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Lois Nespor (Yates) Dobberstein

March 12, 1924 ~ June 29, 2019 (age 95)


Lois Dobberstein, 95 of Victor passed away from natural causes on June 29th, 2019 at Beehive Homes in Hamilton, Montana.  Lois Arlene Yates was born on March 12, 1924 in Burke, South Dakota to Tom and Bertha (Knapp)Yates.

Lois and Don were married April 29, 1951 in Chamberlain, South Dakota and resided in Bijou Hills South Dakota until moving to Victor onto the Sestak ranch in October of 1961 with their 4 children.  Her summers were spent in her garden and in the hayfields working side by side with her family on the Lazy JD ranch. 

Mom’s passion was teaching She started her teaching career in a one room school house in South Dakota.  She attended the U of M and graduated in 1967, and then taught in the Hamilton School District for 25Years. 

After Mom retired, she volunteered at Victor Elementary school assisting in teaching reading, and she also was a 4-H leader.  Two of her major accomplishments were fund raising for the construction of the Victor Senior center, and being a founding member of the Umbrella for the Arts, and the Victor School Foundation.  She was extremely instrumental in securing funding for the Performing Arts addition to the Victor School. 

She was preceded in death by husband Joe Nespor, her parents Tom and Bertha Yates, sister Jean Charlton, brother Bob Yates, husband Don Dobberstein, brother Roger Yates, nephews Andy, Tim and Jeff Nissen, and Curt Collins

She is survived by her daughter Carol Jo (Lloyd) Oster of Corvallis, Mary Ann (Gary) Gingerich, Tommy (Angie) Dobberstein of Victor and Kaye (Kevin) Suzuki of Ennis.  8 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.  Sisters Joyce Loftis, Anna Mae Nissen and Bonnie Haugom and many nieces and nephews.

A special Thank You to the staff of the Harding House at the Beehive Homes for the amazing care they provided to our Mom. 

Interment will be in the Union Cemetery, Bijou Hills South Dakota.  Memorial services will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers donations to the Victor School Umbrella for the Arts, or the Victor Senior Center are preferred.  Send to; 1706 Meridian, Victor, MT  59875

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