Age 96, of St Paul, MN, died on October 10, 2016. Born on June 29, 1920, in Duluth, MN, to Ellen (Sandgren) and Karl (Charlie) Erickson, recent immigrants from Sweden, Dorothy became an avid reader and a self-taught musician with perfect pitch. As a teenager she accompanied her grandfather Karl Erick Sandgren (a carpenter and amateur violinist) on the piano at many a wedding at the local Svithiod Hall. Upon graduation from Duluth State Teachers' College (UMD) at the age of 20, Dorothy travelled to Trout Creek, Michigan, to teach high-school English. Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, while home in Duluth on Christmas break, she married Francis (Frank) S. DeMore (originally d'Amours) at Bethany Lutheran Church. After the war, Dorothy and Frank and daughter Sandra moved to Minneapolis, where daughter Michele was born, and then to Bloomington, where son Paul was born. As a charter member of Atonement Lutheran Church, Dorothy assumed the role of organist and choir director. Throughout her life, she volunteered in church and service activities, heading up Atonement's social ministry efforts and the hunger relief efforts of VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People). Elected to the church council, she also served as its president. In 1952, Dorothy began work at Northwestern National Life Insurance Company, retiring in 1982 as the supervisor of policyholder services. A lifelong Democrat, Dorothy volunteered for twenty years as an election official. An inveterate Scrabble player, she also enjoyed travel to Sweden, England, France, Greece, and Russia, as well as to all fifty states of the union. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband (Frank) and her brother Charles Robert (Bob). She is survived by her sister Doris Hastings (Palm Beach, FL), sister-in-law Sonia Erickson (Novato, CA), and children Sandra (Stephen) Batalden, Michele (Anthony Fleming) d'Amour, and Paul (Teri) DeMore. She leaves grandchildren Peder (Young Mee Choi) Batalden, Karl (Rebecca) Batalden, Phillip DeMore, and Anna DeMore, as well as great-grandchildren Elsa and Siri Batalden, and Madeline, Annabel, and Samuel Batalden. Heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the outstanding staff of Lyngblomsten Care Center, especially the Reverend Kelly Bergeson, social worker Mary Brownlow, and nurse Becky Maidl. Memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m., November 5, 2016, in the Lyngblomsten Chapel (1415 Almond Ave., St. Paul), coffee hour to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials are welcomed to Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota ( http://www.lssmn.org/give/ ).
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