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Dorothy “Ty” Symes 12/03/2022

Dorothy Ann “Ty” Hoyer Symes, age 91, of River Falls formerly of Ellsworth passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born the daughter of Roland and Edna (Meyer) Hoyer on November 18, 1931. Following high school, Ty went on to Northwestern School of Nursing in Minneapolis, MN and became a registered nurse. On June 30, 1956, she married Kirby Symes. The couple were blessed with two children Todd Mason and Catherine Ann “Katy”. Ty spent most of her career working as a RN at the River Falls Area Hospital and the Kinnic Long Term Care Center. She was an active member of the Episcopal Church and PEO. Ty was known as the “wanderlust” in the family and enjoyed traveling the world, especially to China, London, Australia and Russia. She adored her two granddaughters and was very involved in their lives. Ty had a fondness for Dachshunds and loved her companions over years, Erich, Odie, Max, Jess and Duke. She could be seen walking the dogs on the farm or the mound. Her love of nature was found by gardening and enjoying time on the St. Croix River. Ty was preceded in death by her parents, Roland and Edna Hoyer; siblings, Bette (Edsel) Vergin, Jacob Hoyer; husband, Kirby Symes; and daughter, Catherine “Katy” Giske. She is survived by her son, Todd Symes; son-in-law, Ken Giske; granddaughters, Cassandra (Stuart) Buehler, Paige (Jake) Molburg; great-grand fur babies, Willie, Lexi, Toby and EllieMae; nieces and nephews, Brad Vergin, Debra Vergin, Daniel Vergin, Kathy Peterson, Jay Hoyer, Gretchen Midboe and their families. The family would like to publicly thank Ty’s primary care givers Cheryl Arne, Jennifer McCormick-Diethret, Amy Freeman as well as Adoray Home Health and Hospice for their tender care given to Ty and family during these recent months. A funeral service was held on Monday, December 12, 2022 at 11:00 am at St. Bridget Catholic Church in River Falls. Visitation was held on Sunday, December 11, 2022 from 2:00-4:00 pm at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services in River Falls and also on Monday from 10-11 am at the church. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorials preferred to Walk On Therapeutic Riding River Falls. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.


  • Audrey Gilbertson Posted December 4, 2022 6:27 pm

    Ty was a year ahead of me in school. The Hoyer family was related to y hubby as his grandmothers aiden name was Hoyer. My sympathy to your family. Audrey Gilbertson

  • Cindy Albertson Grassl Posted December 4, 2022 7:16 pm

    I will always have happy memories of your mother, Todd. One memories in particular was in the summer when she brought Oreo cookies outside for us. I also remember your sister, Katie.

  • Cindy Albertson Grassl Posted December 4, 2022 7:22 pm

    Such good memories that I have of you and your mother! Not to mention Katie and your dad.

  • Pam Feyereisen Posted December 5, 2022 7:17 pm

    I knew Dorothy when I worked at the old Kinnic Home. In fact I knew her when my mom and sister worked there in the early eighties. She was such a nice lady, always had a smile on her face and had fond memories of my mom when she spoke of her. My condolences to the Symes and Giske families.

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