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Dorothy D. “Dordy” Kessler

Dorothy D. “Dordy” Kessler, age 70 of Annandale, formerly of Minneapolis, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2005 at the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Center.

She was born Oct. 1, 1934 in Little Falls to Frederick and Philomenia (Dengel) Heurung. She grew up and attended school in Little Falls.

Lawrence J. Kessler swept Dorothy off her feet at the Silver Corners Dance Hall in 1952, and they were married Oct. 12, 1953 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Little Falls.

In 1954, Lawrence and Dorothy moved to the Twin Cities and started their family.

After raising her children in North Minneapolis, Dorothy worked 10 years for North Memorial Medical Center as a dietary aide.

During her last years at North Memorial, the family purchased a home on Indian Lake, near Maple Lake.

After retirement, Dorothy and Lawrence moved to their lake home where they enjoyed several years of fishing and gardening until moving to Annandale in 2000. Each home they lived in was surrounded by many flower gardens, as well as a large vegetable garden.

Dorothy is survived by her husband, Lawrence, of Annandale; sons, daughters, and their spouses: Robert (Grace) Sebeka, Jean Kessler of Buffalo, Mary Jo Schlee of Excelsior, Lynn (Rob) Antony of Rogers, Jeffrey (Jodie) of Duluth, and Bradley (Michelle) of Inver Grove Heights; grandchildren: Robert Jr., Shawnna, Brandon, Adam, Cassie, Chad, Joshua, Brianna, Tyler, Emily, Paige, and Maddy; and great-grandchildren Deliliah, Hailey, Clayton, Derrick, and Travis.

She is further survived by sisters Florence (Daniel) Piekarski of Little Falls, Beverly (Richard) Waddell of Buffalo, and Judith (Keith) Anderson of St. James; and brother Robert of Little Falls.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Roland, Frederick Jr., Albert, and Victor; and sisters Louise, Evelyn, Geraldine, and Rosemary.

A Memorial Mass took place Saturday, Jan. 15 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Annandale, with Father Harry Walsh officiating. Inurnment followed at Pleasantview Cemetery, Annandale.

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