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Dorothy L. Thoennes

Dorothy L. Thoennes

Dorothy Louise Thoennes was born on July 30, 1953, in Alexandria, MN to Gerhard and Millie (Stich) Thoennes. She was the youngest of nine siblings and raised on a farm near Millerville. Dorothy graduated from Brandon High School and then attended Alexandria Vocational School and received a certificate in Medical Secretarial. Dorothy then moved to St. Cloud and worked at the St. Cloud Hospital as a coder for 30 years. In 2003, Dorothy moved back to Alexandria and worked at the Douglas County Hospital until she retired at the age of 60.

Dorothy was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and Daughters of Isabella, and was a willing volunteer at the church and enjoyed serving or delivering meals for Thanksgiving. She enjoyed doing puzzles, fishing, country music, watching TV games shows like Wheel of Fortune; playing cards, especially 500 and Smear; playing Scrabble and Mexican Train. Dorothy enjoyed traveling with friends and family. Her most recent trip was a fall color cruise up the East Coast. A trip that was a highlight was a 2010 tour of 5 European countries. Most important to Dorothy was her faith, family and friends. She will be remembered for her graciousness.

Dorothy died on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at her home after a courageous battle with cancer. She is survived by her brothers, Bernard (Kathleen) Thoennes of Brandon, Gerhard (Kathy) Thoennes of Alexandria, and John (Donna) Thoennes of Millerville; sisters, Muriel (Arnie) DeBilzan of Center City, MN, Ursula (Richard) DeBilzan of Vadnais Heights, MN, and Melanie (John) Boesen of Alexandria; and numerous nieces and nephews. Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents, Gerhard and Mille; sisters, Theresa Feda, and Bonita Thoennes.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Mary's Catholic Church on Saturday, July 15, 2017, with Reverend Father Steve Binsfeld officiating. Inurnment was held at Seven Dolors Catholic Church Cemetery in Millerville.

Arrangements are with the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria.