Dorothy G. Tulkki, age 94, of Delano, passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at the Golden Living Center in Delano.
A memorial service will take place Saturday, July 16 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Delano, with a gathering of family and friends from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church, prior to the service.
Arrangements are with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.
Dorothy was born Aug. 2, 1921, in Delano, to Leonard J. and Theresa (Oestreich) Rieder.
She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1943.
Dorothy and John W. Tulkki were united in marriage Aug. 2, 1943. They celebrated 59 years together.
While John was serving overseas in the Army, Dorothy taught home economics in Delano, Watertown, and Yakima, WA. After World War II ended, the couple was reunited and made Delano their home.
After raising their five children, Dorothy returned to teaching at Delano High School until her retirement.
She was a life-long, faithful member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Delano, where she taught Sunday school and sang in the choir for many years.
Dorothy was an active member of the Delano community, volunteering with many community organizations over the years.
She loved spending time with her family and friends, and especially loved gathering with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Dorothy also enjoyed cooking, music, and travel. She will be remembered for her generous hospitality.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, John; brothers Clarence, Walter, Ted, Leonard, Arthur, and Laurence Rieder; and a sister, Esther Keplinger.
She is survived by her children: Janet (Paul) Kosower, John (Jean) Tulkki, Burton (Marcie) Tulkki, Barry Tulkki (Margie Peterson), and Deanna (Hal) Becker; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many relatives and friends.