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Dorothy Heinonen

Dorothy Heinonen

March 17, 1938-Aug. 17, 2013

Former Ponsford resident Dorothy Ann Heinonen, 75, of Mahnomen, died Saturday, Au-gust 17, 2013 at the Mahnomen Health Center.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Old Pine Point School in Ponsford, with Reverend Tim Brown officiating. Interment will be in Breck Memorial Episcopal Cemetery.

Friends may call at the school from 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 until the time of services on Saturday.

Dorothy Ann Heinonen, known as Dee Ann, was born to George and Rose (Bunker) Thompson on March 17, 1938 in White Earth. She was raised and educated in the Ponsford area.

Dee Ann was united in marriage to Lester Heinonen in 1955. They lived in Montana, Chisholm, Minn., Chica-go, Ill., and Minneapolis prior to returning to Ponsford in the late 1960s. She worked as a cook for the Pine Point Nutrition Center.

They later moved back to Minneapolis, where she worked for the American Indian Center. They returned to Ponsford in the late 1990s.

Dee Ann enjoyed quilting, cooking, baking, bead making and sewing.

Survivors include eight children, Michael (Kathy) of Minneapolis, Leslie (Valarie) of Ponsford, Perry (Tina) of Detroit Lakes, Robin (Muriel) of Ponsford, Lori Heinonen of Park Rapids, Sheila (Glenn) Harvala of Park Rapids, Lisa (Tom Butcher) Thompson of Frazee and Kevin of Detroit Lakes; 19 grandchildren; 45 great grandchildren; and a sister, Francis "Frenchie" Benjamin of Minneapolis.

Preceding her in death were her husband; her parents; three grandchildren; and four brothers.

David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family. Memories may be shared online at