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Diocese receives 2002 Buick Century to add to fleet

By KATIE LEFEBVRE, Globe staff reporter
(Email Katie)

‘Dorothy’ has joined the Diocese of Sioux City to promote the Catholic faith.

Royce Ranniger, director of operations for the diocese, went to Le Mars to pick up the 2002 Buick Century, fondly referred to as ‘Dorothy.’ The car is maroon with 47,000 miles on it.

The car was donated to by Betty and Gene Holler of Peoria, Ariz.  Betty’s mother, Dorothy Scheitler, 86, died in January and Betty bought Dorothy’s car from the estate. 

“The car is spotless,” said Ranniger. “Betty insisted on getting a picture with us in front of the car. She and her sister cried as I drove away. So ‘Dorothy’ is now in our fleet and will be used by our courier man at least in the short run.”

Dorothy Scheitler was a parishioner at St. Joseph Church in Le Mars. Prior to that, she and her husband, Bill, were parishioners at St. Catherine’s in Oyens. Betty was in Christian Mothers as one of the officers and was very involved.

“Words can’t explain Mom,” said Betty. “I still get teary eyed when I talk about her. She’s my idol. My mom was the kind of person who would give the shirt off her back to anybody. She’s one of those people who has a good sense of humor, was very bright and very giving.”

She explained Dorothy had a strong faith that “guided her through everything. She didn’t have an easy life.”
Dorothy lost her mother when she was young and had eight brothers and sisters.

“Her faith is what got her through the trials,” said Betty. “With everything she went through in her life, I think it is her faith in God and her strong desire that other people know God also that got her through.”

Betty is one of Dorothy’s four children. Betty has a brother and two sisters who all live in the Le Mars area.

When their mother died, Betty’s brother had offered the Buick to the two other sisters, so it would stay in the family. Since Betty lives in Arizona, she said her brother didn’t think about asking her.

She called her brother and inquired about the car. He was going to sell it to someone who had offered him a fair amount.

“I said, ‘I would like to buy it,’” said Betty. “He said, ‘What are you going to do with it?’ My hope was to donate the car. I didn’t want her car sold. Mom picked charities and took her clothes and things to places that would give them directly to people. She wanted it to go to someone who really needed it.”

Betty said her mom would have been “honored” to know her car was being used by the diocese.

“I can picture her smiling down from heaven,” she said. “It would make her the happiest person in the world.”

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