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Dorothy Mae (Schroeder) Runningen

May 29, 1931 ~ March 16, 2018 (age 86)

Dorothy Mae (Schroeder) Runningen, 86, died peacefully on March 16, 2018 at Gundersen Harmony Care Center.

Funeral services will be at Monday, March 19 at 11 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston.  The family will greet friends and family from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to the service and in the church basement hall following the service.  Burial will follow the reception at Crown Hill Cemetery. 

Dorothy was born May 29, 1931 in Caledonia, Minnesota, to Ewald and Edna (Bunge) Schroeder.  She graduated from Caledonia High School.  She met her future husband, Vernon Runningen, on the family farm as Vernon was brought on as a hired man; they married on June 7, 1951.  Dorothy and Vernon started out their married life farming in Caledonia, Spring Grove and Peterson (North Prairie), then moving to Fountain and Preston where together they owned and operated Preston Farm Service for over 25 years. 

Dorothy, though officially a stay-at-home Mom to their three children, she also did bookkeeping at the elevator, taught many years of Sunday School at Christ Lutheran Church.  She was active at Christ Lutheran singing in the church choir, directing Sunday School programs, Women’s Circles, and making lefse for the annual Lutefisk Dinner. 

Upon retirement, Dorothy and Vernon spent many winters in and eventually moved to Mesa, Arizona.  Dorothy continued her love of cooking and baking, golf and going dancing with neighbors and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon, son, Bryan, and brother, Roger.  She is survived by her brother Curtis (Shirley) Schroeder, sister-in-law, Nancy (Roger) Schroeder and sister-in-law Doris (Milo) Runningen; daughters, Joyce (David) Fleck, Carol Runningen, grandchildren, Melissa (Mark) Fleck-Allen, Katie Fleck and Allison (Allan) Spratt, her great-grandchildren, Stella Allen and Hadley Spratt. 

Memorials can be made in her name to Christ Lutheran Church. 

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