Funeral service for Dorothy Marie Kettering, 95, Aberdeen, and formerly of Brentford is 10:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at the Brentford Congregational United Church of Christ. Pastor Jon Damaska officiating. Burial following in the Mellette Cemetery. Dorothy died on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at Bethesda Home of Aberdeen.
Visitation is from 1 to 7 p.m., with family present from 5 to 7 p.m. and a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home.
Dorothy Marie (Christensen) Kettering was born June 27, 1917, in Turton. Her parents were John Lewis and Elsie Caroline (Teske) Christensen. Dorothy graduated from Conde High School in 1935. She attended Morningside College and Northern and graduated with a teaching certificate. She taught in a country school for three years.
On Aug. 30, 1941, she married Leslie Lamont Kettering. When Leslie came back from the war, they moved to the family farm. Dorothy and Leslie had four sons: David, Donald, Dennis and Douglas. Dorothy finished her bachelor degree at Northern State College in 1969, and taught elementary grades at Brentford School District. After she retired, she continued volunteering at Northwestern High School in Mellette.
Dorothy had many hobbies and loved any kind of crafts. She enjoyed working with children and helped them with sewing, ceramics, china painting and she especially enjoyed making quilts and knitting afghans. Dorothy was active in many church projects, Women’s Fellowship and especially enjoyed teaching Sunday school. She enjoyed helping her grandchildren with crafts and helped out in all 4-H projects with her sons and grandchildren. She spent many years as a 4-H leader and a member of the local Extension Club.
Survivors are sons: David ( Nancy) Kettering, Donald ( Pam) Kettering, Dennis (Julie) Kettering; daughter-in-law: Diane Kettering; grandchildren: Kipp (Brenda) Kettering, Kim Kettering, Gregory (Teri) Kettering, Lance (Candie) Kettering, Chad (Belkys) Kettering, Jennifer (Corey) Doerfler, Heather (Ben) Brasel, Kara (Chuck) Welke, Kelly (Ben Johnson) Kettering; and great-grandchildren: Kylee, Ethan, Calvin, Emily, Jessica, Amber, Lila, Jada, Jasmine, William, Nicholas, Bailey, Tatiana; and one sister, Lois Trapp.
Preceded by husband, Leslie; son, Douglas; and brothers: Harold, Jack, Dick and Frank Christensen.