AKKERMAN-INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Dorothy Adair Terpstra passed away on Monday, June 27, 2016 at St. Clare Living Community in Mora, MN. She was 87 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be on Saturday, July 2 at 11:00 a.m. at Lewis Lake Covenant Church in rural Ogilvie.
VISITATION will be on Friday, July 1 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora; plus one hour prior to the funeral service on Saturday at the church.
INTERMENT will be at Lewis Lake Memorial Gardens.
Dorothy Adair (Gaede) Terpstra, was born April 10, 1929 in Paynesville, MN to Otto and Inga (Seeland) Gaede, the first of four children. She grew up in Paynesville and Duluth. In 1946 the family moved to Quamba, MN and she began attending Mora High School. After her graduation in 1947, she worked as a chairside dental assistant to Drs. Luiten and Gadola. During that time she met Percy Terpstra, and it did not take long for him to decide that she was “the one.” They were married at the Quamba Baptist Church on November 13, 1948, and began their careers as dairy farmers near Ogilvie. Percy and Dorothy were the proud parents of 5 daughters.
Dorothy was an active member of the Lewis Lake Covenant Church where she served as a teacher, sang in the choir, and was a member of the Ladies Aid. She had a strong unwavering faith in God and was a constant “prayer warrior” for missionaries, her family and friends, and anyone in need. She found pleasure in her women’s groups: Pleasant Hour Club, Sunshine Circle, and Ogilvie Missionary Society. As a breast cancer survivor, she spoke to groups about cancer and served as a Reach to Recovery volunteer.
Dorothy was an excellent seamstress and did beautiful embroidery projects. She was an expert at word games and crossword puzzles; she also wrote poetry. Dorothy was known for her hospitality, and anyone who stopped at their home was offered coffee and a treat. Dorothy loved music and had a beautiful soprano voice; singing solos, duets and trios. It became a tradition for Percy and Dorothy to call each family member on his or her birthday to sing “Happy Birthday.”
Throughout the years Percy and Dorothy opened their home to many relatives and others who needed a place to stay, one of whom was Kathy (Westfall) Barrett. She was lovingly considered their “adopted daughter.” Dorothy was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by her parents Otto and Inga; and two sisters Virginia and Lola.
Dorothy is survived by her husband of 67 years Percy; one brother Ken Gaede of Parris, CA; children Diane (David) Norman, Delaine Sawyer, Sandy (Bob) DeYoung, Bev (Dallas) Tvedt, and Brenda (Dan) Trongard; adopted daughter Kathy (Jarod) Barrett; 18 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.