Dorothy (Mrs. Chris) Batenhorst age 97 of West Point passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2023 at St. Joseph’s Hillside Villa in West Point, NE. Memorial Mass for Dorothy Batenhorst will be at a later date under the direction of the Minnick Funeral Home in West Point, NE. In lieu of flowers the family requests that you donate to a charity of your choice. Funeral services will be held at a later date. The family extends a special thank you to the St. Joseph Hillside Villa and Franciscan Healthcare
Hospice staff for their excellent care and support during Dorothy’s illness.
Dorothy Antoinette (Clausen) Batenhorst of West Point, 97 years old, passed away peacefully at St.Joseph Hillside Villa in West Point, Nebraska on January 26, 2023.
She was born to the late Lloyd and Louise (Hermann) Clausen in West Point and graduated from West Point High School. Dorothy lived most of her life in just two houses on a block in the Third Ward.
In August 1950 she was united in marriage with the late Chris Batenhorst at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and was a devoted and loving wife throughout their 70 year marriage. Dorothy was a devout member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She was an active member of the St. Mary’s Guild, Christian Mothers and Funeral Ministry.
Dorothy was an incomparable homemaker who focused on her family while juggling other jobs and activities in the community. She was immensely proud of her family, and leaves behind nothing but beautiful memories. She was thoughtful and encouraging to everyone. Dorothy was employed at JC Penny in West Point for nearly 25 years where she delighted in helping families prepare for holidays, new school years and events of daily living with catalogue purchases. She also volunteered with many organizations in town including as a poll worker for elections. Dorothy was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and volunteered many years at the VFW for events/meals.
She is survived by four children: Michael (Nancy) Batenhorst of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Daniel (Reiko) Batenhorst of Okinawa, Japan; Randal (Alice) Batenhorst of Raleigh, North Carolina; Mary Batenhorst of Maricopa, Arizona and special friend JoAnn Dankert; daughter-in-law Chong (Terry) Batenhorst of Rocklin, California; siblings Bernice Seward of Deltona, Florida, Ann Wolff of West Point, and Jim (Doris) Clausen of West Point; 9 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dorothy was predeceased by her loving husband in 2021, and by her parents Lloyd and Louise Clausen; son, Terry Batenhorst; sisters, Kathleen (Kate) Wagner and Ardene Wolff; and infant granddaughter Naomi Batenhorst.