Dorothy J. Matz

DOROTHY JEANETTE MATZ, our dear mom, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Traditions II in Owatonna.  Although we offer this news with great sadness, we are glad to say that she ended her 97 blessed years on this earth surrounded by her loving family.

Born on July 20, 1918 in New Richland, Dorothy was the daughter of Hans and Bettie (Garrard) Hanson.  She attended school in New Richland before marrying Theodore William Matz in Waseca on September 15, 1945.  They later divorced.  Throughout her life she worked at the E.F. Johnson Company in Waseca and then as a bakery assistant to Don Preuss at the Preuss Bakery.  She was a long-time member of First Congregational Church in Waseca where she was active with the Ladies’ Friendly and as a Sunday school teacher.  She enjoyed reading, dancing, playing cards and bingo, and she also enjoyed various forms of needlework, making gifts for friends and family.  She was an avid Minnesota Twins fan and she made the best deviled eggs you’ve ever had.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Carolyn “CJ” Dungan of Fairfax, VA, Paul Matz and his wife Debbie Mellstrom of Minneapolis, Sheila Kaiser of Waseca, Greg Matz of New Richland, Judy (Ted) Folstad of Eden Prairie, and Bradley Matz of Phoenix, AZ; her grandchildren, Jon (Ann) Kaiser, Eric (Jamie) Kaiser, Stacy (Josh) Finck, Penny Kaiser and her significant other Matt Freeze, Travis Bartz, Adam Matz, Chris (Jessica) Matz, Nathan Matz, Josh Matz, and Jason Folstad; and seven great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by both of her parents; five siblings, Edna Lindquist, Mabel Berry, Alice Alland, twin brother Donald Hanson, and Betty Lou Junkers; two sons-in-law, Mike Dungan and David Kaiser; and two grandsons, Christopher Bartz and Brian Kaiser.

Dorothy’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the incredible staff at Traditions II and Heartland Hospice for their compassionate love and care.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at the First Congregational Church in Waseca, with Rev. Jan Crissinger-Clark officiating.  Visitation will be held for one hour before the service at the church.  Interment will follow at Woodville Cemetery in Waseca.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are preferred and will be disbursed by the Matz family to several worthy recipients in memory of Dorothy. 


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