Dorothy Klaudt was teacher, bookkeeper, farm wife


Funeral services for Dorothy Klaudt, 89, of Herreid, will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Mound City.
Visitation will be at 6 p.m. with prayer service at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the church.
Burial will be at the Mound City Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Dorothy passed away Nov. 25, 2012, at Mobridge Regional Hospital.
Dorothy (Rossow) Klaudt was born Aug. 6, 1923, in a sod house in rural Campbell County, the older of two daughters born to John F. and Laura (Kluckman) Rossow. When Dorothy was three months old the family moved one mile south, where she resided the rest of her life, except for a brief times in McMinnville, Ore., and Rapid City.
While growing up she attended the Schley School and Herreid High School, graduating in 1940. She enrolled at Northern State Teacher’s College and received a teaching certificate. She then taught at Burke and Pudwill schools. Years later she substituted at Mound City grade school and lastly taught kindergarten in Mound City.
After working in McMinnville as a bookkeeper in the shipyards, she moved to Rapid City and attended National School of Business and was employed by Seeley’s Clothing Store as a bookkeeper.
In 1947 she married Melvin Klaudt in Rapid City and moved to the Herman and Sarah Klaudt farm north of Herreid. They then moved back to the Rossow farm where she and Melvin lived and raised their family.
On March 10, 1984, Melvin was fatally injured in a farm machinery accident. Up until the time of her death, she and her youngest son, Thomas, resided on the farm.
Dorothy is survived by her four boys, John (Pam) of Blackhawk, Peter of Pollock, Paul (Maureen) of Montrose and Thomas of Herreid; six grandchildren, J.B. and Jesse (Sheena), Ashley, K.C. (Tonia), Laura and Michael; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Esther Schuetzle of Herreid.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Melvin, her mother- and father-in-law, daughter Linda Klaudt on March 1, 2012, and special friend Albertus (Bert) Brandner.

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