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Service Information
United Methodist Church, Buffalo, MN
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information

Dorothea Nielsen, age 93, of Buffalo, MN, passed away on Saturday, May 22nd, at Park View Care Center in Buffalo.

She was born on May 20, 1917, in Browerville, MN. She was of Swedish and German descent. Her mother, Nettie Rupprecht, was born in Gaylord, MN. She was a homemaker, and helped out on the farm. Her father, August Isadore Anderson, was born in Uppsala, Sweden, and immigrated to the United States when he was 8. He was a farmer.

Dorothea grew up with two younger sisters: Edna and Vera. They enjoyed a good family life. Dorothea said, “Dad was strict and good. If he told us he’d take us somewhere, he would. We would dance and sing as a family around the kitchen table. Mom and Dad had great harmony.” There was lots of hard work on the farm. Dorothea went to school through the 8th grade. Her favorite subject was arithmetic. She enjoyed playing softball and horseshoes.

When she was 18, she and her sister Edna moved to Duluth, MN, to work as housekeepers. She worked for a very good family, who treated her well and trusted her with their three sons. Later, she got a job at Kresge’s Department Store.

On August 5th, 1939, Douglas Nielsen and Dorothea Anderson were married at Hayfield, MN. They were blessed with four children: Ann, Robert, John and Mark. Dorothea said that often they thought they knew more than their parents, and that Robert often asked questions about the Bible.

Dorothea traveled twice to Germany to visit her son in the service there. The second trip was a birthday gift to her. When she was there, she went to Denmark, where her husband’s family was from, and toured both northern and southern Germany. She also traveled to California a number of times, and visited Arizona, Oregon, and Washington.

In the 1960’s and 70’s she was proud of her job, where Dorothea was in charge of the linen supply for six hospitals in Minneapolis. She was selected employee of the month many times, and was also employee of the year.

Her religious background was Lutheran, but she belonged to the United Methodist church in Buffalo. Dorothea liked many hymns, but her favorite was “Just As I Am.”

Her Dad was her mentor, who taught her a great deal about nature. A lady at Fairview Hospital many years ago told her, “You don’t have to just sit back. If you decide you want to do something, work at it. Anything’s possible!” Dorothea said, “If she can do it, I can do it, too!” That inspired Dorothea to volunteer for many years at the Buffalo Community Center, doing everything there. Dorothea was selected as Outstanding Senior Citizen of Buffalo twicw.

Life lessons she learned that she would like to pass on to others are: To always be honest, and to be on time. Never go back on your word. Dorothea liked to be known as “just plain me,” an honest and sociable person who tried to treat everyone well.

Survived by a daughter: Ann (Myron) Ohm of Buffalo; a son: John (Renate) Nielsen of Brooklyn Park, MN; five grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; three great, great granddaughters; a sister: Vera Zousel; nieces, nephews and many friends.

Preceded in death by husband: Douglas, sons: Robert and Mark, a grandson: Mitchell Ohm, her parents and by a sister: Edna.

A Memorial Service for Dorothea Nielsen was held on Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. at The United Methodist Church in Buffalo. Pastor Jef Olson officiated.

The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo served the family.

3 Guestbook Entries

  1. Mike Reznicek

    My condolences go out to Dorthea’s family. She was truly a strong woman that enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She was loved in her life and will be missed by all that knew her.

  2. Gwen Mahn

    Lorrie and family,
    So sorry to read about your loss. What a life Dorothea lived! I enjoyed reading about her life accomplishments. God Bless you all!

  3. Jeannie Fobbe

    I am so sorry to read about Dorothea’s death. I worked with her for many, many years and she and Doug were some of my favorite people. She volunteered to help me so many times with projects we had in Buffalo and she was one of those people that leaves a BIG footprint in your heart. You are all in my prayers and thoughts. Dorothea’s friend. Jeannie


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