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Dorothy M. Gefeller

Dorothy M. Geffeler, 94, passed from this life into the arms of her Lord and Savior on Sept. 25 at TMC Extended Care.

Funeral services were held Sept. 30 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Choteau.Interment followed in the Choteau Cemetery.

Dorothy was born March 29, 1919 in Great Falls to Glenn and Mabel (Talifson) Barnhill.  As a child she traveled to many states due to the fact that her father was an oil driller.  While living and attending school in Choteau, she spent a lot of time at the Talifson homestead.  Dorothy graduated from high school in Kalispell.  She met and married Bill Gefeller in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.  They returned to Choteau in 1946 where they lived the rest of their lives.  Dorothy worked as a dental assistant and waitress until together they purchased the “Antler Bar”. 

After Bill’s death in 1973, she sold the bar and retired.  Dorothy had many friends with whom she always enjoyed swapping stories about the “old days” over a good cup of coffee.  She was a shining example of life well-lived.  One of her greatest achievements was her family which she dearly loved.  They all loved her and each other.  

Dorothy is survived by her daughters, Yvonne Paulsen of Conrad, Karen (Jim) Carlson and Debbie (Richard) Anderson both of Choteau; a son Johnny Anderson of Hawaii; “adopted” daughter, Sandie (Jim) Hodgskiss of Choteau; grandchildren Roger (Wendy) Paulsen of Conrad and Dan (Debbie) Paulsen of Boise, Idaho, Traci (Adam) Woith and Shelby (Ron) Daley both of Choteau, Keith Anderson and Jer Anderson both of Choteau and Kelli (Clint) Berlin of Power, Tawna Baker of Hawaii, Terri Anderson of West Virginia and Scott Gefeller; 29 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren; and her beloved dog, Brandy.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bill; son Roger in 1963; stepson Billy; granddaughters Tracy and Tabitha; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was lovingly called “Grandma Great” by all her great-grandchildren because she truly was a “great” grandma!  Dorothy would often say when the whole family would get together “Look what I started!” She will be greatly missed.