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Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home
Friday June 3rd, 2022
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Friday June 3rd, 2022

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Juanice "Dotty" Evelyn (Schacko) Smith

Juanice “Dotty” Evelyn (Schacko) Smith, 97, of Albert Lea, formerly of Alden, passed away on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at Thorne Crest Senior Living of Albert Lea.  A Funeral Service will be held at 11AM on Friday, June 3, 2022 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home of Albert Lea with Rev. Todd Walsh presiding.  Visitation will be two hours prior starting at 9AM.  Burial will be at Alden Cemetery.  

Dotty was born on June 16, 1924 to Albert and Julia (Tatge) Schacko in Walters, MN.  Dotty grew up in rural Walters and graduated from Alden High School. Then on October 24, 1946 Daryl and Dotty were united in marriage at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Walters, MN.  The couple settled on a farm outside of Alden to raise their family.  On the farm Dotty took care of her two children and she also helped Daryl with work on the farm.

Dotty was a member of the United Methodist Church in Alden.  She had a wonderful sense of fashion and was employed at Stevenson’s Department Store in Albert Lea for many years.  Dotty had a wedding cake decorating business she owned and operated. 

In their later years, Daryl and Dotty spent the winter months in McAllen, Texas.  In retirement, Dotty enjoyed spending time with her family, gardening, and bird watching.  

Dotty is survived by her two children, Greg (Marsha) Smith and Julie (John) Dale; grandchildren, Holly (Justin) Janni, Kyle (Loretta) Smith, Tricia (Jeremy) Linn, Tracie (Shane) Hofmann, Sarah (Jon) Bakken; great grandchildren, Bennett and Evan Janni, Camden and Rece Smith, Megan, Jaden, and Darin Linn, Tenley and Kaden Hofmann, Brenna, Caylee, and Gannon Bakken; and many other loving relatives and friends.

Dotty is preceded in death by her husband, Daryl; parents; and siblings, Norbert Schacko and Ardis Wacholz.   


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Dotty's sweet nature and welcoming spirit will always be remembered when my Mom first moved to Thorne Crest. She was so sweet and gentle. Mom is greeting her now in Heaven! Peace to your family.

Sue (McNaughton) Callahan Jun 4 2022 11:35 AM

Oh my sweet dotty! It was such a pleasure to care for you! You gave me many smiles and good stories! So sorry to your family! Prayers!

Amanda cross cna Jun 1 2022 3:22 AM

Dottie was very special to me.
As a teacher in the school I was assigned her daughter Julie as a student. When my November birthday came she prepared a cake decorated with perfect chrysanthemums. I will never forget how special I felt when she presented me with the cake.

Mary Huper May 31 2022 6:46 PM

Sending my sympathy to Dotty's family. I remember Dotty from long ago when she worked at Stevenson's with my mom (Lila Glantz). Dotty was always so much fun, and she did have such great style! She was truly a wonderful person!

Marcia LeVoir May 31 2022 9:53 AM

Our Sympathy.
Your mother certainly had a life well lived. She was one of the many kind ladies I remember growing up in Alden UMC.
A classy lady too!

Karen Miller May 30 2022 6:09 PM

Greg . Marsha, So sorry for the loss of Greg's dear Mother! She lived a long & full life. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all.
Maryann & Jack in NH.

Maryann Toni Wilson May 30 2022 6:05 PM

We have such good memories of Dottie. Sending prayers of comfort to her whole family.

Dave & Ginny Destival May 30 2022 1:14 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Juanice "Dotty" Smith

Beth Birch May 30 2022 7:20 AM

Greg and Julie: sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. Thoughts and prayers fir you and your family.

Ruthann Gaard May 29 2022 10:42 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Juanice "Dotty" Smith

Kathy Lutteke May 29 2022 8:16 PM