Dorothy Bachler, of Winona, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and a friend to many, died peacefully following a brief illness Monday, April 21, at Sugar Loaf Senior Living in Winona. Dorothy was born February 6, 1926, in Starbuck, Minn., to Lewis and Julia (Overson) Billehus, who as first generation Americans still kept their Norwegian traditions, which Dorothy passed down to her children and grandchildren. After graduating from high school and secretarial college she married Erwin Bachler in 1947, who preceded her in death in 1983. She was married again in 1994 to Ed Greethurst until his death in 1999.
While her children still were in high school she became a social worker for Winona County, retiring in 1980. While helping her elderly clients, she saw the need for special care at the end of their lives. She, along with others, set the foundation for what has become Winona Area Hospice. She was a member of Central Lutheran Church, Winona.
Dorothy was devoted to her family, always there to help with everything from listening to complaints, reading stories, kissing boo boos, baking monster cookies, and just making things better. Her family and friends will all remember her as a woman with style and grace and beautiful white hair.
Dorothy is survived by three children, Judith Keller, Denver, Colo.; and twins, Susan (Steven) Kowalsky, Madison, Conn., (but soon to return to Winona); and Steve (Nancy) Bachler, Winona; seven grandchildren, Jason (Kristen) Keller, Nicole Ramirez, Katharine Bachler, Matthew (Chrissy) Bachler, Ben Kowalsky, Alex Kowalsky, and Sam Kowalsky; four great-grandchildren, Carrson Keller, Collin Keller, Isabel Ramirez, and Manuel Ramirez; a sister, Gerdes (Bryant) Ulseth, Moorhead, Minn.; two nephews, Tom Ulseth, and Dan Ulseth.
Services to remember Dorothy will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Central Lutheran Church, Winona. Placement in the niche will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona, Minn.
Visitation will be 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, May 2, 2014, at Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home, Winona, Minn., with a time of sharing at 6 p.m. The visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the church on Saturday, May 3.
Memorials may be directed to Winona Area Hospice, 175 East Wabasha Street, Winona, Minn., 55987.
Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.fawcett-junkerfuneralhome.com. Services entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Winona, Minn.