Dorothy J. (Kautz) Sele
Dorothy Sele, beloved mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother, peacefully passed away on April 2, 2017, in Bothell, Washington, at the age of 89. She was surrounded by family and died at home. Dorothy was born in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, on August 14, 1927, to Fred and Mary (Stav) Kautz. Her mother died when she was a young girl, and her aunt and uncle, Minnie and Alton Nelson, took her into their home in Hallock, Minnesota. Dorothy graduated from Hallock High School in 1945 and then went to work in the local hospital. Dorothy married Willard (Moose) Sele on October 29, 1946 and they had four boys. The family moved early in their marriage to Bremerton, Washington, where her husband found work in the Bremerton shipyard. In April of 1952, they moved to Haines, Alaska, to work for her uncle, Alton Nelson, who by then operated the local Standard Oil distributorship and hardware store. Her husband passed away in 1975, and Dorothy continued to live in Haines until 1993. Dorothy then spent several years in Port Angeles near three of her brothers and one of her sons. Her final years were spent in Bothell, where she lived with her oldest son and his wife. She was able to enjoy their extended family and received excellent care. Dorothy's life in Alaska was filled with raising her family, working as city clerk and then as a teller in First National Bank of Alaska, and volunteering in many community activities and organizations. There was never a dull moment. Much of her personal time was spent sewing, knitting, solving word games, reading and visiting close friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers Harold, Leonard, Fritz and Ralph Kautz; sisters Millie Sauer and Viola Roy; and nephews Bob Kautz and Durwood Sele. Dorothy is survived by her sons, Darryl and his wife, Susan, in Bothell, Bradley and his wife, Patricia, in Boise, Idaho, Terry in Haines and Roger in Sitka, Alaska; brothers Robert and Floyd Kautz and sister Joan Raines; seven grandchildren and one stepgrandchild; 11 great-grandchildren or stepgrandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews and their families. Dorothy requested that no service be held and any donations be made to children's charities in lieu of flowers or cards.
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