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Oct. 7, 1930 – Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Service Information
Cross Lutheran- Rockford
1 PM

Visitation Information

Dorothy A. Engelen, age 77 of Rockford, died Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at Ridgeview Hospital in Waconia.

Dorothy Ann was born on October 7, 1930 in Green Isle to John and Mabel (nee Luedtke) Herrmann. She was both baptized (October 26, 1930) and confirmed (May 7, 1944) in St. Paul™s Lutheran church in Green Isle. She was also married in the same church on November 26, 1948 to Herman Engelen. Dorothy and Herman were blessed with seven children; five girls and two boys.

Dorothy was a hard worker and got her first job at the age of 16 in the Minneapolis Woolworth™s Department store. She then worked in a bakery in Waconia followed by being a waitress at the Dew Drop Inn in Norwood. She worked for several years at Tonka Toys and retired from the Red Vest in Rockford where she worked as a waitress.

Dorothy and Herman enjoyed fishing and made the move from downtown Rockford to Lake Charlotte in the late 1960™s. Besides fishing, Dorothy enjoyed playing cards, going to casinos, baking (especially holiday cookies) for the family, and trips to the South West.

Dorothy Engelen is survived by her children: Deborah Debbie (Ed) Davidson, Webster, South Dakota, Jesse Engelen, Maplewood, Kimberly Kim (Roger) Pattee, Savannah, Georgia, Gail (Rich) Graunke, Greenfield, Frank Engelen, Menahga, Susan Susie (Steve) Long, Sunbury, North Carolina, and Monique Moni (Darrin) Gordon, Robbinsdale; brother, Robert (Sandy) Herrmann, Hamburg; sister, Elaine (John) Frahm, Stillwater; twelve grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers: Donny and Kenneth Kenny Herrmann; sisters: Ruth Melchert and Carol Bruers; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Dorothy are on Friday, at 1:00 P.M. at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford. The Thursday evening VISITATION is also AT the CHURCH, from 4-8:00 P.M. Visitation resumes one hour before the funeral. Interment is at Elmwood Cemetery in Rockford.

4 Guestbook Entries

  1. Pam Herrmann (Scott)

    My sympathies to the family. Scott plans to come for the wake today after work. I will be unable to make it but my thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Scott & Pam Herrmann
    Glencoe, MN

  2. William Peglow MD

    Dear Gail and family,
    You have my deepest sympathy at your loss. I knew that your family had made the decision for Dorothy to enter hospice for terminal care, but I never expected her to pass so quickly. She certainly was a fighter to get along as well as she did. I admired her humor and dignity. Even with her advanced disability, she could still crack a smile and a sharp remark when she wanted! God bless you all; my prayers are for your comfort in your sorrow. I know Dorothy is healed of all her ills now.

  3. Jim Rucks

    Hang in there Frank

  4. melody staskivige

    im very sorry to hear of the loss of dorothy she is in my thoughts always sorry i couldnt make it to the funeral i had to work…my mother is now at the park view nursing home and she visited with dorothy as the rest of my family did…all the staskiviges will miss her..she was the best waitress our bar ever had. she will be missed. to all her children{we are sorry for your loss} god bless all of you…..


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