Dorothy Hauptli, 94, of LeSueur and formerly of Wabasso died Thursday, October 22, 2009 at Seasons in Redwood Falls. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today from the Nelson-Martin Funeral Chapel in Redwood Falls with burial to follow in Salem United Methodist Cemetery, rural Wabasso. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.


 

 


Dorothy Hauptli, 94, of LeSueur and formerly of Wabasso died Thursday, October 22, 2009 at Seasons in Redwood Falls. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today from the Nelson-Martin Funeral Chapel in Redwood Falls with burial to follow in Salem United Methodist Cemetery, rural Wabasso. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Arrangements are with the Nelson-Martin Funeral Service of Redwood Falls. E-mail condolences may be sent via www.nelsonmartinfuneralservice.com.

Dorothy Etta Hauptli, the daughter of Walter and Ruby (Erion) Clark, was born April 20, 1915 in Sherwood, N.D. She grew up in North Dakota and received her education there. Dorothy came to Minnesota after high school to work and then attended beauty school in Minneapolis. She worked in a Morgan beauty shop for a time before her marriage. On December 22, 1938, Dorothy married Leonard Hauptli in Redwood Falls and they made their home in Wabasso. Being a wife and mother to nine children made for a busy homemaker’s life, but Dorothy also found time to help Leonard with his painting business. Dorothy was a spiritual person; she and her family attended the “little white church on the hill” east of Wabasso. Later in her life, Dorothy became a member of the Jehovah’s Witness congregation.

Dorothy spent her retirement years in the southern and western parts of the United States.  She and Leonard enjoyed traveling in the United States and Europe, including trips to Finland to visit their exchange student Jarmo, to Switzerland to visit Leonard’s ancestors, as well as trips to Germany and Austria. For the past 29 years, Dorothy was a winter Texan in Pharr, Texas where she worked in the sewing room, did oil and watercolor painting, wood carving, and crocheting. Dorothy also enjoyed synchronized swimming, playing mah jong, and volunteering as a reading tutor at a local school. In 2003, Dorothy moved to LeSueur to be near her family.

She is survived by her daughters Janice (John) Loewe of LeSueur, Joyce (David) Sauter of Winter, Wis., Linda (Dale) Littlefield of Colorado Springs, Col., Greta (Jim) Franklin of Redwood Falls, and Sherrie (Gary) Brink of Alexandria; sons Wayne (Georgette) of Glencoe, Dale (Karen) of Faribault, and Mylo of Santa Margarita, Cal.; daughter-in-law Patricia (Nelson) Mikita of Colorado Springs; and exchange student Jarmo Karapaaka of Finland. Also surviving are 22 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; her sisters Marcia Rowell of Tracy, and Verna (Bill) Garber of Cando, N.D.; and brother Robert (LaVerne) Clark of Virginia. 

She was preceded in death by her husband Leonard in 2004; her son Paul; brother Walter; and sisters Clarice Reed and Hazel Newhouse.

Blessed be her memory.