The Free Press, Mankato, MN


November 7, 2013

Dorotha Andersen

— Dorotha Evelyn (Zehm) Andersen

    Dorotha Evelyn (Zehm) Andersen, 92, of Brainerd died on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at Good Samaritan Society-Bethany in Brainerd, MN. No Services at this time. Burial will be held at the Rice Lake Cemetery, Delavan, MN in early summer of 2014.

    Dorotha was born on August 25, 1921 in East Chain Township, Martin County, MN to Charles Henry and Sylvia (Whitman) Zehm. She graduated from East Chain High in 1939. Dorotha was united into marriage to Jens Andrew Andersen on August 27, 1940 in Algona, IA. She worked as a LPN at St. Lukes Lutheran Nursing Home in Blue Earth, MN for 21 years. Jens and Dorotha lived on a farm north of Blue Earth for many years. Dorotha moved to St. Clair upon retiring from St. Luke's Lutheran Nursing Home in 1985. She then moved to Brainerd in 2008, and resided at Oak Crest Manor II. Dorotha enjoyed raising all six of her children and loved them dearly. She liked gardening and her flowers. She loved helping others that is one of the reasons she was such a wonderful nurse. She loved traveling with friends and family throughout the United States, Denmark, and Europe. Dorotha especially loved the time she spent with family, holidays, reunions, and dinners with co-workers at St. Luke's.

    Dorotha is survived by her children, Elaine (Earl) Johnson of Brainerd, MN, Sylvan (Bonnie) Andersen of Red Wing, MN, Linda (Roger) Joyce of Merrifield, MN, Debbie (Bill) Mostrom of Faribault, MN, Steven (Judy) Andersen of South Carolina, and Velann Andersen of Minneapolis, MN; eleven grandchildren; twenty-four great-grandchildren; and brother-in-law, Bill Andersen of California. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jens; siblings, Marvin and Loretta, Robert and Ella, and Charles and Doris, Edith and Alfred Buhman; her in laws, Jeanette and Harold Hermie; Agnes and Henry Wilner, Elsie and Bob Abrahmson, Evelyn and John Arends, Cliff and Helen Andersen, Melvin and Grace Andersen, and Kenneth Andersen.

    Family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Freeman for his attention and friendship. In addition special thanks to all the nursing staff at Good Samaritan Society-Bethany for their care to our mother.

    An extra special thanks to her granddaughter, Jennifer, who was her best friend and confidant. She attended to her needs these past few years. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter, MN.


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