Dorothy Lois Conroy
was born on February 17, 1947. She was the daughter of Gerry Conroy
. Dorothy Lois Conroy died on October 18, 2002 at Gillette, Campbell Co., Wyoming, USA
, at age 55; OBITUARY OF DOROTHY L. GONZALEZ
Dorothy Lois Gonzalez, (Lakota Winyan), 55, Black Hawk, died Friday, Oct. 18, 2002, at Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gillette, Wyo. Dorothy Lois Gonzalez was born on February 17, 1947 to Gerry Conroy and Evelyn Bettelyoun-Conroy at Gordon, Nebraska. She graduated from Oglala Community High School at Pine Ridge, South Dakota in 1965 and from Black Hills State College in 1974. In 1966, while attending Black Hills State College at Spearfish, S.D., she married Mario Gonzalez. She dropped out of college for three years to be with her husband while he attended law school at the University of North Dakota from 1969 to 1972. Upon their return to South Dakota, she completed her studies at Black Hills State College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education in 1974. She worked for Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation from 1975 to 2002, except for a three-year absence from 1997-2000. She was OLC Center Director for the East Wakpamni Center at Batesland, S.D. from 1975 to 1990. She also served as the Center Director for the He Sapa Center at Rapid City, S.D. from 1990 to 1997 and from 2000 to 2002. She was very well liked by her fellow center directors and students. She went out of her way to help hundreds of students graduate from college at both centers. She received numerous awards from OLC over the years, including Center Director of the Year (Staff Awards) in 1985 and 1987. Survivors include her husband, Mario Gonzalez, Black Hawk; two sons, Monte Gonzalez, Topeka, Kan., and Leon Gonzalez, Las Vegas, Nev; four daughters, Petra Wilson, Henderson, Nev., Angela Gonzalez-Randle, Overland Park, Kan., Anna Gonzalez, and Nicole Gonzalez, both of Black Hawk; three sisters, Geraldine Red Owl, Kyle, Sandra Conroy and Karen Conroy, both of Black Hawk; and 14 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father, mother, one brother and a granddaughter. Indian wake services will be held at the Batesland, S.D. School Gym beginning at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday evening, October 23, 2002, and at the Mother Butler Center, Rapid City, S.D. beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23, 2002. Both Native American and Christian funeral services will be held at the Mother Butler Center at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 24, 2002. Graveside services will follow at the Mt Calvary Cemetery at Rapid City. Osheim-Catron Funeral Home in Rapid City is in charge of arrangements.