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Dorothy R. Smyth, 93

Dorothy Rose (Sims) Smyth, age 93, of Winsted and Lester Prairie, passed away Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.

She was born Dec. 1, 1919, in Duncombe, IA, to Thomas F. and Rose Latta Sims.

Dorothy grew up in Duncombe, Dubuque, and Fort Dodge, IA. She graduated from Corpus Christi Catholic High School in 1936, at the age of 16. She lived with her mother and worked in the Webster County, IA offices.

Dorothy married John J. Smyth June 12, 1943. The couple made their home in Iowa City, IA, while John attended medical school. After his graduation, they lived in Duluth; and then Riverside, CA, while John was in the Navy.

In 1949, they settled in Lester Prairie, where Dorothy spent her time raising six children and keeping up activities in many volunteer organizations. She was an active member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, a volunteer for the food shelf, the McLeod County Historical Society, and Glencoe Regional Health Services Foundation, and at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted for many years.

Dorothy was a bridge player, artist, knitter, and crossword puzzle enthusiast. She read and followed current events.

Due to her failing memory, Dorothy entered St. Mary’s Care Center, this time as a resident, in August 2008, and this was her home until her death.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Rose Sims; husband John; a son, Anthony; two sisters and two brothers, and their spouses.

Dorothy is survived by her sons, Peter (Barbara) Smyth, and Michael (Marilyn) Smyth; daughters Kathleen “Kim” (Tim) Roufs, Kristine Smyth, Molly Smyth, and Colleen Smyth; 16 grandchildren; 12 (almost 13) great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial took place Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. Father Tony Stubeda and Father Eugene Brown were concelebrants for the Mass. Interment was in Holy Trinity Cemetery.

There was visitation Wednesday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, prior to the Mass.

Casket bearers were Dorothy’s grandchildren.

Memorials are suggested to St. Mary’s Care Center Foundation, 551 4th Street N., Winsted, MN 55395.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.