Seeling, Dorothy May (nee Keys)

Seeling, Dorothy May (nee Keys)

September 1, 1922 – October 23, 2015
Age 93 of Saint Paul and Dawson, Minnesota, passed away in Saint Paul after a short illness. Dorothy was born to Wesley and Kathleen Keys in 1922 in Saint Paul. Dot graduated from Wilson High School in Saint Paul and from Macalester College. She married Kenneth Seeling of Homer, Minnesota, in July 1946. Just days after their wedding, Dot and Ken accepted teaching jobs in Dawson, Minnesota, where they lived for 65 years, raising four children, Lynn, Randy, Roger and Laurel. Dot was a city girl who maintained a love of the outdoors her entire life. As a young woman, she enjoyed attending Camp Fire Girl camps across the country both as a young camper and a counselor. On their honeymoon, Dot and Ken canoed in the Boundary Waters, and for years, Dot cooked for a family of six on camp stoves during the family’s many summer trips. A highlight of each year was the family’s annual vacation at Many Point Lake in northern Minnesota, a sixty year tradition, still going strong. Dot and Ken taught in the Dawson-Boyd Schools between 1946 and 1985. During her 30-year teaching career, Dot taught high school English and physical education, and coached many students in speech and declamation. “Mrs. Seeling” earned a reputation with students as an effective instructor who was caring and kind. In addition to teaching and caring for her family, Dot was an active member of her church and community. Dot was articulate and funny, a fine writer, an artist, and accomplished in many ways. But, most of all, Dot was extraordinarily warm, kind, and thoughtful. To use one of her expressions, Dot was a “honey.” She will be remembered as a wonderful mother and grandmother, a caring teacher, and an amazing human being, and she will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Dot is survived by her children Lynn (Ralph Jones), Roger (Anne Gilbertson-Seeling) and Laurel (Phil Gravel); sisters Jean Godfrey and Carol McCarthy, grandchildren Zachary Jones (Crystal Squitieri) and Caitlyn Anderson-Jones (Steve Anderson); and great-grandchil-dren Sophia and Emily Jones. Dot was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ken, son Randy, and sister Nancy Keys Gray. Memorial services in the Twin Cities and Dawson will be planned in the next few weeks; dates to be announced. Memorial gifts preferred to the Randy Seeling Fund of the University of Minnesota Duluth geology department and the Dawson RSG (Ruzich, Seeling and Gustafson) Scholarship Fund administered by the Southwest Initiative Foundation. (Published in the Star Tribune on Nov. 1, 2015)