Dorothy Abers, 77Dorothy Marie Abers, 77, died Thursday, April 21, 2011 at Knute Nelson in Alexandria.
Dorothy Marie Abers, 77, died Thursday, April 21, 2011 at Knute Nelson in Alexandria.
Dorothy was born October 5, 1933 in San Francisco, California to Walter and Irene (Wolff) Cavanaugh. She graduated from Balboa High School in San Francisco, where she competed on the swim team. Dorothy met Norman Abers while he was stationed at Fort Ord in California.
On June 16, 1951, Dorothy was united in marriage to Norman Abers in San Francisco. The couple lived in San Francisco for a year and a half before moving to Norman’s hometown of Osakis. The couple was blessed with seven children.
Dorothy was a homemaker until 1971 when she started nurse’s training at Alexandria Technical College. After graduating from nursing school, she worked at the Osakis Nursing Home for 25 years until she retired. She then moved to Alexandria in 1998. Dorothy was a member of the Ladies VFW Auxiliary in Osakis and First Lutheran Church in Alexandria.
Dorothy enjoyed traveling, going to casinos, knitting, watching the Minnesota Twins, game shows, and John Wayne, Shirley Temple and Sandra Bullock movies, collecting music boxes, crocheting, and baking cookies to keep the cookie jar full for the grandchildren.
She is survived by hers sons, Rick (Marie) Abers of Amarillo, TX, Randy (Sue) Abers of Brandon; daughters, Linda (Kevin) Pollard of Kensington, Loreen Rowe of Canyon, TX, Lydia (Donald) Stewart of Edmond, Oklahoma, Lois (Brad) Andrist of Garfield; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; brother, Dennis Cavanaugh of Edmond, Oklahoma; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Irene; husband, Norman; son, Raymond Abers; and brother, Donald Cavanaugh.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, April 23 at the Anderson Funeral Home with the Rev. Marilee Bergerson officiating. Music was provided by organist Randy Morken and soloists Brad Larson and Angela Wegner. Honorary urn bearers were Dorothy’s grandchildren.
Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.
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