Dorothy “Dotty” Cretsinger, 94

Funeral Service for Dorothy “Dotty” Cretsinger, 94, of Baker, MT, will be 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, at American Lutheran Church, Baker, with Pastor Scott Kiehn officiating. Burial will follow at Bonnievale Cemetery.

Visitation for Dotty will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019 at Stevenson Funeral Home with a prayer service taking place at 7 p.m.

Dorothy “Dotty” Cretsinger, 94, passed away peacefully Nov. 1, 2019 at Fallon Medical Complex Nursing Home in Baker, MT.

Dotty was born Aug. 19, 1925 to Carlton and Grace Hollowell in Indianapolis, IN. Times were tough and after her father’s death she was sent to live in a Masonic Home. After growing up, she left the home and moved in with her sister and brother-in-law in Texas. She then met and married Merle Peterson. They lived in Sidney, MT and had two children, Dennis and Kathryn. They divorced but stayed friends. Dotty then met Jack Madison and they had two daughters, Lisa and Stacey. They moved from Sidney, to Miles City, MT and eventually ended up in Ekalaka, MT, where until Jack’s death they made their home. Dotty worked two jobs to make ends meet, and in 1978 she met Kenneth Cretsinger. In January of 1979 they were married and enjoyed life together until Kenneth’s death in 2011. Dotty always gave all she could to those she loved. She loved her children, playing piano and singing in church, hunting for antiques and arrowheads, catering banquets, going to auctions, and hauling her mail routes. She always had a special place in her heart for her family, friends, and especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dotty instilled a little bit of something in every life she touched and will be missed by many.

Dotty is survived by her children, Dennis Peterson, McDonough, GA; Kathryn Peterson, Decatur, GA; Lisa Merkle, New Market, AL; and Stacey (Bruce) Moore, Baker, MT. Grandchildren JD, Angela, Denise, Shyloh, Madison, Shelby and Kacee, and ten great-grandchildren.

Dotty was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, Merle, Jack, Kenneth, and grandchildren, Reggie and Charlie.

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