Dorothy Joy Greseth – Release Bulletin


Dorothy Joy Greseth, 83, of Rochester died Monday, January 3, 2022 at Samaritan Bethany.

Dorothy was born on October 8, 1938 in La Crosse, WI to Orvin and Martha (Eliason) Benson. Dorothy attended school in a one-room schoolhouse until elementary school and then graduated from Houston High School. After high school, she received her Bachelor of Education from Winona State University. Dorothy began her teaching career in Kenyon, then taught in Wanamingo after meeting and marrying the love of her life, Ronald Greseth, on June 15, 1963. Ron and Dorothy moved to Rochester in 1967 where Dorothy began to teach at Holmes School, where she finally retired after 29 years of teaching. Dorothy always volunteered her time and talents through the community. Dorothy received the Medal of Honor from the Mayor of Rochester, MN in 2008 for services to the elderly. She spent 25 years decorating trees for the Festival of Trees, worked at the Samaritan Bethany gift shop for 25 years, and cooked and hosted the Christmas bake sale at Samaritan Bethany. Dorothy enjoyed doing puzzles, playing games, painting, crafting and spending time at the family cabin up north. She was also a big Minnesota Gopher fan. Dorothy was a member of the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, where she also spent countless hours volunteering and participating in numerous groups and circles over the years. She was a kind and generous woman, who always gave to others.

Dorothy is survived by her loving husband, Ron; children, Sharri Greseth-Juhnke, Lee Kyle (Jennifer) Greseth; grandchildren, Morgan and Luke and numerous nieces and nephews. Dorothy was predeceased by her sisters, Eva and Leila, and by her brother, Ralph. Dorothy’s sister, Florence Johnson, died after Dorothy in February 2022.

A celebration of Dorothy’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 13, 2022 at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1212 12th Ave. NW, Rochester with Pastor Hayden Kvamme officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home, 5421 Roya Place NW. Rochester and one hour before the church service. Burial will be in Kenyon Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Samaritan Bethany, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church or Ronald McDonald House in memory of Dorothy. Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to serve the Greseth family. To share a special memory or condolences, please visit


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