Dorothy Elaine Steiber Getz, beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother peacefully passed away on August 3, 2021 in Billings, Montana.
She and her twin sister, Doris, were born in Reeder, North Dakota, on July 1, 1928 and grew up in Baker, Montana surrounded by doting parents and six older siblings who thought “the twins” were their parents’ favorites. A younger brother completed the family circle. In a home filled with love and led by a gentle, loving father and soft-spoken, kind mother, Dorothy flourished surrounded by siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins from southeastern Montana. At an early age, she received violin lessons and learned to share her beautiful singing voice as she and her twin sang on local radio and for community and church events including several funerals. Tragedy struck their home in 1937 when an older brother, Leslie, died in a drowning accident in Baker Lake. Hope returned to the Steiber home as her mother joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1938 and Dorothy followed her mother’s lead and remained a faithful, life-long member.
In high school, she was known for her dancing skills and her dance card was always filled. She liked to joke that her dancing made up for some “one-legged A’s.” Right after finishing high school, she met a handsome WWII decorated veteran, Kenneth Earl Getz who was from nearby Rhame, North Dakota, and they were married in Billings in 1947. Much of their married life was lived in eastern Montana, primarily Glendive, where they settled in the 1950’s. Dorothy’s life centered around her own children, who were blessed by many aunts and uncles and cousins. This extended family enjoyed happy family gatherings with delicious meals including mouth-watering baked goods. Tragedy struck again in 1984 with her husband’s unexpected passing but she endured with determination and spunk which inspired and entertained her growing posterity. She worked hard all her life and as a widow, continued to find the means to slip a $20 bill to a grandchild or someone in need. She surrounded herself with beauty, especially flowers of each season. Her home was always a welcoming place with cinnamon rolls, cookies, pies, and cakes which she loved to bake. She often walked around Glendive and her walking contributed to her good health throughout her life.
She was an inspiration to fellow church members and many others and was well versed in the scriptures, often quoting memorized passages from life-long study. She served for a season in the Billings Montana Temple, occasionally driving herself to Billings. Her children and grandchildren and eventually great-grandchildren remained the focus and love of her life; this love blessed many lives including family, friends, neighbors, and community service groups, such as the Attic where many cherished friendships were made.
She is survived by two sons and a daughter – Kenneth Dale (Dawn); Brian Leslie (Lori); and, Melissa Ann Berg (Jay); numerous Steiber and Getz nieces and nephews; and by 14 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren, all of whom adored her and call her name blessed. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenny, and her beloved son, Dennis, and all of her siblings. She is the last of her and husband’s immediate family – a noble, great generation of pioneering souls who are now re-united in an extended family gathering.
A celebration of her life will be held on August 7th, 2021 at 10:00 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Glendive, Montana. For those wishing to attend, masks would be sincerely appreciated. Interment will follow in the Steiber Family plot in the Bonnievale Cemetery near Baker, Montana. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.