Dorothy Krogen

Sept. 15, 1929-Jan. 11, 2020

Dorothy Krogen left life

on this earth at her home

at Touchmark in

Bismarck, ND on January

11, 2020. A celebration of

life will be held at 2:00

p.m. Saturday, January

18, at Touchmark Retire-

ment Community, 1000 W

Century, Bismarck.

Family will greet visi-

tors from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00

p.m. at Friday, January 17,

Parkway Funeral Service,

2330 Tyler Pkwy,


Dorothy was born Sep-

tember 15, 1929 in Golden

Valley, ND to Joe and

Lena (Mittlestadt) Los-

cheider. She was the

second oldest of eight


Dorothy graduated from

Killdeer High School in

1949. That summer she

went to Dickinson State

and earned a teaching cer-

tificate and started teach-

ing that fall at the Grin-

nell Country school south

of Tioga. Dorothy had five

students, one being her

future husband’s niece.

One windy October day, a

handsome horseback rider

rode up to the school dur-

ing recess while Dorothy

was standing on the

porch. The rider said:

“Hello, l’m Arnold Kro-

gen, Agnes’ uncle.”

Dorothy, being the con-

siderate person she was,

introduced herself and

just like that a gust of

wind blew her beautiful

blue skirt up over her

head! Arnold said he fell

in love with her right then

and there. Dorothy mar-

ried Arnold the love of

her life on April 15, 1950

and the Blue Skirt Waltz

was their forever dance.

Together Dorothy and Ar-

nold made their home

south of Tioga for 59 1/2

years and raised their

three children, Lee, Nancy

and Fern.

Dorothy and Arnold

loved to travel near and

abroad with friends and

family. They spent many

winters in Arizona, set-

tling in Lake Havasu

where they met some of

their fondest and dearest


She was an avid golfer,

winning many ladies tour-

naments. She also was

very competitive at horse

shoes and went to many

tournaments throughout

the states. Dorothy also

enjoyed quilting and won

first place at county and

state fairs for many quilts.

Dorothy was active in

the community, being in-

volved with the Beaver

Lodge 4-H Club, Tioga

Farm Festival, White

Earth Valley Saddle Club

and Tioga Fine Arts Club.

She and Arnold were

honored as Grand

Marshals for the Tioga

Farm Festival Parade in


Dorothy started writing

her family history in the

mid-70’s on a manual

typewriter and then

bought a computer when

she was 69 and started

writing “The Books” of

her family history and our

lives. She wrote five

books and vowed to con-

tinue writing until she

died or was unable. She

was still writing and

copying and pasting days

before her death.

Dorothy loved and

adored her children and

her grandchildren with all

her heart. She was always

encouraging them and

had their backs with any

new ventures they pur-

sued. She taught them

love and compassion, to

pick yourself up when

things got down, don’t

dwell on the past and to

live like there is no tomor-

row. Laugh a lot, have

fun, love more and laugh

some more. Dorothy kept

her positive, down to

earth attitude even in her

saddest times. She was an

inspiration to all who

knew her.

After Arnold died in

2009, Dorothy moved into

Tioga and continued to

live at the Crazy Horse

Campground in Lake Ha-

vasu City during the

winters. In 2013 Dorothy

moved to the Touchmark

community in Bismarck.

It didn’t take her long to

realize she had found a

great place to call home

and started the next

chapter of her life. She

lived life to the fullest and

enjoyed every day there.

She brought laughter and

kindness to everyone she

met. Her bucket list was

complete in September

2018, at the young age of

89 when she was able to

take a hot air balloon ride

in Medora that was made

possible by some pretty

amazing people that loved

her as much as she loved


Dorothy is survived by:

her daughters, Nancy

(Chuck) Krogen Abel,

their children Carla and

Daniel; and Fern (Nick)

Leier, their sons Kellen

(Deanne) and their sons

Cayden and Jett, and Jared

(Jenny). Her grand-

daughters, Summer (Jeff)

Walters and their children

Saige and Piper; Brooke

(Jeremy) Paulson and

their children Rylan and

Bexlee. She is also sur-

vived by her oldest broth-

er Gerald and youngest

brother Eddie.

Brothers-in-law Andy Pi-

atz and Joe Franchuk; and

sister-in-law, Beverly Los-

cheider; along with many

nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in

death by: her husband,

Arnold in 2009; their son

Lee in 2001; her kitties,

Molly and Mr. Guy; sis-

ters, Evelyn Rossmiller,

Lillian Franchuk, Marian

Piatz; and brothers, Don

and Darrell Loscheider.

In lieu of flowers,

please donate in memory

of Dorothy to the Anne

Carlsen Center or to the

charity of your choice.

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