Dorothy Reiner

Dorothy W. Reiner

CHOTEAU Dorothy W. Reiner, 95, died of natural causes Saturday, Nov. 17, at a Choteau medical center.

Memorial Services are Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church followed by graveside committal services at 3 p.m in the Choteau Cemetery. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Gorder Jensen Funeral Home of Choteau.

Dorothy was born Apr. 9, l 917, in Rapelje, the daughter of Chester Charles and Flora Rose (Koerner) Clement. She attended elementary and high school at Rapelje and graduated in 1935. She graduated from Normal School in Billings and subsequently finished her undergraduate work from the College of Great Falls. She received her graduate work from Northern Montana College and the University of Montana. She taught elementary grades and was girls' basketball coach for two years at Broadview and taught second grade for two years at Troy.

Dorothy married Bert Reiner at Missoula on May 6, 1941. Bert and Dorothy were in business in Billings until they moved to Choteau in 1946 when they bought the Choteau Lockers. Dorothy taught fourth grade at Choteau for 28 years and retired in 1983. She was a member of the Choteau Education Association, serving as secretary, vice president and president.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and taught Sunday School for 17 years and was a member of the church council for six years. She served on the Trust Board and was secretary of Trinity Lutheran Church. Dorothy was also on the Board of Directors of Skyline Lodge and on the Teton County Board for the Council on Aging. She was a member of Friends of the Library and Rapelje Order of Eastern Star and of the Rainbow Board of Choteau.

She was active in many volunteer projects at the Teton Memorial Hospital, Choteau Library, Teton County Blood Drawing and The Old Trail Museum, and she worked at the Cellerama at the Senior Citizen Center.

Dorothy is survived by her son, Don Reiner of Bellevue, Wash.; granddaughters Sharman Stulc-Baird of Missoula and Anna Laferriere of Whitefish; great-granddaughters Christina Stulc of Missoula and Autumn Laferriere of Whitefish; and son-in-law Rod Stulc of Lewistown.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved daughter, Nancy, who died of cancer in 2003 and a sister, Alice Hubbard.

Memorials are suggested to the Teton Medical Center Extended Care Unit. Online condolences may be left at or

Published in Great Falls Tribune on Nov. 20, 2012