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Dorothy Elizabeth Petrich

September 17, 1919 February 10, 2010
Dorothy Elizabeth Petrich
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Obituary for Dorothy Elizabeth Petrich

Worthington, MN

     Dorothy Elizabeth Petrich, 90, was born on September 17, 1919, on a farm near Bigelow, MN, the daughter of Otto Albert Hohensee and Marie Fenske Hohensee. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Worthington. She graduated from Bigelow High School in 1937. Dorothy married Vernon Petrich on January 7, 1942, at the St. Matthew's Lutheran Church parsonage. Dorothy and Vernon met at a dance. For a few years they lived with Vernon's parents and in 1945 moved to a farm near Rushmore, MN. In 1958, they moved to their farm near Worthington. Dorothy raised chickens, sold eggs and kept a beautiful garden. She canned her own fruits and vegetables and was a skilled baker. She was known for her wonderful chocolate cake, and her pies and cookies. She was an active member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church. She sang in the Senior Choir, taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible School, and was a member of the Ladies Aide, Alter Guild and Women's Missionary League. Dorothy and Vernon enjoyed square dancing and ballroom dancing for over 60 years.
     After Vernon's death, Dorothy moved to Aurora, CO, to be near her daughter, Kathleen and her family. She resided at Manor Care of Denver Skilled Nursing Facility in Denver, CO, where she passed away on Wednesday, February 10, 2010.
     Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Kathleen (Charles) Rockney of Aurora, CO; one granddaughter, Bethany (Jonathan) Rockney Campbell of Colorado Springs, CO; one brother, Dale (Sharlene) Hohensee of Worthington, MN; two sisters-in-law, Nancy Petrich and Doris Petrich; one brother-in-law, Robert Petrich, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Vernon, four brothers and seven sisters.
     Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2010, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Worthington, MN, with Rev. Tom Braun officiating. Casket bearers will be Dennis Hohensee, Jerome Rockman, Randall Rockman, Glenn Petrich, Joel Jenkins, and Nathan Rockman. Burial will be in the Worthington Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-7 pm on Friday, February 19, 2010 at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington.

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