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Doris Geyer

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June 16, 1930-Dec. 8, 2009

Doris M. Berglund Geyer, 79, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at her residence.

Doris Myra Schultz was born to Ben and Celia (Shauer) Schultz on June 16, 1930 in rural Callaway. She attended rural school and graduated from Waubun High School with salutatorian honors.

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She married Orrin H. Berglund on May 30, 1950 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Callaway. They made their home in Detroit Lakes. Orrin died in 1993.

She started working for Northwestern Bell as a telephone operator in Detroit Lakes in 1948 and was transferred to the DL District Office in 1957, working as a force adjustment clerk for nine cities. In 1966 Doris resigned from the company to become a "stay-at-home mom."

In 1984 Doris became part-time office help at Hedahl's in Detroit Lakes. In 1987 she was hired by Dakota Clinic in Detroit Lakes as its first full time switchboard attendant. She resigned in 1999 when she married Paul Geyer, and became involved in his travel business, traveling extensively worldwide.

Doris was active in several local organizations, including Mrs. Jaycees. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi for over 50 years and was instrumental in organizing a local tennis association and holding yearly tournaments. She assisted with the Dick Beardsley Marathon, getting volunteers for registration. She was also involved with different committees at Zion Lutheran Church, Telecare Ministry and holding offices in Lutheran Women Missionary League. She was chairman of the North Shore Townhomes Association. In earlier years she was a bowler and a golfer, but devoted her later years to bridge.

Doris loved reading, music, traveling, and dancing. She loved to have people visit and frequently entertained family and friends. She was a Viking fan and liked most sports except baseball, which she said moved too slow for her. She loved decorating the house according to the seasons, especially Christmas. She also enjoyed garage sales and flea markets.

Doris's only regret was that she never learned to play the piano, but she will now learn to play the harp and join the heavenly choir.

Preceding Doris in death were her parents; husband Orrin Berglund (1993); husband Paul Geyer (2003); and brothers-in-law, Desmond Kunz and Arthur Miller.

Surviving Doris are her son, John (Brenda) Berglund of Novi, Mich.; three grandchildren, Benjamin, Addison and Jackson; five sisters, Vivian Miller of Barnesville, Norma Kunz of Ogema, Rhoda (Vernon) Hanson of Detroit Lakes, Diantha (Dick) Lund of Frazee and Donna (Ken) Dalve of Shakopee, Minn.; brother-in-law Earl (Donna) Berglund of Carlos, Minn.; sister-in-law Phyllis (Lewis) Mattocks of Alexandria; and her nieces and nephews. Survivors also include a step-family, Stan (Bev) Geyer and Anna (Richard) Heinrich of Edina, Minn.; two step-grandsons, two step-granddaughters, and four step-great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at the West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes. Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at Zion Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, with interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.

West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes has been entrusted with arrangements. Those wanting to share messages and condolences may use the online messages of sympathy section at www.westkjos.com.

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