November 17, 2010

Dorothy Senger

Dorothy Senger, 94, of Williston, more recently of the Tioga Long Term Care facility in Tioga, died Sunday evening, Nov. 7, 2010, in Tioga. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Williston. Pastor Jay Reinke officiated and interment followed at Hillside Memory Garden in Williston. Friends may sign the online register book and give their condolences at
Dorothy T. Senger was the oldest child, born March 26, 1916, to Elvin Larson and Kate (Harms) Larson in rural Charlson, N.D. She was raised and educated in rural Charlson. Being the oldest, she helped her father in the fields and her mother with the younger brothers and sister.
To receive further education, she attended Sanish High School, living with families in need of help with their children and housework, graduating with the Class of 1934. She attended Minot Teachers College also by working in homes for board and room, which was common in that period of time, after which she taught in rural schools.
On Oct. 27, 1935, Dorothy married Joe Senger in Minot, N.D. They lived in Minot and in various areas of northern North Dakota over the years. Joe took work in Montana so the family moved to Conrad, Mont. for several years before returning to North Dakota where they would raise their family in the rural Keene area. When the children were in school, Dorothy returned to Minot Teachers College to advance her teaching certificate, again teaching in rural schools in the area.
Dorothy followed Joe wherever his job took him and faithfully established a home for the family. Many times, this meant working at his side in a business. Upon retirement, they moved to Montana. They established long lasting friendships each place they lived. Upon Joe’s passing, Dorothy returned to Williston to live. She entered the Tioga Long Term Care facility in November 2009.
Dorothy’s strong Christian upbringing brought her through many difficult times and changes in her life. Her strong will and faithfulness to family and Christian values will long be remembered by those whose lives she touched.
She is survived by her children, Marian Dunn of Williston, N.D., Betty (Francis) Dunn of Tioga, N.D., James (Gayle) Senger of Buckley, Wash., and Ethyl (Russell) Papineau of Tioga, N.D.; 14 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and 13 great- great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Joe Senger; brothers, Paul, Edwin and Lawrence Larson; and sister, Marilyn Langland.