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Dorothy M. Even, age 95, of Britton, SD, formerly Watertown, SD, passed away on Saturday, September 7, 2019. A Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at Immaculate Conception Church in Watertown. Fr. Richard Fox will be the celebrant. The family is requested to meet at the church by 10:00 a.m. for a prayer service.
Visitation will be at the Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel in Watertown on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, from 5-7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Scripture Wake Service and Rosary.
Burial will be at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Estelline, SD. Honorary pallbearers will be Dorothy’s granddaughters. Active pallbearers will be Gerry Even, Paul Even, Gary Lindner, Timothy Mahowald, Michael Mathis, Zach Even, and Dustin Potter.
There is to be no flowers per Dorothy’s request. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or Mass stipends may be made to a priest of your choosing.
Dorothy was born on July 30, 1924, in Hardwick, MN, to Fred and Emma (Rasmussen) Larson. She attended schools in Elkton and Toronto and graduated from Toronto High School in 1942.
On May 31, 1943, Dorothy married Leonard Even in Deuel County. They moved to a farm north of Toronto where their four children were born. When Leonard’s health began to deteriorate, the couple sold the farm and moved to Watertown. She worked for Social Services for several years, retiring in May of 1989.
She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and the Catholic Daughters and Oblates of St. Benedict. In her spare time, she crocheted scrubbies, afghans and kitchen towels.
Dorothy is survived by her children, Larry (Betty) Even of Britton, SD, Lois (Steve) Mahowald of Omaha, NE, Karen (Don) Mathis of Pleasant Prairie, WI, and Diane Potter of Great Falls, MT; 20 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Rita Brownlee of Watertown, SD.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard; parents, Fred and Emma; four sisters; one brother; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.