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Dorothy Bennett
Sep 07 2007
Dorothy Bennett Dorothy L. Bennett, 97, of Watertown, SD died Friday, September 7, 2007 in a local care center. A memorial service led by family and friends will be held Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at 3 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Chapel, Watertown, SD. There will be no visitation.

Dorothy Lee Bennett was born August 8, 1910 in Burlington, Iowa to Phil and Legia (Hansen) Carspecken. After graduating from Burlington Junior College, she began a teaching career in elementary education, with emphasis on remedial reading and creative writing. Her students loved to hear her recite poetry from memory, including verses by A. A. Milne and poems by her own father.

In 1932, she married Mark W. Pistorius, who also taught in the Burlington school system. Dorothy’s career was put on hold for the birth of the couple’s two children, Legia and Alan. She then returned to the teaching profession, and in 1966 received her BA degree from the University of Iowa, belatedly but proudly. After the death of her husband, in 1971, Dorothy retired and moved to La Mesa, CA to be near her much loved sister, Connie and husband, Arlo Keitzer. During her 50th high school reunion in 1978, she met an old classmate, Myles Bennett. They married and lived together happily for 20 years, the first 12 in San Diego, CA. In 1990, the couple moved to Benet Place in Watertown, where they lived until Myles’ death in 1998. In 2000, Dorothy moved to Prairie Crossings Assisted Living and in 2004 to Jenkins Living Center.

Dorothy had a special interest in children’s literature, and was an avid reader her entire life. She also enjoyed dance as a young woman. She served as President of the Central Council of the Parent Teacher Association in Burlington, and as a member of the city’s Race Relations Board. She belonged to the Unitarian Fellowships in Burlington and San Diego. Dorothy is survived by one brother, Phil (Margaret) Carspecken of Wausau, Wisconsin, 2 children, Legia Spicer of Watertown, SD and Alan (Harriet) Pistorius of Lincoln, Vermont; special friends Sharon Rishoi of Watertown and Dottie McCarty, Middlebury, Vermont, as well as 3 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by both husbands, her parents, one brother, George Carspecken, and one sister, Connie Keitzer.

Donations may be made in Dorothy’s name to the South Dakota Peace and Justice Center, PO Box 116, Sioux Falls, SD 57101.

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