Dorothy Jean Stene (nee Roepke), 81, of Lindstrom, MN passed away peacefully on December 30, 2013 surrounded by her loving husband of 56 years and her children and grandchildren.
Dorothy was born September 29, 1932 to Ernest Richard and Ida Louise Roepke. Dorothy graduated from Woodville High School and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She married Sigvard Eugene Stene on August 3, 1957 and they lived the majority of their years together in Lindstrom, MN. She touched the lives of many children doing what she truly loved, teaching kindergarten from 1955-1992 in Stillwater, MN and Colfax, WI. She spent the majority of her years teaching at the Shafer School and then at Chisago Lakes Primary School.
Dorothy had a zest for life, family and celebrations. She enjoyed traveling, spending time with her family and friends and spending winters in Mesa, AZ and summers at their cabin on Bone Lake in Luck, WI.
Dorothy is preceded in death by parents, Ernest and Ida; her brother Richard Roepke; her nephew Steve Roepke and many aunts and uncles and dear brothers in law and sisters in law.
Dorothy is survived by her husband, Sigvard, her four children; Diane (Craig) Reinking, Karen (Rudy) Cranford, Peter (Becki) Stene, and Mary (Shawn) Gray, and 11 grandchildren; Troy, Jena, Michael, John, Lauren, Alex, Jack, Hannah, Zach, Haley, and Cashton; her grand dogs Daisy, Kindle, and Buddy; and her sister in law Margaret Roepke and many nieces and nephews
Funeral Services 11 a.m. Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lindstrom, Minnesota with a private interment at a later date. Arrangements by the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Lindstrom, Minnesota. Condolences may be left online at ww.grandstrandfh.com