Dorothy Koens

Dorothy Ann Leona Koens, 89, Luverne, died Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at the Mary Jane Brown Home – ­Good Samaritan Society In Luverne, where she resided for the last three years.

A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 8, at St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne. Burial of cremains will be at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Dorothy Gonnerman was born Feb. 28, 1928, to Roy and Florence (Peper) Gonnerman in rural Rock County. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne. She graduated from Luverne High School in 1946. She worked as an usher at the Palace Theatre and Roy’s and Long’s Duba’s Café during high school. After graduation, Dorothy worked at the First National Bank in Luverne and then Marquette National Bank in Minneapolis. She returned to Luverne to work for Northwestern Bell Telephone.

Dorothy married George Koens on June 3, 1951, in Luverne. After their marriage, they moved to a farm by Garretson, South Dakota, followed by a farm in Springwater Township for two years. They raised their family in the Hills and Beaver Creek areas until 1973, and then they purchased a farm near Hardwick. In 1986 the couple moved to Luverne where Dorothy worked at the Mary Jane Brown Nursing Home for three years and later at the Heritage House for ten years. She retired and moved to the Centennial apartments in 2008.

She attended Trinity and Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Hills and taught Bible School, Sunday School, and the Ladies Aid. She was a talented seamstress and enjoyed knitting, crocheting and loved gardening.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Richard Koens, St. Louis Park, and Linda (James) Barnhart, Woodbury; four grandchildren, Rebecca (Ryan Sauers) Koens, Dana Koens, Ryan (Nicole) Barnhart and Kathleen (Peter Kenyon) Barnhart; two great-grandchildren, Kylee Sauers and Harlow Barnhart; two sisters, Ruth McClure, Luverne; Marlis (Les) Kleinke, St. Cloud; one brother, Marvin (Margaret) Gonnerman, Luverne; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George, in 2013; and two brothers, LeRoy and Douglas Gonnerman.

Arrangements are by Dingmann Funeral Home of Luverne, dingmannandsons.com.

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