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Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2019 2:44 pm

Dorothy Ann Bloker passed on to her eternal home on April 2, 2019 at the Bethel Lutheran Home in Madison, South Dakota.

Funeral services will begin at 1 pm on Monday, April 8, 2019 at Wentworth Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow in Rosehill Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 2 pm on Sunday with a 3 pm prayer service at Kinzley Funeral Home, Madison.

Dorothy Ann Bloker was born at Ramona, SD on February 5, 1925 to William and Agnes (Stofferan) Koepp. She attended grade school at a country school, then 3 years of high school in Junius before graduating from Eastern High in Madison.

On December 26, 1948 she married Leo Bloker in Madison. They lived on Leo's farm north of Wentworth and she became a farmer's wife. They became parents in 1951 with the birth of Cheryl and a second daughter Debra was born in 1954. She did all the farm wife jobs including raising children and chickens, helping with chores, chasing cattle as well as being the head gardener, head chef, head household administrator and accountant.

They retired from farming in 1971 and moved to Napa, California. After two years, they were drawn back to the farm life in South Dakota. They lived at Lake Madison and farmed until 1995 then retired for a second time. They built a house and moved to Madison. Dorothy and Leo wintered in Napa California for many winters enjoying the nice weather and time with family and friends. Dorothy was a die-hard Minnesota Twins fan. She couldn't pass by a bingo parlor without grabbing her dabbers and running in and she so enjoyed her monthly trips to Flandreau to the Royal River Casino to play her Sizzlin Seven slot machines.

Dorothy was a longtime member of the Wentworth Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and was a member of the Ladies Aid. She served as a Grey Lady at Golden Living Nursing Home for 12 years and volunteered at Prairie Village for many years.

In 2018, at the age of 93, she moved to Bethel Lutheran Home in Madison. The employees there became cherished friends. They were much more than just caregivers to her; they were family.

She is survived by her daughter Cheryl (Ray) Leahy, Spearfish, SD; 4 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brother Arthur Koepp; sister-in-law Ella Koepp; along with many nephews and nieces.

She will be joined in Heaven by her parents, husband Leo, daughter Debra Plott, two brothers, two sisters, two sisters-in-law, three brothers-in-law and one son-in-law Carl Plott.

Memorials may be directed to Wentworth Presbyterian Church or Rose Hill Cemetery.