Dorothy (Hillesland) Sanders

Monday, October 31, 2016 4:27 pm

Dorothy (Hillesland) Sanders, 92, of Decorah, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, at the Aase Haugen Nursing Home in Decorah. Funeral services were at noon, Monday, Oct. 31,  at Schluter – Balik Funeral Home in Decorah, with Rev. Ron Pederson officiating. Organist was Diane Rocksvold. Hymns were “Beautiful Savior” and “Nearer My God to Thee.” Casket bearers were Dorothy’s nephews. Interment was at Calmar Lutheran Cemetery, Calmar. Arrangements were handled by Schluter – Balik Funeral Home in Decorah.

Dorothy Lorraine (Rasmusen) (Hillesland) Sanders was born July 29, 1924, the daughter of Emil and Myrtle (Luren) Rasmusen in Decorah. Dorothy attended Decorah School and then moved to Calmar when she was in third grade. She graduated from Calmar High School in 1942, and went to work for Northwestern Bell in Calmar for over two years. She married Dalos Hillesland Feb. 18, 1945, at the Calmar Lutheran Church. They farmed near Decorah, Garnavillo and south of Ossian, until Dalos health forced him to enter the Tuberculosis Center at Oakdale for over six years. They returned to Calmar and bought the Calmar Variety Store in 1961, later re-naming it the D & D Junior Department Store and ran it for 24 years before retiring in 1985. After retirement, Dorothy worked at the Bridal Boutique in Decorah, doing alterations. In 1991, Dorothy married Frank Sanders at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Calmar. Dorothy moved to Decorah in 2003. Over the years, Dorothy enjoyed sewing, plastic canvas crafts, counted cross-stitch, puzzles and dancing with the Swinging Squares. Dorothy was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Calmar for many years, where she enjoyed going to Bible study and Ladies Aid.  

Dorothy is survived by her sister, Marion (Howard) Benzing, Decorah; two brothers-in-law, Glen (Arnhild) Hillesland, Ames and Alton (Harriet) Hillesland, Sydney, Mont.; sister-in-law, Goldie Hillesland, Calmar; one step-son, Maynard (Ruth) Sanders, Coon Rapids, Minn.; nieces and nephews: Steve (Carol) Benzing, Dennis (Kristi) Benzing, Tom (Christine) Benzing, David (Georgia) Hillesland, Karla Benzing, Marie Hillesland, Annette (Bill) Edwards, Erick (Brenda) Hillesland, Jim (Sue) Hillesland, Barbara (Greg) Drew, Tom (Marie) Hillesland, Jeff (Sally) Hillesland, Sana (Ken) Keller and Chris (Billie) Hillesland; along with many great nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Dalos Hillesland, in December 1989; and her second husband, Frank Sanders, in August 1998; three nephews: Daniel and Michael Hillesland and Ralph Benzing; brother-in-law, Harvey Hillesland.

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