Dorothy "Dot" Torstenson, age 85, of South Yankton, Nebraska, died February 20, 2014, at Regency Square Care Center in South Sioux City, Nebraska. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM, Monday, February 24, 2014, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton, South Dakota with Reverend Dani Jo Ninke officiating. Burial will be in the Aten Cemetery in Aten, Nebraska. Visitation will begin at 9:30 AM on Monday at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home. Pallbearers are Dorothy's grandchildren: Nick Sailors, Robert Craig, April Sailors, Christy Sailors, Richard "Pete" McDonald, and Michael "Mick" McDonald.
Dorothy "Dot" Torstenson was born June 28, 1928, on the family farm in rural Crofton, Nebraska to Frank and Matilda (Kramer) Kollars. She attended country grade school in Aten, Nebraska and graduated from Yankton High School in 1946. She married Thomas "Tommy T" Torstenson on August 11, 1951, in Berkley, California. Dorothy worked most of her life as an accountant. She started working in various Yankton businesses including helping her husband with the accounting for Tommy T's. They moved to the Sioux City area in the early 60's and Dorothy began working for Security National Bank and later for Iowa Beef Processors (IBP) as an accountant. Dorothy moved back to the family farm in 2007 where she lived until her health caused her to enter the Regency Square Care Center in South Sioux City, Nebraska in 2011.
Dorothy enjoyed gardening, cooking, needlepoint, quilting, and all animals especially cats. The most important thing in Dorothy's life was her family. She loved having family dinners at the farm and loved spending time with her family including the Sandau family. She will always be remembered as the "Little General", with her lists, who was always in charge. She was always organized and made sure everything had its place, including her garden.
She will be greatly missed by her four children: Valerie Torstenson of St. Louis, Missouri; Tari (Kim) Sailors of South Sioux City, Nebraska; Victoria Ludwig of Crofton, Nebraska; and Thomas Torstenson of San Francisco, California; six grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; brother, Floyd "Pete" Kollars of Crofton; sister, Darlene Lee of Irene, South Dakota; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Thomas "Tommy T" Torstenson on January 10, 1970; two brothers, Duane and Lyle Kollars; and sister, Doris Graber.
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To Dot's family, we offer our deepest sympathy. She will be in our hearts forever.
Lee & Diane Kollars
Dorothy always treated me as one of her own. She was a huge energy in a small package. She always had a smile and warm words for me. I would love to be there but I started a new job last week. Is there any way to visit with the family this Sunday. All my love to you Dodothy, May this next chapter in your journey be filled with love and happiness
Vickie and Family, So sorry for the loss of your Mother. I have some fond memories of her while having a friendship with Vickie. Having just recently lost my Father, My heart goes out to you all. She was one of the sweetest people I can remember. She really knew how to grow flowers. I can recall her backyard in Morningside beside Vickie's house. Vickie I have tried to track you down for some time. I have seen Robbie on facebook and would love to reconnect with you. Hope you all all doing well? Just wanted to let you know I am thinking of you.
Lori (Murphy) - Wendt and Family
Thinking of all of you and remembering Dot. She was such a beautiful person both inside and out. Also remembering all of you as I was your babysitter during the summer of my jr. high/high school years. I have never forgotten your family and especially the kindness of your Mother. My heart is with all of you as you celebrate Dot's life. Cherish the memories.
Bonnie Boyle Smola
My heart is with all of you as I am rembering the wonderful and kind person your Mother was. I had the priviledge of being with all of you when was your babysitter during my jr. high/high school years. Please know that you are all in my thoughts as you celebrate your Mother's life and enjoy the cherished memories.
Our heartfelt sympathy to Dorothy's family
Sam & Eleanor Nelson
I'm so sorry for your loss. I can't even imagine your pain. You can be sure God feels your pain. Isaiah 25:8 tells us: "He will swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces." Jesus' promise of the resurrection is comforting as well (John 5:28,29). I hope these verses bring you some comfort as you endure.
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