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Dorothy E. Lindblad

Dorothy E. Lindblad

July 2, 1920 July 2, 2014

Dorothy E. Lindblad, of Willmar, formerly of Spicer, died Wednesday, July 2nd at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar. Her interment will be 9:00 am, Saturday at Svea Lutheran Cemetery in Svea followed by her Memorial Service at 11:00 am at Faith Lutheran Church in Spicer. A time to visit with the family will be from 10 am until the time of the service at the church. Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar.

Dorothy was born on July 2, 1920, near Clara City, Minnesota in Chippewa County, the daughter of Thomas and Bertha (Tary) Leek. She grew up in the Clara City area but moved to Willmar before her senior year in high school and lived in downtown Willmar. She worked as a housekeeper for her room and board while she attended Willmar High School, graduating in 1938. Following her schooling, Dorothy worked at the Willmar State Hospital.

On November 4, 1939, she was united in marriage to Earl Lindblad in Lake Elizabeth Township. They lived and farmed in Fahlun Township and later moved to Blomkest where they owned and operated Earl and Dots Caf. In 1952, they moved to Willmar when Earl began working for Willmar Municipal Utilities. Besides taking care of their home and raising their kids, Dorothy also worked at Rodelius Ford, Larry Swenson Ford, Willmar Cookie Company and JC Penney, before retiring in 1980. After they retired, they moved to Spicer. Earl preceded her in death on July 4, 2005. Dorothy continued to live in Spicer before moving Bethesda Heritage, Sterling House and then Prairie Senior Cottages in Willmar.

While living in Blomkest, Dorothy was a member of Svea Lutheran Church and upon moving to Willmar they joined Bethel Lutheran Church. Following their retirement when they moved to Spicer, she joined Faith Lutheran Church. She always volunteered at her churches and until she could no longer drive and Dorothy always belonged to a Bible study group.

Her family remembers her love of traveling, especially with their dear friends, Grant and Arlie Christianson. She enjoyed playing cards, especially Whist and also collected various knick knacks. Dorothy was an exceptional cook and homemaker, keeping a meticulous home. But most of all, throughout her whole life, Dorothy loved doting on her children and grandchildren and yet periodically you could see her giving her family that "finger pointing," when she meant business.

Surviving are her children, Jerry (and Becky) Lindblad of San Clemente, CA; Jim (and Sherlie) Lindblad of Palm Desert, CA; Don (and Rosemary) Lindblad of Coon Rapids; Doug (and Jan) Lindblad of Willmar; Gordy (and Deb) Lindblad of Spicer; and Shelly (and Rick) Baker of Willmar; 21 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and sister-in-law, Dorothy Ostby of Detroit Lakes.

Besides her husband, Earl and parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by her siblings, Irene, Raymond, Walter, Bill and Dick. She was also preceded in death by her granddaughter, Tricia and daughter-in-law, Mary.