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Dorothy Margaret Vaske
(August 28, 1920 - September 14, 2011)

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Dorothy Margaret Vaske

Dorothy Margaret Vaske, 91, of Elko New Market, MN, formerly of Bancroft, IA, passed away September 14, 2011, at the home of her granddaughter, Denise Wagner, with whom she has lived the past 12 years. Visitation will be on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 9 AM at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Elko New Market, MN. Mass of Christian Burial will immediately follow the visitation at the church. Burial will also take place on Saturday, September 17, at St. John’s Cemetery in Bancroft where Dorothy will be laid to rest beside her husband, Leander Vaske. Graveside services will be held at 2:30. White Funeral Home of Lakeville, MN, is in charge of arrangements. Dorothy was born on February 28, 1920 to Patrick and Margaret Hynes in Pomeroy, IA. She was the fifth of eight children. She grew up in Pomeroy and Mallard, IA. During her senior year of high school, she moved with her family to Bancroft. She graduated May 2, 1938, from St. John’s Catholic High School in Bancroft. On October 20, 1941, Dorothy married Leander John Vaske at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Bancroft. They were proud parents of five children: Pat (Mary) Vaske of Chaska, MN; Joann Vaske of Ankeny, IA; Jane (Ted) Hansen of Prior Lake, MN; Mary Inglett of Lakeville, MN; and Sue (Dave) Wollner of Baltimore, MD. Dorothy is survived by her children, their spouses, eight grandchildren: Paula (Rich) Colestock, Denise Wagner, Cheryl Vaske, Brita Hansen (Eric Hazen), Bligh (Dan) Kwiatkowski, Ryan (Lisa) Vaske, Tim Inglett, and Erik Hansen, and six great grandchildren: Jason Colestock; Katie, Matthew, and Sarah Vaske; Payton Wagner, and Brennan Kwiatkowski. Dorothy is also survived by one sister, Mary Hutchinson of Hayfield, MN. Dorothy was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Leander, on December 31, 1988; her parents; and four brothers and two sisters. Dorothy will be remembered for her deep faith and prayer; her love of and selfless devotion to her family; her wisdom, wit, and sense of humor; a life-time of work (on the farm and at the Bancroft Senior Center); her untiring service to her community; her amazing strength and resilience; being a role model for her family for a “can-do” attitude; her terrific cooking/baking; wonderful traditions that she created and handed down to the family, and her competitive spirit in all kinds of games, including bridge, pinochle, cribbage, Scrabble, and Yahtzee. She enjoyed spending time with family; theater, especially musicals; travel, and doing word search puzzles. In her younger days, she loved to dance. She was an inspiration to all who met her and will be deeply missed. White Funeral Home Lakeville 952-469-2723 www.whitefuneralhomes.com

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