Dorothy Rose Sonstegaard

Monday, March 2, 2020
Dorothy Rose Sonstegaard

Dorothy Rose Sonstegaard

A bright star was dimmed when Jesus called home his good and faithful servant. Dorothy Rose Sonstegaard went to be with her Lord and Savior on Valentine’s Day, February 14, at home surrounded by her family. She was born in Grenora, North Dakota, on November 30, 1925, to Bert and Virgie Guenther. She joined three brothers and when she was 10 an adopted baby girl joined the family.  Growing up in the depression on a small farm in northeast Montana was difficult but they raised animals and grew a garden to survive. She attended a country school where they walked or traveled by horse. After graduating from Grenora High School, she taught at a small county school before a handsome, young man came courting. She married Clarence Sonsegaard on June 27, 1947, in the living room of the family home and they celebrated 60 years together; however she was close to her family and was happy to go home as often as possible. Their first home was in Medicine Lake, Montana, where they owned the hardware and repair store. A daughter, Corrine Kay, was born on October 2, 1948, and another daughter, Marlene Faye, was born on March 16, 1952. In 1959, the family moved to Glasgow, Montana, briefly, and then to Laurel where they remained and had the Coast to Coast store and a plumbing business.

Dorothy’s life centered around her family, church and home. She worked alongside Clarence in their stores in addition to keeping a welcoming, immaculate home for family and friends. She was the model of a godly, loving, and supportive wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed sewing, baking, tending beautiful flower gardens, participating in Eastern Star, her ’sewing’ club and the Methodist women’s groups, where she was a longtime member. She was always well dressed, if not elegant, and gracious at all times. She was a hostess who always made you feel welcome and always had the best ‘Bed and Breakfasts.’ The family Christmas traditions will forever be a part of wonderful family memories.

She and Clarence were able to do extensive traveling to Norway, Africa, Mexico and parts of the US and Canada. She spent the last 12 years living at the Crossings in a beautiful apartment, being a part of the Crossings’ family which was so appreciated by her family.

Her death was as graceful as was her life. She is survived by a family who received love and countless blessings from her. Surviving are daughters, Corrine Zickovich (Ken) of Bozeman, Montana, and Marlene Muffley (Fred) of Powell, Wyoming; granddaughters Neven Steinmetz, Tori Lewis, Julie Zickovich (Erik) Jenny Lazar (Aaron) and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two step-grandchildren, Ryan Muffley and and Christy Foote, and their six children; sister Evie Daniels and brother Donald Guenther. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Clarence; infant daughter Arna Lou, and brothers Clyde and Vern Guenther. 

We will ever cherish her memory and remember her with love. "Her children rise up and call her blessed." Proverbs 31:28. A celebration of life will be planned in June. 

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