Doris Mae was born Aug. 9, 1940 in St. Paul, Minn. to parents Orvie and Myrtle (Birr) Bittner. On Feb. 15, 1958, Doris was united in marriage to Tunney Ray Lepinski in Maplewood, Minn. Together they made a home in Oakdale. Doris and Tunney were blessed with three daughters, Darla, Julie, and Brenda. Once her daughters were all in school, Doris began working as a school cook. In early 1970, Doris and Tunney moved to a farm in Princeton where Doris loved to take care of the animals. She also enjoyed planning a large garden which she harvested and canned for the winters. She enjoyed sewing, making clothes for her daughters and made many quilts. In later years, Doris and Tunney moved to Stanchfield where they built two different homes, the last being Doris’ favorite. While living in Stanchfield, Doris worked for Grandview Christian Homes as an activities assistant for 17 years. Doris and Tunney moved to a home in Finlayson. Due to declining health in 2007, Doris and Tunney moved to Princeton with their daughter Darla. When Doris’ care needs demanded additional care, she lived in several different care facilities before settling at Elim Home in Princeton. Doris was so happy there and enjoyed the staff and their loving care. Doris loved spending time with her great-granddaughters Ally, Haley, and Carly; sharing a very special relationship.
Doris loved the Lord and would always tell others the message of salvation. She loved attending and leading Bible studies, singing in the church choir or with the Praise Team, acting in church plays, and spending many years teaching Sunday school. She shared her talents by teaching teens guitar lessons. Doris always put the Lord first in her life and will be remembered for her strong faith and trust in God.
Doris is preceded in death by her parents; husband Tunney; infant son Ronnie Ray; great grandson Brady Melberg; granddaughter-in-law Jenny Halverson; and sister-in-law Debbie Lepinski.
Doris is survived by her beloved dog, Fifi; daughters, Darla (Roger) Halverson of Princeton; Julie (Randy) Stromberg of Mora; and Brenda (Robert) Voss of Grandy; grandchildren, Lisa (Jeremy) Melberg; Dan Halverson; David (Samantha) Halverson; Caleb Halverson; Gina (Matt) Lamb; Tony Voss; Michael Voss; Jennifer (Brian) Swanson; Jessica (Yaron) Nami; Joshua (Cassandra) Stromberg; Tabatha (John) Levercom; Randy Stromberg Jr.; and Shane Stromberg; 15 great grandchildren; brothers, Kenny (Karen) Bittner of Fosston and Richard (Julie) Bittner of Rush City; sister, Mary (Erv) Luckman of Oak Park; brothers-in-law, Mike (Christine) Frantzen of So. St. Paul; Mike (Barb) Lepinski of Oakdale; Hank (Ginny) Lepinski of Oakdale; Jerry (Diane) Lepinski of Stillwater; and Doug Lepinski of Princeton; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A funeral service was held May 17, 2013 at the Stanchfield Baptist Church with Rev. Dan Osborn officiating. Music was provided by Becky Pansch. Casket Bearers were Dick Bittner, Kenny Bittner, Tony Voss, Mike Voss, Josh Stromberg, Shane Stromberg, and Randy Stromberg Jr.. Honorary Casket Bearers were Lisa Melberg, Gina Lamb, Ally Melberg, Haley Melberg, and Carly Melberg. Interment was at the Stanchfield Baptist Cemetery. Arrangements by Rock-Ingebrand Funeral Home.