Dorothy Marie Thomas, age 86, went home to the Lord on Sunday, August 26, 2018, at Renville County Hospital in Olivia, MN. Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 30th at 11:00 a.m. at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Olivia, with Pastor Rick Tuttle officiating. Visitation is Thursday at the church for one hour before the service. Burial is in the Olivia Cemetery. Arrangements are with Dirks-Blem Funeral Service of Olivia.
Dorothy was born April 16, 1932, in Lakefield, MN, to Walter and Susie (Schuldt) Nauschutz. She was baptized on May 8, 1932, and confirmed on May 27, 1945, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lakefield, and she graduated from Lakefield High School in 1950. Dorothy married Howard Allyn Thomas on September 4, 1955, in Lakefield. They were blessed with two daughters, and moved to Olivia, MN in 1968. Dorothy worked at Olivia Hardware for many years, until she retired in 2003. An active member of Zion Lutheran church, she especially enjoyed helping with the Jesus Cares Ministries in her later years. Dorothy was an accomplished and creative seamstress and crafter, loved baking cookies and bars to share, camping, traveling, and coffee with her friends. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of her life.
Dorothy is survived by her husband Howard of Olivia; her daughters Christine (Ted) Frank of Lino Lakes, and Carolyn (Jon) Klucas of Benson; grandchildren Katie (Mike) Schroeder, Erik Frank (and special friend Layla and Isla), Maggie (Rob) Landsrud, Matthew Frank, and Beth (Justin) Stelzer; great-grandchildren Arnold Stelzer, and Josie and Preston Schroeder; her sister Darlene (Les) Sayler, and sister-in-law Lula Goetz.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Susie Nauschutz.
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