveling with their motorhome and also took several bus tours across the U.S. They enjoyed two trips to Germany to visit Arliss and her family and a trip to Hawaii.
Dorothy was an excellent seamstress and made most of her daughters’ clothes throughout the years. She also was an avid quilter and many friends and family members were honored to receive one of her quilts or table runners as a gift. She also enjoyed hardanger embroidery and made beautiful doilies and wall hangings.
Dorothy enjoyed spending time with her family. Her grandkids have many fond memories of her baking and cooking their favorite dishes. She also enjoyed a good card game of Whist and the coffee pot was always on.
Dorothy is survived by her husband of 67 years, Dave; son, Clyde (Carol) of East Helena; and daughters, Sheryl (Clayton McElravy) of Townsend and Arliss (Dave Sakos) of Rapid City, S.D. She is also survived by grandson, Travis (Rhonda) Schledewitz of Helena; granddaughters, Kris (Shane Schmaus) of Montana City, Keirstin Bristow of Fargo, N.D., and Michelle (Greg Scott) of Helena; great-grandchildren Jayme, Adam, Kaylee, Alayna, Ava and Joshua; brother, Harold Damm of Thermopolis, Wyo.; sister, Alyce Arion of Plentywood, Mont.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather and her two brothers, Alfred and Robert Smith.
Services for Dorothy were held at the Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home at 3750 North Montana Ave. in Helena, Mont., at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 14. Visitation was at 10 a.m. A luncheon immediately followed the service. Burial was Fort Harrison at 2 p.m. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice.