Dorothy I. Walters — Oronoco

ORONOCO — The funeral for Dorothy I. Walters will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rochester, with the Rev. William T. Otte officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Walters, 83, of Oronoco, died Saturday (March 1, 2008) at her home.

Dorothy Irene Sasse was born Sept. 21, 1924, in St. Charles. She graduated from St. Charles High School in 1942 as salutatorian, and then completed St. Charles Teachers Training as valedictorian in 1943 and obtained her limited teaching certificate. She attended Hamline University in St. Paul for one year. From 1943 to 1945, she taught at Olmsted County school. On Feb. 26, 1947, she married Vernon John Walters in Dover. Mr. Walters was a plant manager for Marigold Foods; he preceded her in death in 1998. Mrs. Walters was a medical secretary at Mayo Clinic until her retirement. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, was active in Rebekah Circle, and was a Cub Scout den mother at Golden Hills School. She enjoyed gardening and oil painting.

Survivors include three sons, Bruce J. (Merilyn) of Mazeppa, and Stephen H. (Deborah) and James V. (Roxanne), both of Oronoco; 18 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, John C. (Irene) Sasse of Bloomington, Minn., and James E. (Carol) Sasse of Duluth, Minn.; and a sister, Esther (Larry) Kieffer of Cedar Falls, Iowa. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by an infant son, two brothers and a sister.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Ranfranz & Vine Funeral Homes in Rochester, and an hour before the service Wednesday at the church.


Memorials are preferred to Trinity Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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