Written by The Wolf Point Herald
Dorothy Simensen, 69, of Wolf Point, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings.
She was born Nov. 1, 1943, to Mary and Vernon Papka in Brookings, S.D. She grew up in Minnesota and Billings with nine siblings, helping her mother to care for them. She graduated from Billings Central High School in 1961.
In 1963, she married Maurice Roll and they had three children, Karen, Mary Kay and Sheila. She was a homemaker until her children were of school age. She then became an Avon representative. She also worked as a food server/cook in the Wolf Point school system and was a big fan of the Wolves’ athletic teams over the years.
She enjoyed many activities such as bowling, ceramics, softball, horseback riding and throwing darts. She also was an excellent seamstress and sewed many clothes for her daughters when they were young and even made prom and bridesmaid dresses, cheerleading outfits and western shirts.
She was very involved in the Catholic church, attending regularly. She was a lector and greeter.
She enjoyed spending time with her family. She loved playing cards and other games. She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and showed pictures of them to everyone.
In 1990, she married Don Simensen and began a new chapter in her life as a farmer and rancher. She enjoyed raising cows and was always happy in the spring when the calves were born. She enjoyed the many activities involved in the cattle industry such as moving cows and branding. She and Don enjoyed going on wagon trains, hunting and attending rodeos. They also shared a passion for watching football. Her favorite team was the Minnesota Vikings.
She was a very close friend of some of the members of the Prairie Elk Colony and enjoyed spending time with them.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Virgil; and a grandson, Kruz Porter.
She is survived by her husband, Don Simensen; three daughters, Karen Dahl of Great Falls, Mary Kay Hoch of Williston, N.D., and Sheila Doornek of Livingston; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and her siblings; Gary, Keith, Rita, Dave, Will, Kenny, Donna and Darlene.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, April 29, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wolf Point. Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point is assisting with arrangements.