Dorothy "Dot" Rystad

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Dorothy Lillian Rystad "Dot", age 97, of Richardson Texas, a former resident of Storm Lake and Rembrandt, died peacefully in her sleep on Jan. 20, 2013.

A memorial service will be held in her honor at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Richardson, Texas on Saturday Jan. 26. In lieu of flowers donations can be given to St. Mark's Lutheran Church Music Department. There will be a private burial at a later date near Rembrandt where she will be laid to rest with her late husband.

Dorothy was born Oct. 9, 1915 in Sioux City. Her parents were Frank and Marie Lean. She lived in Dakota City, Neb. and Sergeants Bluff before returning to Sioux City at the age of 12. She graduated Cum Laude from East High School and received a Bachelor's Degree in Education at Morningside College. While in college she was very active in the arts, being a member and soloist in the choir which toured 20 states. She was a member of Phi Delta Kappa sorority and speech and drama were also part of her many talents.

In 1937, after graduation, she taught junior and senior high school English, drama and speech at Rembrandt. She also taught at Lincoln Lee Consolidated School, Albert City and Storm Lake Schools.

She married Milton E. Rystad of Rembrandt on Aug. 15, 1940. The family moved to Storm Lake, Iowa in 1952. There Dorothy was very active in musical productions of the Storm Lake Melody Club and Kiwanis, starring in several roles. She was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, directed and sang in the choir for several years. She served as an officer in many women's organizations. In the 1950s she was County President of the Federated Women's Club and led a chorus of members. She also belonged to the Melody Club, Stitch & Chatter Club, Lake Creek Country Club and was a long time member of the Delphian Study Club. She enjoyed oil and watercolor painting, baking, playing bridge and also loved to hunt, fish and golf with her husband and girls. She loved company and guests received a warm welcome.

The Rystads traveled widely in 49 states and abroad. Winters were spent in Richardson, Texas and other areas. Dorothy moved to Richardson, Texas in 2003 to be near her family. She was a devoted mother and wife. She is survived by two daughters Ruth Bragg of Richardson, Texas and Jean Nelson and her husband Doug of Dallas, Texas; adoring grandchildren, Daniel Ladeairous and wife Lauren of Clovis, Calif; Kelly Jo Tullberg of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Jackie Oates and husband Tyler of Colo.; Angela Sobol and husband Matt of Melissa, Texas; and Robby Davenport of Richardson, Texas. She had many beloved-great grand children including Emily, Erin, Elizabeth and Evan Ladeairous; Kaitlyn and Kamryn Tullberg; and Lyla Sobol. She also had a host of nieces, nephews and wonderful friends.

Dorothy and Milton were married for 60 wonderful years.