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Dorothy Jean Owens

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Date: Friday, November 10, 2017

Time: 10:00 to 11:00 A.M.

Location: Our Savior's Lutheran Church
Austin, Minnesota


Date: Friday, November 10, 2017

Time: 11:00 A.M.

Our Savior's Lutheran Church
Austin, Minnesota

Oakwood Cemetery
(At a later date)



Dorothy Jean Owens, age 90, of Austin, Minnesota, died Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Sacred Heart Care Center in Austin. Dorothy Jean Osmonson was born August 30, 1927 in Albert Lea, Minnesota to Valda and Rufus Osmonson. She was the eldest of eleven children. Dorothy graduated from Austin High School in 1945. On June 12, 1948 she married Wandell Marvin Owens at Oakland Lutheran Church. Dorothy worked in banking as a bookkeeper and teller at Austin State Bank and later as an operations manager at Norwest Bank (now Wells Fargo). She enjoyed traveling with her family and friends throughout the United States, vacationing in Northern Minnesota, boating at Lake Pepin, gardening, bird watching, having coffee with friends, volunteering, collecting antiques, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren in the outdoors. Dorothy was active in many organizations throughout her life. She was an officer of the group, Business and Professional Women, and served for many years as a board member of the Austin Audubon Society. Additionally, she was a member of the Mower County Horticultural Society, the Hospital Auxiliary, various church organizations, and Friends of the J.C. Hormel Nature Center. For over fifty years she met monthly with her friends in her sewing club. In retirement Dorothy kept busy by volunteering for Meals on Wheels and the Izaak Walton League, assisting with educational programs at the J.C. Hormel Nature Center, and devoting much time and energy working for environmental causes, including Austin Coalition for Environmental Sustainability. Dorothy will be remembered by her friends and family for her quick wit, intelligence, generosity, and fearlessness.

She was preceded in death by her parents Valda and Rufus, her husband Wandell in June 2001, her brothers Donald, Duane, and Lowell, and two siblings in infancy. She is survived by her children, Mark (Barbara) Owens of Austin, Minnesota and Linda Sue (John) Rosema of Grand Haven, Michigan; her brother James (Margaret Kirchener) Osmonson of Moscow, Minnesota; her brother Dugar (Helen Matyas) Osmonson of Austin, Minnesota; her brother Errol “Ozzie” Osmonson of Zapata, Texas; her brother Craig Osmonson of Albert Lea, Minnesota; her sister Marilyn (David) Wead of Mt. Eagle, Tennessee; her grandchildren Jennifer Piscarcyzk, Molly Dixon, Jamie Patrick, and Eric Owens; her great-grandchildren Megan, Sarah, Caitlin, Riley, Joshua, Nicholas, Annika, Alex, Emily, and Noah.

Memorial services will be held at 11am, November 10, 2017 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin, Minnesota with Rev. Karen Behling presiding. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. She will be interned at the Oakwood Cemetery columbarium in Austin, Minnesota. Donations in her honor can be sent to Friends of the Hormel Nature Center, the Izaak Walton League, or an organization of the donor’s choice. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.


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