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Dorothy F. Grudem, 90

Dorothy F. Grudem, age 90, of Burnsville, MN and Sun Lakes, AZ, passed away in her sleep Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010.

She was born June 17, 1919, in Dassel, one of 10 children born to Levi and Ina Haapala.

Her loving husband, Harold W. Grudem, predeceased her, as did eight of her 10 siblings.

She is survived by her sons, Dag Grudem of Sun Lakes, AZ, and Rolf Grudem of Minneapolis; her daughter-in-law, Adriana Grudem; Rolf and Adi’s two sons, Reier and Birk; and her sisters, Lorraine and Shirley.

She and her husband, Harold, first met and married in Dassel, where Harold was a teacher and a coach. Over Harold’s long career as an education professional, they served the communities of Dassel, Cleveland, Preston, Ellendale, Kasson and Mantorville, Long Prairie, and Jackson, where Harold was the founding superintendent for one of Minnesota’s first vocational technical schools.

Harold and Dorothy then moved to Burnsville, where Harold served the community as the founding superintendent of Dakota County Vocational Technical School.

Dorothy and Harold were members of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville.

Avid sports fans, Dorothy and Harold regularly attended Vikings and Twins games, and traveled regularly to support their sons and grandsons in their athletic pursuits.

Dorothy played golf often with her friends in Birnamwood, and while enjoying their extended stays in Arizona, where she and Harold continued to play golf, and enjoyed dining, and the company of numerous friends and colleagues who had retired to Arizona, or were enjoying the warm weather as “snowbirds.”

A loving wife, mother, and grandmother, Dorothy may have become frail in body, but she did not become frail in spirit. She was a gracious lady until the end, always having a smile (and a song) and a thank you for the caregivers, nurses, and the nursing assistants that cared for her.

She was very fortunate to enjoy the warmth, care and concern of her primary caregiver, Carlo, at the Saint Jude Group Home in Mesa, as well the staff of the Hospice of the Valley, and Friendship Village PCU.

Dorothy celebrated her joy of living each day with a smile and frequently a song, while being in awe of the beauty of God’s world, the colors and fragrances and sounds of the northern woods and the Arizona desert, and with a thankful heart for such a wonderful life.

The family will host a celebration of Dorothy’s life at a later date in Minnesota, once the ice is off the lakes, the grass is green, and the lilacs are in bloom.

Contributions can be made to the Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, www.hospiceofthevalley.org.