Goodridge - Dorothy Wayne, 68, Goodridge, died Saturday, March 2, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, N.D., with her loving husband, Gerald at her side.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 8 at Faith Lutheran Church in Goodridge, with Rev. Robert Dahlen officiating. Casket bearers include Steve Kiesow, Alan Kiesow, Tony Kiesow, Roger Rogalla, Aaron Hyland and Shane Wilkens. Honorary casket bearers include Dorothy’s grandchildren. Interment will be held at the Goodridge Community Cemetery, rural Goodridge.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service on Thursday, March 7, at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls. Visitation will also be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday at the church.
Dorothy Ann Johnson was born on Sept. 19, 1944 in Wadena, the fourth of six children born to Eino and Olga (Haataja) Johnson. She was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith. In 1951, the family moved to Thief River Falls, where Dorothy attended Lincoln High School.
On Feb. 6, 1960, Dorothy was united in marriage to Gerald Wayne at Eino and Olga’s home in Thief River Falls. While living in Thief River Falls, two children were born Julie and Robert. In 1962 the family moved to Bell Gardens, Calif., where Donald was born. Gerald worked for Arm & Hammer, and in 1967, he was transferred to Green River, Wyo., where the family lived until 1969. In July 1969, they returned to Goodridge and purchased their farm in Grand Plain Township. Together they ran a livestock and small grain operation.
In addition to working on the farm, Dorothy worked at the Goodridge Historical Society, tended bar at the Goodridge Municipal Liquor Store and was in the sewing department at Arctic Cat for 20 years.
Dorothy was an awesome cook and enjoyed crossword puzzles and video games. She also enjoyed fishing, hunting and driving around with her husband Gerald looking for deer. Dorothy especially loved spending time with her family.
She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and the Goodridge Lion Tamers. Dorothy was one hundred percent Finnish heritage, had a great sense of humor, and never complained even throughout her illness.
Survivors include her loving husband of 53 years, Gerald of Goodridge; children, Julie (Terry) Maidment of Oakdale, Robert (Lynell) Wayne of Thief River Falls, and Donald (Karen) Wayne of Salol; grandchildren, Heather (Chris) Peterson, Andrea Maidment, Colin Maidment, Logan Maidment, Erica (Jon) Hruby, Erin Wayne, Hillary Wayne, Theron (Kim) Wayne; nine great-grandchildren; siblings, Arnold Johnson, Elaine (Frank) Donarski all of Grand Forks, N.D., Donald (Barbara) Johnson of Lawton, Okla., Grace (Jim) Giauque of East Grand Forks, and Willard Johnson of Grand Forks, N.D.; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister-in-law, Georgia Johnson.
Condolences to the family at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.