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Dorothy Schmidt

Aug. 25, 1912-June 26, 2009

Dorothy L. Schmidt, 96, of Detroit Lakes, died peacefully on Friday, June 26, 2009 at Emmanuel Nursing Home, Detroit Lakes.

Dorothy Louise Donk was born to Henry and Ethel (Grampry) Donk on Aug. 25, 1912, on the family farm near Correll, Minn. She was raised and educated in Correll, graduating from Correll Public High School in 1930. Dorothy continued her education at Anchor Hospital, graduating in 1932 with a degree in nursing. She worked for Big Stone Hospital near Ortonville, and also for hospitals in Minneapolis and Chicago.

On Aug. 13, 1940, Dorothy married Sidney A. Schmidt in Correll. They made their home in New Richland, Minn. Sidney enlisted in the United States Army during the outbreak of World War II, which made them relocate to New York City, New York. While Sidney was away at war, Dorothy worked at the New York City Hospital.

After the war, Dorothy and Sidney moved to Springfield, Minn. Dorothy commuted to Redwood Falls to work at the Redwood Falls Hospital before taking a job as the surgical nurse in Springfield. From 1961 to 1975, Dorothy was the hospital administrator for the Springfield Community Hospital, which is now associated with Mayo Clinic. She retired in 1975.

Dorothy and Sidney moved to Cotton Lake to enjoy their summer retirement years, and wintered in Mexico and Yuma, Ariz. Sidney died on July 19, 2001.

Throughout her life, Dorothy enjoyed traveling to see her children, playing bridge with friends, reading her novels, doing crossword puzzles and crewel work, and was known for her talent at cooking, where every dish was a main entrée.

Dorothy enjoyed life, but most importantly, time spent time with her children, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Dorothy will be remembered and deeply missed by her two children, Blace (Myrna) Schmidt and Linda (Bob) Brockmann, both of Rochert; five grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents; stepfather, Albert DeWall; husband, Sidney (2001); sisters, Lucille Lundberg and Donna Cowdrey; stepsister, Marian Schmeichel; and stepbrother Gardner DeWall.

A celebration of Dorothy's life is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, July 3, at the Emmanuel Nursing Home Chapel in Detroit Lakes. There will be visitation for one hour prior to services at the chapel.

Interment will take place at Mound Cemetery in Ortonville, Minn. The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is assisting the family with arrangements.

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