After a lifetime of encouraging and influencing others, Dorothy Krutsinger Stephenson Steadman, 100, died in her home in Campbellsburg, Indiana on February 17, 2016.
Dorothy grew up the only child of Otho and Florence Krutsinger in Campbellsburg, Indiana. She was born March 20, 1915. She eloped with Simpson Vance (S.V.) Stephenson on January 2, 1937. Their marriage remained a secret for the remainder of the school year so Dorothy could continue teaching school (married women weren’t hired to teach at the time).
During their marriage, teaching jobs carried the couple to several local towns before settling on a farm in Livonia. Dorothy started her teaching career in 1936 at Orleans High School teaching Latin, English and math. In 1956, she moved to Salem High School where she taught and later became school librarian. After retiring from teaching, Dorothy sold real estate. After Simpson suffered a stroke, she was his caregiver for many years until his death in 1993. At age 92, Dorothy married Bill Steadman, who preceded her in death.
This petite woman with her waist-length hair wound into a bun atop her head was a well-known figure in the community, and she reached out to lend a helping hand to many along her path. Dorothy was an avid reader and kept up with changing technology, corresponding by email into her 90s. She made comforters for her grandchildren, designed and made baby quilts for all 24 of her great-grandchildren, taught piano lessons, encouraged reading, and enjoyed researching genealogy.
She is survived by her daughter, Anita Kay Smith and son, David Stephenson, both of Campbellsburg, Indiana; grandchildren Jeffrey Smith, John Smith, Joe Smith, Anita Oldham, Christopher Smith, Jeremy Smith, Bill Stephenson, Bob Stephenson, James Stephenson, Cathy Fields, and Elizabeth Stephenson; 24 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Dorothy was a member of Carter’s Creek Christian Church where she taught adult Sunday school and played the piano. She was a member of Phi Beta Psi Sorority, a volunteer at Stevens Museum in Salem, Indiana; Sweet Adelines singing group, and Red Hat Society.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11:00AM at Weathers Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Mt. Tabor Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 4-8PM and Saturday from 10AM-time of service.