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Dorothy Emma (Benkowski) LaMott

October 9, 1928 ~ March 20, 2017 (age 88)

Dorothy Emma LaMott, age 88, of Silver Lake, MN passed away on Monday, March 20, 2017 at Cedar Crest.

She was born on October 9, 1928 in Lester Prairie, MN the daughter of Ewald and Augusta (Klaustermeier) Benkowski.

Dorothy was baptized on October 28, 1928 and was also instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith on March 29, 1942 at St. Paul  Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.

On August 18, 1948 Dorothy Benkowski and Edwin W. LaMott were married in Silver Lake.  God blessed their marriage with four children.

Dorothy was a faithful member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted.  She and Edwin engaged in farming in Winsted Township for many years.  She was a member of the Legion and DAV Auxiliaries.  Dorothy enjoyed baking, especially making Angel Food Cakes, keeping the lawn cut and neat, gardening and working with flowers.  She was an excellent house keeper and was the love of her husband’s life!  Dorothy also loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren and enjoyed keeping everyone fed.

Survived by her loving husband Edwin LaMott; children Roxi Chrast of Silver Lake, Nancy (Kevin) Trnka of Lakewood, CO, Connie (Vern) Thiemann of Winsted and Bruce (Carrie) LaMott of Silver Lake; ten grandchildren: Jeff (Cassie) Chrast, Jason (Jen) Chrast and Derrick & Devin Chrast; Angie Trnka and Blake Trnka (Amber); Brandon (Jill) Thiemann and Aaron (Kelsey) Thiemann; Brady (Sarah) LaMott and Tyler (Jessica) LaMott; great-grandchildren: Lucas Chrast; Treston & Colten Chrast; Riley & Camden LaMott; McKenna Thiemann; Theo Thiemann and three more great grandchildren on the way; sisters: Vera Fruetel of Winsted and Lillian Dammann of Lester Prairie; sisters-in-law: Zoa Fasching, Delores Fiecke and Annette LaMott; a brother-in-law: Orlin Graupmann of Plato, MN; a step sister: Arlaine Schiebe; many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Ewald and & Augusta Benkowski and August Kruschke; a sister: Ella Graupmann, a son-in-law Loren Chrast, and by two infant brothers and many other relatives.

Funeral services for Dorothy LaMott will be held on Saturday, March 25th, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.  Pastor David Hormann will officiate.  Bruce Gatz will be the vocalist and Sheryl Menden will be the organist.  Interment will be at Holy Family Cemetery in Silver Lake.


A visitation will be held Friday, March 24th from 4-8 PM at the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake.  A Prayer Service will be held at 7:30 P.M.  Further visitation will take place one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday, March 25th, 2017.


Casket Bearers will be grandchildren: Jeff, Jason, Derrick and Devin Chrast, Angie & Blake Trnka, Brandon & Aaron Thiemann, Brady & Tyler LaMott.


Maresh Funeral Home, Silver Lake is serving the family.  On-line condolences can be made at


 Service Information

March 24, 2017

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Maresh Funeral Home
105 Mains Street West
Silver Lake, Minnesota 55381

Funeral Service
March 25, 2017

11:00 AM
St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church

Winsted,, Minnesota 55395

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