Dorothy Mae Rantala-Bales | Western news

Dorothy Mae Rantala-Bales |  Western news

Dorothy Mae Rantala-Bales, age 91, passed away on April 27, 2024 at her home in Libby, Montana.

She was born on September 1, 1932 in Maumee, Arkansas.

Dorothy graduated from Port Wing High School, Wisconsin, in 1952. She and Marvin L. Rantala were married at Camp Polk, Louisiana. They were married from 1952 to 1975. Later, Dorothy met Stan Bales and they were married in 1977 in Libby, Montana. Stan later passed away in 2012.

Dorothy was the beloved foundation and basis of a gigantic family tree. Born into a family of twelve children, she forged deep and lasting bonds with her siblings, who shaped her into the compassionate and resilient person she was. She had nine children and was blessed with numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Dorothy was the source of many fond and funny memories. She enjoyed sharing stories about her childhood and life; teaching her children and grandchildren many family traditions to pass on. Dorothy maintained a beautiful garden, raised chickens and shared her vast knowledge with anyone who was interested in listening. She shared hard life lessons and wisdom, always intertwined with hilarious family stories.

She lived her deep Christian faith every day. An excellent example until the end, singing praises to God from her hospice bed. Dorothy was a strong, loving, funny woman who will be greatly missed by so many people. We celebrate her life and the countless blessings she brought to our extended family.

Rest in peace, mom. Your entire wonderful flock loves and misses you!

Dorothy is preceded in death by parents Wylie and Marjori Tutor; spouses Marvin L. Rantala Sr. and Stanley Bales; son Rodney Rantala; sisters Pearl Sitman, Ethye Bartholomew and Amelia Hatcher.

She is survived by her brothers James Tutor, George Tutor, Johnny Tutor, Gerald Tutor; sisters Alice Matson, Juanita Martin, Helen Henning, Florence Schact; children Marvin Rantala Jr. from Wisconsin, David Rantala (Shaleen) from Idaho, Gary Rantala (Grace) from Montana, Yvonne Little (Bruce) from Montana, Dorothy “DeeDee” Clark (John) from Montana, Cecilia Hurt (Devin) from Idaho, William “Bill” Rantala (Carol) of Montana, Gregory “Greg” Rantala of Montana; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are under the care of Schnackenberg Funeral Home of Libby, Montana.

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