Dorothy Billmeyer, 85

Dorothy (Barthel) Billmeyer, 85-year-old resident of Little Falls,  passed away Saturday, Aug 25, 2012, at Bridgeway Estates in Little Falls.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, Aug. 29 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Belle Prairie, with Fr. Joseph Herzing officiating. Burial was in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Cemetery in Little Falls.

Dorothy H. (Barthel) Billmeyer was born June 24, 1927, in Holdingford, to the late Greger and Martha Hartung. She grew up in the Swanville area. She was united in marriage to Otto Barthel June 11, 1945, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Little Falls. The couple farmed in Swanville until moving into Little Falls in 1963. Otto died Jan. 20, 1970. Dorothy and Otto were married for 24 years. Dorothy worked at St. Otto’s Care Center for one year. She worked as a nurse’s assistant for 30 years at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls. Before her retirement, she enjoyed her time as a rehabilitation aide. After her retirement from the Lutheran Care Center, Dorothy worked as a demo lady at Coborn’s in Little Falls for eight years. Dorothy was united in marriage to Richard Billmeyer May 31, 1975. The couple made their home for a short time in Freedhem and eventually they moved back to Little Falls. The couple was married for 36 years. Richard died Jan. 17, 2012. Dorothy resided at the Bridgeway Estates in Little Falls at the time of her death. She enjoyed making quilts and crocheting blankets for her children and grandchildren. Dorothy also enjoyed her flower gardens and playing cards with friends. Her greatest enjoyment was her time spent with family and friends. Dorothy was a member of the Civil Air Patrol, Holy Family Catholic Church and was very dedicated to the Rosary. Dorothy will be remembered as a devoted mother and grandmother and will be deeply missed.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Dennis (Jeanette) Barthel of Luxemburg, Helen (Harvey) Bloom of Randall, Gerald (Johnnie) Barthel of Little Falls, Karen (Roger) Harakel of Randall, Donna (Brad) Beaty of Little Falls, Rodney (Dahna) Barthel of Blaine, Julie (Joe) Lauer of Sartell, Faith (Vince) Pavkovich of Big Lake, and Paul (Nancy) Billmeyer of Rice; sisters, Bernadette (Arnold) Sandborn of Princeton and Rosella Puntsack of Minneapolis; 40 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and three additional great-great-grandchildren on the way.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Greger and Martha Hartung; her husbands, Otto Barthel and Richard Billmeyer; sons, Donald Barthel, Steven Billmeyer and Eugene Billmeyer; infant sister, Elizabeth Hartung; great-great-granddaughter, Bailey Gosiak; sister, Evelyn Skluzacek and a brother, Edward Puntsack.

Emblom-Brenny Funeral Home