Dorothy Elaine Fjerstad was born at 201 NW Fifth St., Kasson, the second of two children to Olai B. and Ida C. (Sanvik) Fjerstad. She was baptized at St. John's Lutheran Church. Her parents, the first generation born in America, spoke only Norwegian at home. Dorothy and her sister, Bernice, were bilingual until schools told their parents, "stop speaking your language at home or your children will not learn in school." Dorothy and Bernice soon lost most of their Norwegian fluency. Dorothy's grandparents were Norwegian immigrants who lived on farms close to Kasson and South Zumbro Lutheran Church, which her ancestors helped to build.
Olai found carpentry work in Rochester, where Dorothy graduated H.S. She was confirmed at Zumbro Lutheran. She took courses at Rochester Junior College. She was trained to run a lab by Mayo Clinic. Dorothy worked for Mayo until 1943.
Bernice married Cleon Holland, M.D., who was transferred from the Aleutian Islands to the U.S. Army Hospital at Carlisle, Pa. Dorothy accepted an offer to run their lab in 1943. While there, in 1946, she met 1st Lt. Dois Dallas, who was sent to the hospital to teach classes. They married Oct. 28, 1948, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Clovis, N.M.
In 1950, Dois graduated from Eastern New Mexico University. They moved to Rochester, living with Dorothy's parents. Dois found summer work, driving truck for Jolly Green Giant. Linda was born in Rochester. They moved to the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis. Dois worked towards a doctoral degree in math. Dorothy continued lab work.
In 1952, they moved to Williston, N.D., where Dorothy ran the lab for all the hospitals and clinics. Dois worked in the newly discovered oil fields in Williams County, N.D., where Monica, Cynthia and Debora were born. Dois' career called for a move to Tioga, N.D., in 1959. Dorothy continued running the Williston lab, commuting a full year. She later ran the lab for the Tioga Clinic. Mark was born in Tioga.
Dois accepted University of Alaska-Fairbanks' offer to start a petroleum program; the family moved to Fairbanks in 1975. Dorothy worked for Alaska's CETA program, traveling to villages in small airplanes. Later, she became a licensed real estate agent. They retired in 1985.
Dorothy and Dois traveled extensively in retirement - visiting relatives, Europe, Mexico, Central and South America, Australia and New Zealand. In 2000, they took their five children and families to Norway to visit the four farms where Dorothy's grandparents were born. Their favorite winter vacation was Mexico, especially Puerto Vallarta.
They moved to Anchorage in 1999 and Arizona in 2008.
Dorothy died with family at her side at her Arizona residence, Aug. 20, 2019, at the age of 95 years, 9 months. She was a life-long member of the ELCA Lutheran Church. She was preceded in death by Dois in 2011; her parents and her sister, Bernice. She is survived by her five children, their spouses, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be donated to South Zumbro Lutheran Church.