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Dorothy Van Beusekom, 98

Dorothy Clara Van Beusekom, age 98, of Loretto, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, at her home.

Dorothy grew up on the family farm in Loretto, and lived there her entire life. She told stories of going to the woods with her sisters and spending time reading stories, sitting in tree branches.

In the late 1950s, Fr. Piechel requested that Dorothy become the coordinator of religious education classes. She was the director of religious education for 17 years, and taught classes for 22 years. 

She was active in the Catholic Aid Association and in 1998, received a Community Service Award from the CAA.

Dorothy loved music and often, you could hear old LPs of Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals emanating from her living room (or the Twins game). She sang with the Sts. Peter and Paul choir for many years, and enjoyed the fellowship of making music with others.

As an active lifelong member of Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Loretto, Dorothy served as an educator, choir member, president of the Christian Mothers, and a member of the quilting group. She relished spending time in the Adoration Chapel at the church, and her zeal for the Catholic faith was truly evident throughout her life.

An active member of the Council of Catholic Women (CCW), she was a leader of  this group from 1957-1959, and served as president of the St. Michael Deanery CCW, and vice-chairman of ACCW.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ted; her parents, Peter and Mary Klaers; and three sisters, Agnes, Marie, and Sister Dorothy, SSND.

Dorothy is survived by her son, Brian Van Beusekom (Peggy) of Loretto; daughter, Bonnie Kennedy (Jerry) of Mound; grandchildren Victoria Van Beusekom (Arturo Cruz) of Loretto; Valerie Van Beusekom of Cloquet; Vanessa Van Beusekom of Irvine, CA; Ted Van Beusekom, B.J. Van Beusekom, both of Loretto, Megan Sweerin (Eric) of Cokato, and Rachel Ruis (Jason) of Milaca; and great-grandchildren Sophia, Aiden, Clara, Hannah, Cole, Vaughn, Olivia, Erin, and Lauren.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday, Dec. 11 at 11 a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Loretto, with interment in the church cemetery.

Visitation was Friday, Dec. 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church, and continued Saturday, one hour prior to the Mass. Memorials are preferred to the church or to the Ridgeview Hospice Foundation.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.