Dorothy Darlene Weichert

Dorothy Darlene Weichert, age 88, died January 10, 2023, at Rolling Hills Healthcare in Belle Fourche, SD, from Alzheimer’s.
A family service for Dorothy was held at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Faith, SD followed by funeral services Saturday, January 21, 2023, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Faith, SD.  Rev. Henry Mohagen officiated  burial  followed at the Faith City Cemetery.
Dorothy Darlene (Hardyk) Weichert was born on October 10, 1934, in Cedar Township, Sac County, IA, to Anton Sr. and Hattie (Hensel) Hardyk. She grew up on the family farm and attended the rural Cedar Township School until she graduated from eighth grade in Calhoun County, IA.  She then attended Lytton High School where she graduated from in 1952.
During some summers she would travel with her family to visit relatives in South Dakota and visit the Badlands, the Black Hills and Mt. Rushmore. While in western SD they would go to Faith to visit a special Aunt, Trena Hardyk.
Dorothy went to Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, IA, where she graduated in 1954 with a 2 year teaching certificate. She taught one year at Odebolt, IA; three years in Lake City, IA, before moving to Faith, SD.  While teaching in Faith she met Walter Weichert and they married on November 20, 1960 down in Sac City, IA.  They moved out to the family ranch north of Fox Ridge while she finished her three years of teaching before having their son Paul and two daughters Darlene and Linda.
Dorothy loved to garden and canned enough food for every winter.   She always made room for plenty of flowers to enjoy at home and added prairie flowers to take into church. She took walks to gather flowers and to enjoy God’s nature.
Mom loved spending time with us kids; taking church outings and vacations and later with the grandchildren at sports activities, trips in the Black Hills, Devils Tower and NWMSTR in Rollag, MN.
She was a lifelong member of Bethel Lutheran Church where she was very active in the Ladies WMF where she held several offices through the years.
Dorothy also loved to sew, crochet, and embroider for herself, family and others; making quilts and doilies over the years. She tried to have something to show at the exhibit building during the Faith Stock Show while living on the ranch and received numerous ribbons for her efforts.
Survivors include her son, Paul (Debbie Burns), Sioux Falls, SD; daughters, Darlene (Paul) Rolf, McIntosh, MN, and Linda (Robin) Kilness, Marcus, SD; eight grandkids, Daniel (Kayla) Rolf, Bagley, MN, Joshua (Kelsey) Rolf, Fosston, MN, Hannah Rolf, McIntosh, MN, Philip (friend Natasha) of Marcus, SD, Diane (Mac) Cadwell, Rapid City, SD, Jene (Dalton) Harrison, Hermosa, SD, Robin Linn (Lane Eaton) Dupree, SD, and Billie Jo, Marcus, SD; four great-granddaughters, Kensley Rolf, Lorrain, Lainey and Sheridan Harrison; one brother, Anton Hardyk, Sioux City, IA; brother-in-law, Wendell Weichert, Rapid City, SD; along with many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Walter Weichert; her parents, Anton Sr. and Hattie Hardyk; her in-laws, Bill and Marian Weichert; sisters, Norma Astleford, Ruth Winebrinner and sister-in-law, Alice Hardyk.
 Memorials are preferred to the Bethel Lutheran Church in Faith.
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