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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.

12 thoughts on “DOROTHY TERPSTRA”

  1. My condolences to the family of Dorothy. I am so glad I was able to get to know Dorothy during my visits to St. Clare. She was a lovely lady who always had an interesting story to tell. Her smile and greetings that she gave to everyone will be missed.

  2. Dear Percy and Family:

    Our sincere sympathy in the loss of dear Dorothy. She fought a courageous battle to stay here but God wanted her. Prayers and thoughts are with you at this sad time.

    Marie and Kermit Grundberg

  3. We’re so very sorry to hear of Dorothy’s passing; she will be greatly missed by many. The family is in our thoughts and prayers.


    Deb (Seeland), Greg, Shealynn & Elana Neve

  4. Oh my, such a dear person. I have nothing but great memories of her at Lewis Lake and out at their home. Always loved her smile and sweet personality. Our sympathy to all of the family. We would love to come but will have guests from Sweden those days. Our love to all of you.

  5. Dear Terpstra Family,

    We extend our condolences from the Grey Eagle area. We are saddened by Dorothy’s passing, & will continue to pray for the family.

    In reading Dorothy’s obituary, it’s quite clear she led a very good life with her great faith, & happiness. This is something that Delaine shared with us in her stories about the family. It’s been a pleasure getting to know Delaine over the years, & her giving heart.

    Thinking of you, all & praying.

    Friends of Delaine’s from central Minnesota
    The Hinman’s

  6. Pete and Betty Vander Plaats
    We.are sorry to hear of Dorothy passing on to glory. She and her family were always kind and friendly to us and
    our family. Our sympathy to whole family. We are praying for you in your time of grief.

  7. I first met Dorothy in the 1980″s, when we both worked at dental offices. The office staff from the area would meet periodically to discuss topics of interest for dental office staff. After that, anytime we would run into one another, there was always a great conversation. During the 20 years I was working at a food shelf, she was volunteering at the Ogilvie Food Shelf, again. great conversations. She knew some of my family and I knew some of her daughters. When her grandson met and then married my daughter, a new world of conversation was opened up. Many will miss this lovely lady.

  8. We extend our condolences to Dorothy’s family. Each year we visited Ogilvie we looked forward to our visit with Dorothy and Percy. We will miss her.

  9. We extend our condolences to the whole family. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  10. I knew Dorothy and Percy while growing up in Ogilvie in the 70’s. Both were beyond kind to my family. She always had a smile on her face and the ability to make you feel special. If I were to describe Dorothy in one word, it would be “kindness”. I never forgot her or Percy. My condolences to the Terpstra family.

  11. Dorothy was a very special lady. Always smiling. So sorry Diane for your loss.
    Lucy (Vogel) Schaefer

  12. My mom and dad were dear friends of Dorothy and Percy. My mom grew up with Dorothy when she was still living in Duluth; they lived in the same neighborhood. Every fall, usually in October on Columbus Day, my family would come to visit the farm. I have many fond memories of the animals and the hospitality that was shown to us when we visited. Brenda was still living at home during that time. My parents are Worth and Becky Ward of Duluth, MN. There were 3, then 4 of us children along for the visit. I am Susan (Ward) Grover, my sisters are Betsy Ward and Janet Ward. We have an older brother David, but I’m not sure if he came, too. We also have a younger brother, Craig who came into our family when I was 13. I think he visited there later on. God Bless all of you family members; Dorothy was a dear friend to my mom. God Bless You, Percy you are a kind man. Thank you all for your friendship.

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