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Orvella Doering, 86

Orvella Ann (nee Bullert) Doering, age 86, of Howard Lake, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, at Good Samaritan Care Center in Howard Lake.

She was born April 25, 1929, in Green Isle Township, Sibley County, to Fred and Clara (nee Krohn) Bullert, where she was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church. Orvella was confirmed in her faith at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.

She graduated from Howard Lake Public School after attending both a country school and St James Lutheran grade school.

Orvella married Orlin Doering May 12, 1949, at St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake. Their marriage was blessed with three children.

Orvella and Orlin shared life together for 64 years before Orlin passed away.

A lifelong and faithful member of St James Lutheran Church, Orvella was a hard worker, who held several jobs throughout her life. Among those jobs, the more memorable being manager of the Lake Bowl Restaurant, office worker at Howard Lake Creamery, and office manager for Sonstegard Foods, all located in Howard Lake.

She also had several part-time jobs that involved cooking with her cousin, Delores Glessing. They had many good times working and laughing together; as they operated a lunch wagon, traveling to local auctions; ran the local Legion restaurant for eight years, and catered small events.

In her senior years, Orvella was a volunteer “grandma” for the Headstart program at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. Working with the children gave her much pleasure.

Orvella leaves a legacy of loyalty to family, hard work, and a feisty attitude to all her offspring. She was a modest person who loved her family and cooking for them; and especially loved children and being around them.

She also cherished every minute she was able to spend with her sister, Donna Krause, traveling, going to concerts, or visiting together. Donna was a faithful and welcomed visitor in Orvella’s years of declining health.

Many will attest to Orvella’s amazing will to live, overcoming several physical challenges in the last years of her life. She will be missed by her many friends, who vouch for her character and loyalty to family and friends

In addition to her husband, Orvella was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Clara Bullert; and her brother, Omer.

She is survived by her sister, Donna (Robert) Krause; children Durene (Bob) Rogers of Roanoke, VA, Rick (Karen) Doering of Delano, and Sheri Fenn of Chaska; seven grandchildren: Andrew (Stephanie) Rogers, Eric (Laura) Rogers, Scott (Lindsay) Doering, Julie (Micah) Martin, Krista (Andy) Giefer, Nick Fenn, and Michael Fenn; five great-grandchildren: Olivia, Josiah, Nora, and Mara Martin, and Chase Lamb; and many other relatives and friends.

A celebration of Orvella’s life took place Saturday, Aug. 29 at 1 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, followed by interment at the Howard Lake City Cemetery.

There was a time of gathering Friday, Aug. 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Howard Lake. Visitation continued Saturday one hour prior to the services at the church.

Arrangements were with Swanson Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Howard Lake; www.swansonpeterson.com.

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