Dorothea C. Heiertz, age 85 of Sun City, AZ, passed away on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at her home. with her children at her side.
Dorothea was born on September 24, 1927 at Parkston, SD to John and Emma (Weidenbach) Wudel. After graduating from Parkston High School, she went on to earn a Home Economics Degree in 1949 from SDSC in Brookings, SD. Dorothea married James Heiertz on June 11, 1950 in Parkston. They lived in Mankato, MN for 2 years, where she taught school, before moving to Oelwein, IA in 1952 where their 2 children were born. In 1955 they moved to Flandreau.
Dorothea was active in church where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday School. She was a leader of Cub and Brownie Scouts and 4-H. She was also an avid golfer while in Flandreau, winning many tournaments. Dorothea was active in arts and crafts in Flandreau and in Sun City, where she moved after the death of her husband on May 11, 1994. While in Sun City she continued to share her talents by teaching others and was president of several clubs. Through Godís grace, in the years of Dorotheaís trying illness, she maintained a sweet disposition and enjoyed hymns and a lively interest in the Word of God.
Dorothea is survived by her 2 children: Jill Heiertz of Peoria, AZ and James (Cheryl) Heiertz, Jr., of Phoenix, AZ; six grandchildren: Mary, David, Hope, Amy, John and Joanna; one great-grandchild: Alonso and a sister: Sylvia Sanders, Greenwood Village, CO. She is preceded in death by her husband and her parents.
Funeral services will be Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM at 1st United Methodist Church, Sun City, AZ. Memorial services will be held in Flandreau at a later date.