Dorothy Patricia Hendricksen


Dorothy Patricia Mulvehill, daughter of William and Cora (Olson) Mulvehill, was born on Sept. 28, 1916, in Wakonda. She grew up and received her education there, graduating from high school in 1934. She then attended college at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. Dorothy worked as a secretary to the Superintendent of Schools in Wakonda and to the Professor of Education at the University of South Dakota.

At a dance in Beresford, Dorothy met Eugene "Gene" Hendricksen. They were united in marriage on Oct. 7, 1940, in Wakonda. The couple then moved to Pierre. Dorothy worked as a secretary for the Lt. Governor of South Dakota during two legislative sessions and with the Chief Engineer of the Highway Department. The couple then moved to Sioux Falls, where Dorothy was secretary to the President of National Bank of South Dakota, and to the Chief of Engineers of Perkins and McWayne. While Gene was in Washington DC with the military, Dorothy worked as secretary to the Chief of Engineers of Foreign Airways in the Federal Aviation Administration. She then worked in Yankton, as the Deputy County Treasurer of Yankton County while Gene was overseas. He returned home following service in WWII and they began to raise their family. In 1953, they formed Hendricksen Claim Service and after the children were grown, Dorothy started working full time as secretary and office manager.

Throughout life and after retirement, Dorothy kept very busy. She was a charter member of Christ the King Catholic Church and Westward Ho Country Club, member of the St. Leo's Guild, member of the Catholic Daughters, past member of the Altar Society, past chairman of several guilds at the church, member of the Adult, Consolation, and Bell Choirs, member of the South Dakota Symphony, and was a member of several bridge groups.

Dorothy was a woman with a great sense of humor. She enjoyed golfing, playing bridge, singing, playing in the bell choir and cooking for her family. She also loved to travel and one of her most memorable trips was to Rome where she sang with the choir for Pope John Paul II.  She was truly an inspiration to her whole family.

Grateful for having shared her life are her son, Donald Hendricksen and his wife Janell, Cheyenne, WY; daughters Janet Hendricksen, Sioux Falls, Joan Cota and her husband Dale, Sioux Falls; grandchildren Stephanie Moore and her husband Will, Scottsdale, AZ, Lisa Walker and her husband Brent, Brainerd, MN, Tracy Cota, Sioux Falls, Andrea Cota, Sioux Falls; cousins Elizabeth Dwyer Asbra, Sioux City, IA, Donna Dee Dwyer, Sioux City, IA, Marcine Hames, LeMars, IA.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Gene, her brother Thomas, and cousins Vincent Finley and Jeanne Barmore.

The family requests that memorials be directed to the Christ the King Bell Choir or to the Sioux Falls Catholic Schools.

Visitation at Miller Funeral Home, 13th & Main, began at 12 p.m., Monday, March 29, with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. A prayer service was held at 7 p.m. followed by a rosary. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 30, at Christ the King Catholic Church with burial at St. Michael Cemetery.

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