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Dorothy "Dottie" Mydland

March 17, 1923 January 20, 2019
Dorothy  "Dottie" Mydland
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ROSLYN – Dorothy “Dottie” Mydland 95 of Roslyn passed away Sunday January 20, 2019 at Strand Kjorsvig Living Center in Roslyn.

Her funeral will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday January 26, 2019 at the Roslyn Community Christian Church in Roslyn. Burial will be in the Roslyn Lutheran Cemetery.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.

Dorothy Onalee Nelson along with her twin brother Donald, was born in Warroad, Minnesota on March 17, 1923 to Louis and Hanna (Aadland) Nelson. When the twins were just a few months old the family packed up and moved to Seattle, Washington.

The Nelson family lived in Seattle all of Dottie’s growing years and she graduated in 1941 from Ballard High School. She attended Burroughs Business School and went to work at Boeing Aircraft Factory for a short time and then worked at the Naval Air Station.

Dottie and 3 friends were quite adventurous and decided to move to New York City. They took the train across the country and stopped briefly in South Dakota to visit relatives. It was during this visit that she met Irvin Mydland, the man that, all her life she described as not only so handsome, but the nicest person she had ever met. She enjoyed her time in NYC, working at Revlon, seeing the sights, and attending Broadway plays. But, after several months, she was getting homesick and decided to head back home and wanted to stop in South Dakota again to see if that handsome man just might be the one!

The couple were married at the University Lutheran Church in Seattle on May 6, 1946 and moved to Roslyn. Dottie enjoyed her new hometown and working together with Irvin in raising their three children. When their youngest started school, Dottie went to work at the Strand-Kjorsvig Rest Home and was employed there for the next 26 years. She was also active in the Roslyn Lutheran Church, Roslyn School organizations, the American Legion Auxiliary, the Senior Citizen activities as well as being the Roslyn News correspondent for the Reporter and Farmer in Webster and the Watertown Public Opinion for over 50 years.

She will be forever loved and greatly missed by her children, Diane (Dennis) Healy of Lake City, Steve of Sioux Falls, and Bonnie (Duane) Snaza of Delano, MN. Grandchildren, Jennifer (Corey) Keintz of Eden, Jonathon (Amber) Healy of Brookings, Jack Healy of Asheville, NC, Brett (Karen) Snaza of Long Lake, MN, Cameron (Kari) Snaza of Minnetrista, MN and Angela Snaza (fiancé Joe Zangel) of Minneapolis. Dottie’s great grandchildren are Trevor and Carter Healy of Brookings, Kate and Drew Snaza of Long Lake, MN and Amelia Keintz of Eden. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Lola Mydland along with many nieces and nephews.

Dottie was preceded in death by her husband Irvin in 2006, an infant daughter Kathryn, her parents and her siblings Arvid, Ardis, Blanche, Donald, Lynn and Jack.


Additional note: Dottie’s family is so grateful to the staff of the Strand-Kjorsvig Living Center for the wonderful care she received during the last 6 years of her life. She loved everyone there and always bragged about how they spoiled her! The family requests that memorials be directed to the Strand-Kjorsvig Living Center in Roslyn.


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