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“I just heard of Dorothy's passing. She and mom were close friends and I remember all the times we had cake and ice cream for someone's birthday, our...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Colette swan - Rapid city, SD

“I am so sorry to hear of your mother passing. She was a neat lady. I remember her cakes well. I am also sending this note from my parents as well....Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Donna Steppat - Gregory, SD

“I am going to miss my pitch and Bunco playing friend. Such a wonderful lady ”
3 of 10 | Posted by: Sharon Pedersen

“Donna and Doug, So sorry for your loss. Donna, your Mom was a caring woman. I did not know her but from her life story, I can tell she was a gift...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Sue Sperl Ames - Spearfish, SD

“George and I are thinking of you and your family as you mourn the loss of this wonderful, talented woman. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Pat Weston - Oklahoma City, OK

“Such a great lady! Talented in so many ways and always willing to share her talents! My 3boys each have a quilt she made for them when they were...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Sally Harter - Colome, SD - niece

“As a new addition to the family I grew to think of Dorothy as my own family. No matter when we popped in or called she was happy to see us. I...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Amil & Betty Dirksen

“I have so many wonderful memories of being at Dorothy's kitchen table. She welcomed me into her home so many times through out the years. Dorothy was...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Kay Bolton - Dallas, SD

“My family loved this woman! Rest in peace Dorothy ~ God speed to your final home for life eternally ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: Yvette Weickum Fitzgerald - TX

“So sorry to hear of Dorothy's passing. She was always so friendly and outgoing. Always ready and eager to help anyone and to do it with a smile on...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Marianne Thompson - Colome, SD


Dorothy Dean O'Bryan Rohde was born April 29, 1930 at the family farm near Mosher, South Dakota to Boyd and Theodoshia (Eastin) O'Bryan where she joined eleven brothers and sisters. She attended rural schools near her home through eighth grade and attended high school at St. Mary's Catholic School in O'Neill, Nebraska where she graduated in 1948.

On June 2, 1949 Dorothy was united in marriage to Edward Rohde in Dallas, SD. Dorothy and Edward made their home on a farm South of Colome, South Dakota, where they had three children, David, Donna, and Karen, and lived for the next forty-seven years. After her children were grown, Dorothy began a career as a cook working part time at the Sale Barn Cafe in Winner, South Dakota, where she continued to work for twenty years.

Dorothy was well known for her talent as a cake decorator. Many, many birthdays, baptisms, weddings, and other special occasions were celebrated with cakes made by her throughout the neighboring communities. Her talents were many. Among them, was her ability to restore old furniture, as well as car and tractor seats, to look like new again.

In the spring of 1996, Dorothy and Edward moved to their final home in Gregory, South Dakota, due to Edward's declining health. While living in Gregory, Dorothy continued to decorate cakes for special occasions and made several friends throughout the community. Dorothy compassionately cared for her husband during his battle with Parkinson's disease for eight years until he lost his battle in 2004.

During her final years, Dorothy remained very social. She enjoyed greeting everyone she knew when out, but especially looked forward to her Saturday morning coffee group, card parties, Bunco parties, and visits from family, friends, and neighbors.

Dorothy passed away January 22, 2016 at Avera Gregory Hospital at the age of 85.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Edward, of fifty-five years, her parents, her brothers Harvey, Don, Kenneth, and Denny O'Bryan, and sisters Norma Dirksen, Kathryn Shedeed, Vera Wold, and Minella Schueth.

Dorothy is survived by her sister Clarice Poler, her brothers Pat O'Bryan and Richard O'Bryan, and her children David (Sherry) Rohde, Donna (Doug) Kloppel, and Karen (Dan) DeSmet.

Dorothy is also survived by her grandchildren Delonne Yeaton, Chalsea (Mike) Kerkvliet, Mark (Betsy) Rohde, Joseph (Marina) Kloppel, Jedediah (Andrea) Kloppel, Justin Kloppel, Ryan (Rebecca) DeSmet, Amber (Richard) Hudson, and Jena DeSmet. Great grandchildren: Isabella, Sophia, Olivia and Reece Kloppel, Logan Thieman, Bethany and Spencer Yeaton, Arielle, Trinity, and Madisyn Miller, Owen Kerkvliet, Gracie, Tenlie, and Remington Rohde, Rystan and Ryker DeSmet, and Micah Hudson, as well as by many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

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Funeral services for Dorothy Rohde, 85, of Gregory, SD, were held Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Gregory with Father Andrzej Wyrostek as Celebrant. A prayer service was held Tuesday evening at the church.

Alice Slade was in charge of registration.

Music was provided by Mary Beth Gergen, pianist, and the St. Joseph Choir. Cantor was Doris Jelinek. Musical selections were "I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say," "Hail Mary Gentle Mother," "Song of the Body of Christ," "The Song of Farewell," and "Precious Lord Take My Hand."

Lector was Clarice Poler.

Eucharistic Minister was Rita Grim.

Altar Servers were Joseph Veskrna and Jaden Graber.

Gift Bearers were DeLonne Yeaton, Chalsea Kerkvliet, Amber Hudson, and Jena DeSmet.

Flower attendants were Kaye Eckerman and Susan O'Bryan.

Pallbearers were Joseph Kloppel, Jedediah Kloppel, Justin Kloppel, Ryan DeSmet, Mark Rohde, and Russell Dirksen.

Honored Guests were Dorothy's coffee friends, Clarabelle Pavlis, Velma Harmacek, Eileen Caldwell, and Norma Springer.

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