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December 1, 1919 – Sunday, February 3, 2013

Service Information
Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted
Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
10:30 a.m.

Visitation Information
Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
9:00 A.M.-10:00 A.M.

Dorothy Rose (Sims) Smyth, age 93, passed away on Sunday, February 3rd, 2013 at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.

She was born on December 1, 1919, in Duncombe, Iowa to Thomas F. & Rose Latta Sims.

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

On June 12, 1943 she married John J. Smyth. They made their life in Iowa City, Iowa while John attended Medical School. After his graduation they lived in Duluth, Minnesota. Then Riverside, California while John was in the Navy.

In 1949, they settled in Lester Prairie, Minnesota.

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. She was a volunteer for the Food Shelf, McLeod County Historical Society, and Glencoe Regional Health Services Foundation. Dorothy also volunteered at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted for many years.

She 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 & Rose Sims, husband: John, a son: Anthony, two sisters and two brothers and their spouses.

Dorothy is survived by sons: Peter (Barbara) Smyth and Michael (Marilyn) Smyth; daughters: Kathleen “Kim”(Tim) Roufs, Kristine Smyth, Molly Smyth and Colleen Smyth; sixteen grandchildren and twelve (almost thirteen) great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, February 6th at 10:30 A.M. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. Concelebrants will be Father Tony Stubeda and Father Eugene Brown.

Interment Holy Trinity Cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 6th at The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted from 9:00 A.M. until 10:00 A.M.

Casket Bearers will be Dorothy’s grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested for St. Mary’s Care Center Foundation, 551 4th Street N., Winsted, Minnesota 55395

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

11 Guestbook Entries

  1. Patti Mayden

    Dear Peter, Barb and family,
    My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  2. Mary Cantin

    Sorry to learn of Dorthy’s passing. My mother (Irene Cantin) and Dorothy always sat together at Bingo–Dorothy with her cup of coffee and her phrase of “Here’s hoping for a good day.” She was a wonderful person and a friend to my mother. Cherish the memories.
    Mary Cantin-Isenor

  3. Val Landin

    So sorry to hear about Dorothy. She was a wonderful person and will be missed by many. Val

  4. Diane Sulzbach Pexa

    I will miss my favorite aunt. She will always have a special place in my heart. It was always a joy to be with her.

  5. LuAnn (Buss) Sender

    Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother and Grandmother. May your memories bring you comfort. She will be greatly missed.

  6. Duayne and Sue Heimerl

    Sue and I would like to express our sympathy at the loss of your mother. We are out of town and will not be able to express our sympathy personally. Please know that you will all be in our thoughts and prayers. We both thought a lot of both your Mom and Dad.

  7. Brenda Lu Vinkemeier

    Dear Peter, Kim, Kris, Mike, Molly, Colleen, and Families,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you. Your mother was a gracious and kind woman. She was a special person, just as all of you are! God be with you now and always!
    Love, Brenda (Schwichtenberg) Vinkemeier

  8. Lyn Kuhlman-Hahn

    Her elegance, class, intelligence and kindness surpasses many generations. Doc and Dorothy were so very special to the entire little village as well as your family. We were all blessed, Celebrate!!

  9. Kathy Schilling

    So sorry for your loss. Dorothy was a terrific person and lived a full and wonderful life, she was blessed to have a family such as yours. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and the family members. Tom & Kathy Schilling

  10. Judy Ritz Kuntz

    Dear Tom, Kim and Kris,
    You may go by Peter now but I knew you as Tom or Tommy!

    My sympathy on the passing of your mother.

    I babysat for you guys a lot from about 1950 until fall 1954 when my father, Rudolph Ritz (pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran), accepted a call to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I still have the figurine of a Dr. that Dorothy gave me upon going away. She was quite the lady and I have so many happy memories of her and her home. I enjoyed reading to you and playing with you.

    Visited Lester Prairie on two subsequent occasions: 1971, vacationed with my husband Art and three children, aged 8, 6 and 4. Your mother and dad hosted us for lunch at their home. In 2002, we passed through LP the day before an auction of her home or contents was held. Alas, we didn’t get to see Dottie.

    The rest of the story…Moved to Indiana in 1957 (met my future husband on the day we arrived in Kokomo, IN), got my RN diploma at Lutheran Hospital Nursing School in Fort Wayne, married Arthur Kuntz (an Engineer with GE) in 1962, lived in Tell City, IN, moved to Largo, FL, in 1966, and have lived in Saluda, NC mountains since ’87. We celebrated our 50th anniversary this past August.


    Judy Ritz Kuntz
    Saluda, NC

  11. Thomas Brossard

    Peter, Kim, Kris, Mike, Molly, and Colleen,

    So sorry to learn of the passing of your Mother. My brother , Dan (our primary source of local info), was upset to have not heard about her death until he read the obit in the Winsted Journal, well after the funeral. So belatedly, the Brosard’s, Teresa, Dan and I offer our deepest condolences to you and your families.


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