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Dorothy Ann Monson, 77, of Fargo, ND (formerly Breckenridge, MN), passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 16, 2018, at Bethany Nursing Home, Fargo. Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday, December 21, 2018, at Joseph Vertin and Sons Funeral Home, Breckenridge. Burial will immediately follow the visitation at Fairview Memorial Gardens in Wahpeton. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 22, 2018, at Changing Lives Tabernacle, 202 4th Ave E, West Fargo, ND 58078. Arrangements have been entrusted to Joseph Vertin and Sons Funeral Home, Breckenridge.
Dorothy was born in Fargo, ND, on April 30, 1941, the daughter to Franklin and Vearla (Hitchcock) Peterson. She grew up and attended school in Fargo. On May 10, 1959, Dorothy was united in marriage to Dennis Monson and they made their home north of Litchville, ND, where they farmed. Dorothy and Dennis lived in several areas in the region before settling back in Fargo. She enjoyed many different jobs throughout the years including time spent as a licensed practical nurse and owner/operator of a motel. Dorothy held her job and title as one of the first certified, female welders at Steiger Tractor in Fargo as one of her most esteemed achievements.
Dorothy had a firm and devout faith in God and she and her husband were pillars in the Fargo and Wahpeton Pentecostal Church. They diligently sought a better life through devotion to God. She also enjoyed spending her time putting together crafts, baking, and reading books by Christian authors. Dorothy also had a knack for puzzle books, word searches, and playing bingo. Her joy was found in spending time with her family and friends. Caring and selfless in all that she did, Dorothy was known for handling any leadership role and being generous with her time and services.
Dorothy is survived by her husband, Dennis Monson; children, Terry (Linda) Monson of Fargo, ND, Tammie (Larry) Schaffer of Fargo, ND, Sandra (Roger) Anderson of Fargo, ND, Raynold (Lori) Monson of Fargo, ND, Gail Paschke of Fargo, ND, Becky (Dan) Wold of Wahpeton, ND, Shawn (Diana) Monson of Mesa, AZ; 22 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; siblings, Beverly (Gayle) Cochrain, Donald (Debbie) Peterson, Connie Hamilton, Karen (Mike) Doyle; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Vearla Peterson; sister, Frances Green; and brother and his wife, Kenneth and Darlene Peterson.