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Dorothy Harriet Osten

September 10, 1927 — April 10, 2021

Dorothy H. Osten, 93, Detroit Lakes, MN, died Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Diamond Willow in Detroit Lakes.  Funeral Services will be 2:00 PM Wednesday, April 14 at Bakke Lutheran Church in rural Detroit Lakes, Pastor Kim Schnitzer, officiating.  Interment will be in Bakke Lutheran Cemetery.

Friends may call at the church 1 hour prior to the service on Wednesday. 

Dorothy Harriet Osten was born September 10, 1927 in Detroit Lakes, MN to William and Esther (Larson) Carlson the 7th of 10 children.  She was raised in rural Rochert, MN and is a 1945 graduate of Detroit Lakes High School.  Following graduation, she attended Moorhead State Teachers College in Moorhead.  She was united in marriage to Elmer Osten on November 15, 1952 in Rochert, MN.                                                                                                  They made their home north of Detroit Lakes.  During her working life, Dorothy worked at the Gopher Grill Restaurant in Detroit Lakes.  She was active in Bakke Lutheran Church, did volunteer work at St. Mary’s Nursing Home, cooked for the threshing and corn crews and loved going on picnics at the lake and making chokecherry jam.  Elmer died in 1996.

Survivors include 3 sons: Owen of Detroit Lakes, Ronald (Norma) of Fargo, Mark of Detroit Lakes, and a daughter: Donna Osten of Detroit Lakes, 4 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren.  In addition to her husband, Elmer, she was preceded in death by 2 sons, Norris, and Randy, 9 brothers and sisters.  West-Kjos Funeral Home is serving the family.

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