Orbituary Dorothy P. (Pedersen) Torgerson
Dorothy P. (Pedersen) Torgerson
(January 18, 1933-March 6, 2009) Dorothy Patricia Torgerson of Clarkfield, MN born on January 18, 1933, went to our Savior on Friday, March 6,2009 at her home after a courageous battle against ALS.
Dorothy grew up on a farm near Valley City, ND. She was the oldest of 8 siblings. She attended Green Country School before graduating from Valley City College High in 1952...
Having her fill of caring for 7 other siblings she quickly moved to Fargo, ND. A few years later Dorothy moved to Colorado in 1957 where she gave her life to the Lord. She then returned to ND to acquire a two year teaching degree at Valley City State Teachers College in 1963. After which she moved to Columbia Falls, MT where she taught 3rd grade for three years before returning to college to complete her 4 year degree. She then taught in Granite Falls Elementary from the fall of 1967 to 1970 during which time she met and married Curtis Torgerson of Clarkfield on July 19, 1969.
They had two children: Mark bom in 1970 and Michelle in 1974. In 1975 Dorothy began teaching again as a Title 1 Teacher at H.A. Hagg Elementary in Clarkfield until she officially retired in 1999 after 27 years of service to Yellow Medicine East District.
Dorothy loved to sew and after retirement, quilting quickly became a passion of hers. However, her personal hobbies always took a back seat to the needs of others. She volunteered at Special Touch summer camp near Foston, MN for challenged children for many years, went on a mission trip to Belize, sponsored 4 different children in third world countries, taught Sunday School for many years, served on the board at the Valhalla Apartments and always reached out to those needing a hand.
For those not needing a helping hand, there was always a hot cup of coffee upon your arrival and if you were fortunate, a delicious treat from the kitchen.
Dorothy is survived by her husband Curtis, children: Mark and Michelle (husband William), mother Synova, brothers: Gerald, Earl, Bertel, David and sisters: Carol, Pamella and Diane, god children: Lynn Pedersen and Kirsten (Pedersen) Gulden. Her father, Paul Pedersen (2002) and mother Ruth Falstad (1939) preceded Dorothy.