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Dorothy Hinze

WATERTOWN- Dorothy Hinze, 89 of Watertown and formerly of Webster died on Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at the Golden Living Center in Watertown. Private inurnment services will be held in the spring at Webster Cemetery. Fiksdal Funeral Service of Webster is in charge of the arrangements. Dorothy Thomas was born to Frank and Dorothy Thomas on December 1, 1919. Having been raised in the Catholic faith, she attended the parochial school in Webster and graduated from high school in 1937. Then it was on to college in Springfield and after many summer school sessions at Northern State College while teaching, she graduated Cum Laude in 1970. During World War II, being patriotic, she took knitting lessons from the Red Cross and made olive drab mittens and scarves for the soldiers. Then she took sheet metal lessons and was sent to Hill Field, Utah (Hill Air Force Base), but having secretarial skills she was quickly assigned to a clerical position in the personnel department. After that assignment ended, she moved to Los Angeles CA to work for the government agency that controlled rationing during the war. After a lengthy romance with the love of her life Cyle Hinze, they married on May 21, 1944, thus beginning the love affair that would last over 64 years. To this union one daughter was born. When the war was over, Cyle and Dorothy returned to the Hinze family farm south of Webster, where they remained until 2002. During many of those years she was a devoted educator with a passion for wanting her students to have the best education possible. She was a very creative and artistic lady that loved to paint , sew and always had a colorful and beautiful garden. Always the lover of music, she and Cyle square danced and ballroom danced most of their married life. After they retired, they spent many winters in either Texas or Arizona.. Dorothy was a loving wife and special mother. She is survived by her husband Cyle and daughter Marlene Stadler both of Watertown SD. Condolences may be sent to Cyle Hinze at 500 16th Ave NE #34 Watertown SD 57201.

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Marlene, My sympathy in the loss of your Mother. I am sure you have many beautiful memories with her. I did not know you were in Watertown. What a small world. We are in Aberdeen. Perhaps we can get together some time. Again: my sympathy. In Friendship, Marilyn (Sandve) Mattson

Marilyn Mattson Feb 20 2009 12:00 AM

dear kyle and marlene --sincere sympathy to you --the void she leaves will be difficult to fill --personally we are very saddened but still we rejoice that dorothy is enjoying no discomfort or pain but wonderful peace!! seeing her pic on the computer tonight immediately brought forth many happy memories --i thank GOD often for the nuturing my south dakota friends directed to me back in 1969 --our "happy hostess" families were such a special part of life there --love to tell my ca. friends how great it was to raise a family on the farm..ca. has been good to us though --everyone is doing well and close enough to gather every once in a while --may GOD grant you peace and comfort for pleasent days ahead. love ruth g.

ruth l gregerson Feb 16 2009 12:00 AM

I was very saddened to read about the passing of Mrs. Hinze. She was my 1st-3rd grade teacher in a little country school in the early 60's. She was a wonderful and good teacher, and I firmly believe it was because of her that I had such a love of school and of reading. She was a huge influence on many children and you can be very proud that she made such an impact on so many lives. Gloria Fleischhacker Jorgenson Lakeview Dist. 206

Gloria Jorgenson Feb 10 2009 12:00 AM