Longhouse-Northshire Resident of the Month

Monday, August 20, 2018
Dorothy McEntee

Dorothy “Dottie” Marie Steffen McEntee was born May 5, 1923, in the Kingsley area to Ben and Corsini Steffen. She had four brothers in her family.

The family moved to the Spencer area at a young age where her father had a restaurant located where Sieh's construction is now and the Steffen Motel, now an office complex across U.S. Highway 71 from Cargo Express to the west.

Dorothy married Lawrence J. McEntee on Dec. 27, 1943, when he came home from Europe on leave from World War II. They had two kids: Lori McEntee Clark, son Dan and wife Jeanne Sandvig McEntee, all in the Spencer area. She had attended a business school in Des Moines and started off working at a bank in Spencer. Her husband, “Mack” for years had the Standard Oil station where the main offices of Northwest Bank are now. Way ahead of the time where professional/working women are concerned, in the '60s, she started her career in the medical field when she became the office manager for Drs. Fieselmann and Jones where the Main Street office is now. She brought in a young Dr. Ed Kelly. Eventually the move was on to move to where the Avera Clinic is now.

She helped plan and build the Medical Professional Building ,where Avera is now, working with the architects and Drs. Kelley and Jones, and eventually Drs. Wolfe and Van Hofwegen, and being the building manager as well as the office manager to the steadily-growing group of doctors that would take up medical practice in Spencer.

She hired staff that are still working for Avera, making lifelong friends of nurses, doctors and medical personnel. Dottie has never said a bad thing against anybody. “The Great Negotiator” would be an apt title for her, she's always insisted on talking things through and coming to an agreement/compromise. To this day, always generous, loving, caring and goes out of her way to be kind to friends she's made at Northshire. With four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, she takes pride in keeping up with her family's busy lives and all the activities her grandchildren are in.

At 95 years of age, she's still witty, sociable and open to trying new things.

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