Thief River Falls - Dorothy Mae (Busse) Hulteen, 90, a volunteer with numerous North Dakota nonprofits, died Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at Fairview South Hospital in Minneapolis. Hulteen had lived in Thief River Falls, since leaving North Dakota 10 years ago.
A funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, Nov.23, at Zion Lutheran Church, in Thief River Falls. The Rev. John Golv, the Rev. Ale Tulu, and the Rev. Susan Masters (daughter-in-law) will co-officiate. Casket bearers include Dorothy’s grandchildren: Ronald Kochevar, Jason Kochevar, Josh Heck, Jarrod Heck, Marit Hulteen Rivers, Jeremy Hulteen, Korla Masters and Ella Masters. Honorary casket bearers include all of Dorothy’s great-grandchildren.Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will occur at Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls.
Born to Harry and Clara Busse on Dec. 10, 1922, in Cleveland, Minn., Dorothy graduated from LeSeuer (Minnesota) High School. While in high school, she won the 4-H Grand Champion Sheep of All Breeds at the 1938 Minnesota State Fair.
Dorothy had been a long-time 4-H leader in Clearwater County, including being a delegate to the National 4-H Volunteer Leaders Forum in Washington, D.C., in 1961. She also volunteered with the Clearwater County Homemakers Council; the Clearwater County Health, Education, and Welfare Committee; and was superintendent at the Home Activities Building at the Clearwater County Fair.
In Mandan, North Dakota, she served as president of the Mandan Hospital Auxiliary and the Mandan Evangelical Lutheran Church Women, convention chair of the League of Women Voters, and service chair of the Morton County Unit of the American Cancer Society. In addition, she taught Sunday school and was a mission quilter at First Lutheran Church.
Dorothy is survived by a sister, Margaret Busse of Thief River Falls; three children, Suzanne Hulteen Kochevar (Rich Heck) of Excelsior, James (Darlene) of Thief River Falls, and Bob (Susan Masters) of Minneapolis. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Ronald Kochevar, Jason (Jenn) Kochevar, Josh (Deanna) Heck, Jarrod (Emelia) Heck, Marit (Bob) Hulteen Rivers, Jeremy Hulteen, Korla Masters, and Ella Masters; and 11 great-grandchildren, Justice Kochevar, Jack Kochevar, Sam Kochevar, Riley Heck, Teagan Heck, Jaden Rivers, Rachel Rivers, Gretchen Rivers, Lucas John Rivers, and Evie Hulteen.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband John Hulteen; as well as one grandchild, Suzanne Elizabeth Hulteen.
In lieu of flowers, Dorothy, who had been a longtime volunteer at AID Inc. in Mandan, and other food shelf work at First Lutheran Church in Mandan, would prefer donations be made to the Thief River Falls Food Shelf or a local food pantry.