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Dorothy Bajenske

Jan. 15, 1930-March 17, 2009

Dorothy L. Bajenske, 79, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at St. Mary's Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes.

Dorothy was born to Anton and Frances (Patyk) Bajenske on Jan 15, 1930. For most of her life, Dorothy lived on the family dairy farm outside Menahga, where she helped to milk cows and perform household chores.

Dorothy loved nature, taking long walks in the woods, spending time with her cats, and hobbies such as latch hooks and jigsaw puzzles. She also enjoyed the family outings of fishing and blueberry picking. Dorothy was known for having a green thumb and tended her plants throughout her life.

In her later years, Dorothy resided in a Mahnomen group home, and worked through the DAC at jobs such as maintenance at the Shooting Star Casino's bingo hall. During the past year, Dorothy lived in a Detroit Lakes group home. She enjoyed both group homes' outings to shopping, restaurants, and community activities, along with caring for the household plants and fish.

Dorothy was always in good spirits, pleasant, and kind. The family extends a thank you to the group homes and to her guardian, John Hite of Detroit Lakes, for their special care in Dorothy's later years.

Surviving Dorothy are her sister, Mary Ann Johnson of Port Charlotte, Fla., as well as many nieces and nephews.

Preceding Dorothy in death were her parents, Anton and Frances Bajenske; brothers Marcel, Duane and Anton Bajenske; and sister Dolores Ylitalo.

Funeral service are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, March 27 at the Cardini-Pearson Funeral Home in Menahga. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the start of services.

A separate Memorial Service will be held on June 20, 2009 at the Cardini-Pearson Funeral Home in Menahga, which is providing arrangements for the family.