Dorothy Gerdin, of Braham, passed away on Thursday, October 1, 2009 at the Unity Hospital in Fridley. She was 81 years old.
A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, October 8, 2009 at the Lewis Lake Covenant Church with Pastor Bob DeYoung presiding.
VISITATION will be from 5-7pm on Wednesday, October 7th at the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham and 1 hour prior to the service at the church.
INTERMENT will be in the North Maple Ridge Cemetery of Braham
Dorothy Lucille Gerdin, of Braham, Minnesota, went home to be with the Lord on October 1, 2009, after enduring a long battle with cancer. She was 81 years old. Dorothy was born on December 21, 1927 in Rushseba Township, Chisago County, MN to Albert and Marie Elizabeth (Rosell) Nelson. When Dorothy was 16, her father passed away. During that difficult time, she accepted Jesus as her personal Savior. She graduated in 1945 from Rush City High School. On August 6, 1949, Dorothy married James Gerdin at Harris Covenant Church. They had three children, Wesley, Lynnea, and Rosalie.
Dorothy lived on the family farm in rural Braham from 1949 to 2009. She worked as a secretary at Rush City High School from 1947 to 1949 and at Braham High School from 1952 to 1968. She was also on the Braham School Board for 6 years. Dorothy was also a caregiver for the elderly for 20 years.
Dorothy had many hobbies and interests and didn’t let grass grow under her feet. She loved singing and playing the piano and organ. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, decorating, and flower and vegetable gardening. She found growing raspberries and canning, freezing and baking with the produce from her garden very rewarding. She especially enjoyed teaching her two grandchildren many of her talents. Dorothy also had the gift of hospitality and did much entertaining. She was always ready to lend a helping hand.
She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Dorothy is preceded in death by parents, Albert & Marie Elizabeth Nelson; brothers, Wilbert Nelson and Reuben Nelson. Dorothy is survived by her husband, James of Braham; children, Wesley (Jorgene) Gerdin of Braham; Lynnea (Joel) Challander of Cambridge; Rosalie (Paul) Mika of East Bethel; grandchildren, Patricia Scharver-Challander and Rudolph Challander of Cambridge; brothers Paul (Violet) Nelson; Clarence (Ruth) Nelson; David (Janice) Nelson; sister, Helen Johnson, and by many other relatives and friends.
Memorials are preferred to Covenant World Missions, American Missionary Fellowship, or The Gideons.