Dorothy Christie, 86, mother of Spring Valley man
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 2:21 AM
Dorothy M. Christie died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, of natural causes at Saint Mary's Hospital in Rochester, where she had been a patient for a day.
Dorothy Mary Hanf was born Nov. 30, 1927, in Pleasant Grove Township in Olmsted County, to Franklin and Lillian (Butler) Hanf.
She grew up on the family farm, attended rural school and Lourdes High School in Rochester, graduating in 1945.
She was employed as a housekeeper and nanny in Rochester and at Berg Drug Store in Stewartville for two years.
She was married on Oct. 5, 1950, at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Stewartville, to Dilman J. Christie. Following their marriage, the couple moved to the Christie farmstead in rural Racine, where they raised their family and farmed for 45 years. She was a farmwife, homemaker and managed the Christie family egg business. Her husband was a longtime farmer, seed salesman and insurance agent.
She was a longtime member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church, where she was an Altar Guild member and treasurer at the age of 18. She also belonged to the Catholic Church Women, ladies circles and taught religion. She belonged to the Sumner Township Magazine Club, the Science Hill Birthday Club, the Country Bumpkins, the Friendly Neighbor Club and the Red Hat Society.
She and her husband moved into Stewartville in May 1995 and enjoyed trips to Arizona in the winter. Her husband died on June 6, 2012. After his death, she resided at Madonna Meadows in Rochester since 2012. She enjoyed cards and puzzles, collected butterfly pins and loved time spent with family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by three sons and two daughters, James (Deborah) of Stewartville, Paul (Jacqueline) of Fond-du-Lac, Wis., Charles (Jane) of Spring Valley, Mary (Harold) Bredesen of Racine and Suzanne "Sue" (Tim) Seehusen of Stewartville; 17 grandchildren, Holly Joy Christie, Bridget (Cory) Hoffman, Emily (Holly) Christie, Aaron Christie (Amy Schultz), Chris (Tanya) Bredesen, Nathan Bredesen (Racheal Rasmussen), Katie (Jared) Steiger, LeAnn Bredesen (Aaron Tebay), Bryan (Andrea) Bredesen, David Bredesen (Hannah LeBarron), Shaleen (Konrad) Waugh, Tiffany, Rabecca, Janae and Allen Bredesen, Candace Lacey (Shayne Thompson) and Nicole Seehusen; 14 great-grandchildren, Nadine, Garrett, Olivia, Parker, Paisley, Alex, Paige, Macey, Matthew, Wyatt, Emily, Gabe, Jackson and Lillian; two brothers, Brother Bertrand Hanf of Milwaukee, Wis., and Tom Hanf of Bloomington; one sister, Rosie (Paul) Bowe of Greenwood, Ind., and three sisters-in-law, Lois Hanf of Golden Valley, Lorraine Hanf of White Bear Lake and Katie Hanf of Waseca.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dilman; four sisters, Theresa Nicklay, Betty Green, Helen Sapp and Mary Majerus; and five brothers, Raymond, Francis "Bud," Leo, Joe and William Hanf.
A mass of Christian burial for her was held on Saturday, Jan. 11, at St. Bernard's Catholic Church, with the Rev. John Wilmot officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery.
Funeral arrangements were made with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville.