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Dorothy M. Blackwood

Dorothy M. (Petersen) Blackwood, age 92, of Cokato, formerly of Dassel, died Sunday, March 11, 2007, at the Cokato Manor.

She was born July 10, 1914 in Brainerd, the daughter of Peter O. And Mabelle (Everest) Petersen. Dorothy was baptized and confirmed at the First Presbyterian Church in Brainerd. She spent her youth in the Brainerd area, where she graduated from the Brainerd High School.

After graduating from high school, Dorothy attended the Northwestern Bible College in Minneapolis, where she graduated in 1935.

Dorothy was united in marriage to Walter Blackwood Oct. 26, 1935, in Minneapolis. Together, they made their home in Minneapolis.

After Walter became a minister, they made their home in numerous towns, including Big Falls, Minn. from 1945 to 1951, Star Prairie, Wis. from 1951 to 1958, and Viking, Minn. from 1958 to 1963. In 1963, they moved to the Dassel area, where Dorothy has made her home since.

Dorothy was a wonderful lady who always thought of others first. She was gracious, kind, and courteous, a true servant to the congregations that she served.

She enjoyed listening and playing music, reading, and was a wonderful cook who always had oatmeal raisin cookies made for her grandchildren.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter-in-law, Diane Blackwood of Dassel; four grandchildren, Paul Hoffman, Joy Baker, Brian Blackwood, and Tony Blackwood; four great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Isabel Blackwood, and Charity and Justin Baker; and a brother, Dale (Florence) Petersen of Beaver Dam, Wis.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter; a son, Robert; a daughter, Carolyn Hoffman; three grandchildren, Peter Hoffman, Mark Hoffman, and Steve Hoffman; three brothers, Harlan, Everett, and Earle; and a sister, Geraldine Remington.

The funeral service was Wednesday, March 14 at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel, with the Revs. Keith Carlson and Doug Pearce officiating. Music was provided by two grandsons, Brian and Tony Blackwood, who sang “A Name I Highly Treasure” and “How Great Thou Art.” Congregational hymns were “Great is Thy Faithfulness” and “It is Well With My Soul.” Harvey Peterson was the organist. Interment was at the Lake Jennie Covenant Cemetery.

Visitation took place one hour prior to the service at the Evangelical Covenant Church.

Casketbearers were Dwayne Petersen, Dwight Weniger, Kenneth Swanson, and Gene Rumsey.

Arrangements were by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.

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