Dorcas Ester (Sutlovich) Rhinehart went to be with her Heavenly Father on the morning of July 19, 2016, after fighting a sudden onset of aggressive Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). She is survived by the three biggest loves in her life, her husband of 35 years, Ed Rhinehart, and daughters Raquel Rhinehart and Hannah Sands.
Dorcas was born in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, and grew up under the guidance of four older brothers, Gary, Rudy, Daniel and Phil. In 1970 Dorcas joined her mother and two brothers in Seattle. During the recession she was selected out of 30,000 people to be employed at Fluke. She held several positions in the 15 years she worked there and retired as Senior Buyer.
On Jan. 9, 1982, Dorcas married her love and life partner, Ed Rhinehart, and moved to the Methow Valley to raise a family. Together they ran the Texaco gas station, Pasayten Burger Company, Mt. Gardner Inn and The Last Trading Post, and raised two daughters.
Dorcas did not stop at the end of a full day of work. Her family referred to her as the “energizing bunny.” Dorcas loved to cook and always made sure her family was well-fed, as well as every person who walked into her home. For this reason, dinnertime became family time as everyone sat around the table and shared their day and family and friends left her home with a full belly and leftovers for the next day.
More than delicious food, her love and acceptance of others was demonstrated in her actions and words. Dorcas was a loving friend, mother, wife and an all-around amazing woman. She dedicated her life to serving others. She was selfless in her care and did not ask for recognition. She loved every child she came into contact with.
Dorcas taught downhill skiing to youth at the Loup Loup Ski Bowl for 15 years and served in many capacities on the Loup Loup board of directors.
Continuing to give, Dorcas asked in her passing for a memorial fund to be created for Okanogan County youth to learn to ski/snowboard at Loup Loup Ski Bowl. Over the years Dorcas taught so many kids to ski that a trip to Wally World in Omak would not be complete without a youngster coming up and asking, “Are you Dorcas?” (people look different behind ski goggles). Dorcas would respond “yes,” and the youngster would excitedly say, “You taught me to ski!” Dorcas would remember them and visit like he/she was her only pupil.
In lieu of flowers please give contributions to the Loup Loup fund via Loup Loup Ski Bowl, P.O. Box 1187, Twisp, WA 98856 or at her celebration of life.
To honor Dorcas, there will be a celebration of a life well-lived on Saturday, Sept. 10, at The Red Barn in Winthrop at 2 p.m.
Dorcas was a blessing to those who knew her and she will be greatly missed.