Dorothy Lucille Rysdam

Dorothy Lucille Rysdam, 76, of Stanchfield, Minn., passed away Saturday, August 20, 2011, at GracePointe Crossing East Gables in Cambridge, Minn. 

Dorothy was born April 3, 1935 at home in Maple Ridge Township, Isanti County, Minnesota, to Walter and Gertrude Dobe.  She grew up on the family farm, the older of two children, and attended the (Little Red Schoolhouse) near Dalbo, and Braham Schools through the eleventh grade. Dorothy attended Cambridge Community College to obtain her GED, and also other various classes.

Ronald E. Rysdam met Dorothy Lucille Dobe in Maple Ridge Township. They were married at the Siloa Lutheran Church in Maple Ridge Township on May 6, 1951, and enjoyed a 60+ year union together.  Dorothy gave birth to five children: Linda, Lee, Sandy, Barbie, and Cathy Jo.

Dorothy was baptized and confirmed at Siloa Lutheran Church. Her Christian faith followed her through her many years, and was instilled in her own children.  She was an active member of the Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church for many years, and then transferred her membership back to Siloa Lutheran Church following her and Ronnie’s move back to Maple Ridge Township. Dorothy served as the Organist for Siloa Lutheran Church for 18 years, and participated as a Sunday school and Bible School Teacher. Dorothy was involved in many other activities such as singing, musicals and plays, and much volunteering. At home Dorothy’s hobbies included playing music by piano, organ, and accordion; reading, photography, painting, baking, gardening, ceramics, crocheting, sewing projects, and many other misc. crafts. Dorothy was a wonderful Wife, Mother, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with her family, friends, and neighbors while interjecting humor and heartfelt love. Dorothy will be sadly missed by her family, and all who knew and loved her.

Dorothy is survived by her husband Ronald Rysdam of Stanchfield, her children Linda and Husband Alan Tucker of Coon Rapids, Minn., Lee Rysdam of Stanchfield, Minn., Sandy and Husband Lonny Fredrickson of Stacy, Minn., Barbie Barnes of North Branch, Minn., and Cathy and Jim Finnerty of Pine City, Minn., Twelve grandchildren Beth and Husband Jeff Ornell, Kathleen Young (Jeff Brenna), Amy and Husband Nate Dolentz, Aleshia and Husband Andy Nix, Ryan Rysdam (Fiancé Kirsten), Carrie and Husband Ken Frost, Jeff  and Wife Cheryl Fredrickson, Heidi and Husband Jake Bennett, Taryn and Husband Josh Schlickenmayer, Machelle and Husband Benjy Bruss, Johnathan Finnerty and friend Melissa Nellis, Eric Finnerty and friend Cortney Moske, Ten great-grandchildren, one brother Darrell and Wife Kathy Dobe, and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her Father Walter Dobe, her Mother Gertrude Anderson, and her Step-Father Walton Anderson.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011 at the Siloa Lutheran Church of rural Braham with Interim Pastor Delwayne Hahn. Music will be provided by Judy Windorski and the Siloa Creek Singers. Casket Bearers are John Finnerty, Eric Finnerty, Ryan Rysdam, Jeff Fredrickson, Josh Schlickenmayer, Jeff Ornell, and Benjy Bruss. Interment will be in the Siloa Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham.

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