Dorothy Elaine (nee Peterson) Lonson, age 88, formerly of Montrose, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at a care facility in St. Louis Park, with members of her family by her side. Dorothy died from complications of several recent strokes.
Born July 22, 1925, on a family farm in Montrose, Dorothy was the eldest child of Hugo and Esther Peterson.
She spent the early years of her life either in Minneapolis, or on the Montrose family farm. She graduated from Central High School in Minneapolis at the age of 15.
Dorothy married her high school sweetheart, Robert DeWitt Lonson, Aug. 29, 1943, in Seattle, WA. Robert was stationed at the Naval air station in Pasco, WA, following service in the battles of Midway, Santa Cruz Island, and the Coral Seas during World War II.
Following Bob’s Naval discharge in September 1945, the couple moved back to Minneapolis, where the couple’s three children were born, Susan, Gunnar, and Erik.
The family moved to Houston, TX, in 1953, and then to Sioux City, IA, in 1956, where Dorothy and Bob lovingly raised their family.
Dorothy supplemented the family income by sewing for friends and neighbors, as well as dance teams and twirling/baton teams.
Bob and Dorothy moved to Scottsdale, AZ, in 1971.
She worked for 22.5 years as a bookkeeper at Canyon Records and Indian Arts in Phoenix. Dorothy graduated from Phoenix College at the age of 57, in 1983. She remained in Scottsdale until her physical limitations required a move to her daughter’s residence in Buffalo, MN, in late 2012.
Dorothy was a dedicated and loving wife and mother. Her main hobbies included sewing and other needlework, and playing in as many as five bridge clubs at a time.
Over the years, she was active in Christian Women’s Fellowship, TTT, PTA, and was a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader. She believed in giving back to her community, delivering food to home bound AIDS patients through the Phoenix Agape Network program for nine years.
Dorothy had visited almost all 50 states over the years, and following her retirement from Canyon Records, she visited China, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Italy, France, Finland, and Russia. She spent each Thanksgiving with her sons’ families in California, and Christmases with her daughter’s family in Minnesota.
Dorothy is survived by her brother, Allyn (MaRie) Peterson of St. Louis Park; three children, Susan (Charles) Mackey of Buffalo, Gunnar Lonson of Santa Barbara, CA, and Erik (Mary Jayne) Lonson of Novato, CA; 11 grandchildren, Joshua Mackey, Jacob Mackey, Cadyanna (Nate Johnston) Mackey, Calyanne (Lucinei) Munoz Castro, Jonah Mackey, all of the Twin Cities area; Ashleigh (Dan) Chu, Michael Lonson, Bradley Lonson, all of the Los Angeles area; and Christopher Lonson, Brendan Lonson, and Erika Lonson, all of the San Francisco area; and four great-grandchildren: Aiden Johnston, Carter Mackey, and Evan and Graham Chu.
Funeral services took place Saturday, July 19 at 10 a.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, followed by interment at Kreidler Cemetery in Montrose.
A memorial gathering took place Thursday, July 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.