Dorothy Gunderson, 89

Dorothy (Klima) Gunderson, 89, of Silver Lake, MN, went to be with her Lord and Savior Nov. 20, 2022.

Her celebration of life will take place Dec. 10, 2022, at 3 p.m at the Grace Bible Church, 300 Cleveland St. E., Silver Lake. Visitation will take place at 2 p.m. at the church. Private internment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN.

Dorothy was Ben and Emily Klima’s third child, born Jan. 28, 1933. She, David, Marion, and Benji grew up and worked the family farm in Silver Lake.

She graduated from Hutchinson High School, and got her first job at Hutchinson Citizen’s Bank as a teller.

She and Lyle Gunderson were united in marriage in January of 1956. God blessed their marriage with two daughters, Valinda and Cynthia.

The family lived in Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and New Mexico. After Lyle’s death in December of 1963, the family moved to Silver Lake, where the girls grew up next to their grandparents’ farm.

Dorothy worked at the Hutchinson Woolworth’s lunch counter. She farmed with her father and brothers. She spent many years at Ben’s Silver Lake Airport running the office and visiting with pilots, instructors, students, and those just dropping in. She also volunteered at the Hutchinson Municipal Airport, being a friendly face and lending a helping hand.

Dorothy enjoyed fishing, ice fishing, and spearing with her father. She became a licensed private pilot in her 30s. At age 70, she got her motorcycle endorsement, and rode her 250 Honda with her cousin, Eddie Klima, and friend, Tom Parker.

She enjoyed traveling, and visited Europe, Czechoslovakia, and made numerous trips to visit her daughters in Wyoming and Michigan.

Dorothy considered herself a caretaker of family and friends. She cared for her brother, David, and her parents until they passed. She was active in her church community and in the community at large, helping the elderly, and volunteering at Hutchinson Health and wherever she saw a need.

Dorothy is survived by her daughters, Valinda (Michael) Littfin of Grand Marais, MN, and Cynthia (Chuck) Parmely of Riverton, WY; granddaughter, Ashely (Parmely) Wilson; and great-granddaughters, Kelsey and Shaylan Parmely.

She is preceded in death by husband, Lyle Gunderson; parents, Ben and Emily Klima; and siblings, David Klima and Marion (Klima) Frank.

In lieu of flowers, Dorothy asked for donations to Allina Hospice Hutchinson-Glencoe branch, 211 Freemont Ave SE, Hutchinson, MN, 55350, or the Hutchinson Health Auxiliary, 1095 Hwy 15 S, Hutchinson, MN, 5530. As Dorothy requested, thank you cards will not be sent.

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