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“My thoughts and prayers are with you! ”
1 of 2 | Posted by: Lorraine Besmer - Custer, SD

“My beloved Aunt Dorothy will always have a spot in my heart. I can still see her and Uncle Bob standing in the yard as we drove up many summers. ...Read More ยป
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Dorothy Orene Bigelow was one of fourteen children born to Frank and Bertha (Mavis) Bertram on April 14, 1926 at Colome, SD. Dorothy was raised on the farm south of Colome and attended school in rural Colome. After her schooling, she helped on the family farm until her marriage.

Dorothy was united in marriage to Robert Bigelow on March 4, 1944. Dorothy helped Bob on their farm doing whatever needed to be done. They raised many chickens and grew large gardens. To this union one son Ray was born.

Dorothy was always a willing worker to help whoever needed help in the community. Dorothy and Bob were honored to be God parents thirteen times. She enjoyed playing pitch in the evenings with family and friends.

Dorothy passed away in her sleep on November 7, 2016 at the Elder Inn in Winner, SD.

Dorothy is survived by her son Ray and wife Sharon Bigelow, of Colome, three grandchildren Bev (Bob) Beck, Ken (Becky) Bigelow, and Barb Bigelow, seven great grandchildren, two step great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, two sisters Maxine Larson and Joyce Smith, and one brother Larry (Sherry) Bertram.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, seven brothers, Richard, Al, Bud, Harold, Willis, Vern, and Guy, and three sisters, Lois, Millie, and Erlene.

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Funeral services for Dorothy Bigelow, 90, were held Monday, November 14, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Colome, SD with Pastor Don Windsperger officiating. A prayer service was held Sunday evening at the church.

Music was provided by Janet Cerv, organist. Congregational hymns were "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," "Amazing Grace," and "The Old Rugged Cross."

Donna Olson and Maryln Knodel were in charge of registration.

Ushers were Roger Miller and Chuck Keiser.

Susan Boomer, Janet Gustafson, Lori Anderson, and Tammy Meyer were in charge of flowers.

Casket Bearers were nephews Wayne Larson, Gene Bertram, Don Ring, Dwayne Bertram, Terry Bertram, and Randy Bertram.

Interment was in the Colome City Cemetery, Colome, SD.

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Letter from Heaven

When tomorrow starts without me,
and I'm not here to see,
if the sun should rise and find your eyes,
filled with tears for me.
I wish so much you wouldn't cry,
the way you did today,
while thinking of the many things
we didn't get to say.
I know you'll miss me too.
When tomorrow starts without me,
for every time you think of me,
I'm right there in your heart.