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Dorothy Vander Ark

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Dorothy Vander Ark

Oct. 5, 1926-July 10, 2013

Dorothy V. Vander Ark, 86, of rural Audubon, died Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at her residence, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

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Dorothy Virginia Vander Ark was born to Henry and Katherine Switzenberg on October 5, 1926 in Gary, S.D. She grew up in the depression and her family lived in various places where they could find work. At one time she worked as a welder in San Francisco on World War II Liberty Ships, alongside her parents.

She later moved to Minneapolis, where she went to beauty school and became a beautician. It was in Minneapolis where she met her future husband Everett. They were married two months later, on April 4, 1954. They lived in St. Cloud, and later in Moorhead. In 1987 they sold their home in Moorhead and moved to Little Cormorant Lake, and added on to their lake home that same year. She has lived at the lake for the past 26 years.

Dorothy enjoyed painting, home decorating, flower gar-gardening, yard work, flea markets and reading true crime stories. She also loved her dog "Riley" very much. She was a very caring, giving, selfless person who always put others before herself.

Surviving Dorothy are three sons, Jan (Ramona) Vander Ark of Chandler, Ariz., Dan (Kay) Vander Ark of Duluth, Minn., and Kevin (Jodi) Vander Ark, of Corcoran, Minn.; one daughter, Lisa Vander Ark of McKinney, Texas; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one niece and one nephew.

Preceding her in death were her husband Everett (2002); her parents; one brother, Bruce Switzenberg; and two sisters, Elnore Snell and Alice LaGore.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 15 West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 16 at Community Alliance Church, Detroit Lakes, with interment in Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes.

Those wanting to share memories and condolences online may use the guestbook section at www.westkjos.com.

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