Dorothy Specht, age 95, of Hector, passed away Friday, March 13, 2015, at the Buffalo Lake Healthcare Center.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, March 16, 2015, at 10:30 A.M. at
St. John’s Catholic Church in Hector, with interment in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be Sunday from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Hughes-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hector, and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.
Dorothy Mary (Cox) Specht was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, on May 4, 1919, to James and Ethel (Pope) Cox. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Basilica in St. John’s, Newfoundland. After graduation from high school there, she worked at a factory.
On October 18, 1941, Dorothy married Alexander M. Specht who was stationed in St. John’s during WWII. They welcomed two children while in Newfoundland, Caroline and Michael. Just before the war ended, Dorothy and the kids joined Alex’s folks in Bird Island, Minnesota. When Alex returned from duty, he and Dorothy farmed near Buffalo Lake for a time, and eventually moved to Hector. Dorothy did cleaning for several years until she became employed by Our Own Hardware, where she worked until she retired.
Dorothy has been a member at St. John’s Catholic Church since moving to the states. She was involved in the Altar Society for several years and, up until recently, still helped with church candles.
On Friday evening, March 13, 2015, Dorothy passed away at the Buffalo Lake Healthcare Center, having reached the age of 95 years, 10 months, 9 days. Blessed be her memory.
Dorothy is survived by her: children: Caroline (LeRoy) Black of Fairfax, MN, Michael (Carole) Specht of Hoisington, KS, Carl (Joyce) Specht of Baxter, MN, Jerry Specht of Sarasota, FL, Maureen (J.C.) Smith of Gladstone, ND, Patti Jo (Bruce) Jacques of Hector, MN, and Tom (Kristie) Specht of Granite Falls, MN; 25 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Rita Murphy of Granger, IN; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, husband Alex, son Shawn, and her siblings.