A funeral service celebrating Dorothy's life will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, April 11, at the Mineral United Methodist Church. The Rev. Terry Lancaster will officiate. Per Dorothy's request, cremation rites will be accorded following the service and inurnment will take place Friday at Pleasantview Cemetery in Kewanee. Visitation for Dorothy will be 9:30 to 11 a.m. (one and a half hours prior to the service) at the church. Memorials may be left to the Dorothy Bengston Memorial Fund. Vandemore Funeral Home, Geneseo, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Dorothy was born Oct. 4, 1924, in Kewanee, the daughter of Homer and Minnie Calcutt DeBord. She attended school in Kewanee and was united in marriage to Hayden J. Bengston on Nov. 24, 1946, in Kewanee. He preceded her in 1990.
She worked for 17 years at Novak Cleaners in Kewanee and then later at the Dairy Queen in Kewanee until her retirement at the age of 83.
Dorothy belonged to the Flemish American Club in Kewanee for 50 years. She was a former member of the Business and Professional Women's Club. Dorothy loved playing bingo and going to the riverboat.
Survivors include her daughter (and son-in-law), Karen (Ted) Countryman, Annawan; grandson, Jason (Erin) Gilbraith; four stepgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren, Chandler, Cameron, Carter and Dylan Gilbraith; 11 stepgreat-grandchildren; six stepgreat-great-grandchildren; her twin sister, Doris Porter and sister, Darlene Begyn, both of Kewanee; and four nieces and nephews.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters; two brothers; and one granddaughter, Cherie Gilbraith.
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