Dorothy Yvonne Gruenhagen, age 89, of Howard Lake, passed away peacefully Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Care Center.
She was born July 16, 1922, in Cokato, to Erick and Hazel Anderson.
Raised in Cokato, Dorothy later married Orville Carlen in 1943. This marriage was blessed with two children, Barbara and Dwight.
Dorothy later married Otto Gruenhagen in 1953, and was blessed with four children, Gerald, Kathy, Susan and Janet.
Dorothy spent many years as a dedicated mother, and later in life worked in the Cokato and Howard Lake nursing homes.
She enjoyed reading, crocheting, cooking, and sewing, and cherished spending time with her grandchildren.
Dorothy was a longtime member of the St. James Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League.
She is survived by her children, Barbara (Don) Lambert of Riverton, WY, Gerald (Connie) Gruenhagen of Howard Lake, Kathy Steffes of St. Cloud, Susan (Joe) Snyder of St. Cloud, and Janet (Tim) LePage of Waverly; daughter in law Janet (Mike) Ewert of South Haven; 13 grandchildren, Steven Mohring, Stacy Strasser, Rhonda Bakko, Melissa Feigum, Joseph Carlen, Christina and Matthew Gruenhagen, Derek and Heather Steffes, Laura, Ellen and Chet Snyder and Calvin Hugo; 10 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Myron Anderson of Luling, TX.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; husbands Orville and Otto; son Dwight; sons-in-law Jerry Hugo and Les Steffes; granddaughter Angela Carlen; and great-granddaughter Amelia Feigum.
Funeral services took place Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 10 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, with visitation for one hour prior to the services at the church. Interment followed at Howard Lake City Cemetery.
Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake.