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Dorothy Jean Ketterling


1937 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Dorothy Jean Ketterling Obituary

Psalm 27 (selected verses) The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid. One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.

Dorothy Jean Ketterling, 80, of Billings, MT, died March 18, 2017, in Billings. Jean was born January 8, 1937, in Portola, CA, the daughter of Hazel (Adams) Maddalena and Louie Maddalena. On June 5, 1938 Jean was baptized in Portola. Her family taught her from an early age about how her ancestors had come to Sierra Valley from "the old country" with the Maddalena side being early residents in the Beckwith area and the Adams side being some of the very first settlers in Sattley (Sierra County). Jean attended Beckwourth, Summit, and Fruitland Union (Loma Rica) grade schools and graduated from Marysville Union High School in 1954, then earned her Associate in Arts degree from Yuba Junior College Marysville in 1956. On June 8, 1962 Jean was confirmed in the Trinity Lutheran Church. In 1963, she continued her education at Eastern Montana College in Billings where she obtained a BS degree in 1965 and an MS in 1973.

Jean met Herman Ketterling of Billings in December 1954, when she was in college and he was in the Air Force. They married in 1956 in Yuba City, CA.

Jean taught elementary school in Billings for 28 years before she and Herman retired so they could finish their cabin in the Bull Mountains and spend more time there. They also enjoyed traveling. They were always eager to tell of all the places they had visited and the great times they had together. They often planned their trips around what they thought their grandchildren would enjoy. When Herman died in 1998, Jean spent time visiting their families and friends and even took a Mission Trip to Maputo, Mozambique with a church group.

Jean married Calvin H. Canon in Marysville, WA, in 2000. They returned to Billings where they entered the rental business. They enjoyed dancing on weekends where they met many new friends and acquaintances. When not doing these activities, Jean enjoyed gardening, sewing, and being with her family. Regardless of plans or trips, she could always be found in Church and Bible class on Sundays.

Jean is survived by sons, Ray and Carl; daughters, Cindy Cope (Joe) and Lisa Schlafmann (Brian); brothers, Bob Maddalena (Marsha) and Tony Maddalena (Cindy); stepchildren, Bill Canon and Renae Harrington; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Jean was preceded in death by her husbands, Herman Ketterling and Calvin Canon; parents; brothers, Bud Maddalena and Steve Maddalena; stepdaughter, Virginia Canon; and stepmother, Nadine Maddalena.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, March 25th, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Billings. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, California Cattlemen's Scholarship Fund, Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation, or the organization of one's choice.

A special thank you to the staff at MorningStar Senior Living and Compassus Hospice for taking such good care of Mom.

Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel, and memories may be shared at www.dahlfuneralchapel.com
Published in Appeal Democrat on Mar. 23, 2017
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