Dorothy Slette, 95, Albert Lea

Published 7:35 am Sunday, January 1, 2012

Funeral Services for Dorothy Eleanor (Winjum) Slette, of Albert Lea, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at the First Lutheran Church, Albert Lea. The Rev. John Holt will officiate. Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour before services at the church. Bonnerup Funeral Service is assisting the family with arrangements.

Dorothy Slette

Dorothy passed on peacefully in the powerful presence of her loving Savior in her home Thursday evening.

Dorothy E. Slette was born March 26, 1916, the second child of Charles and Rhoda (Halvorson) Winjum, and baptized Dorothy Eleanor Winjum at First Lutheran Church of Albert Lea. Her early years of childhood in Eagle Bend and then in Albert Lea were source of fond memories. She and her siblings grew up on a farm near Hammer Country School, where she went to school. She attended First Lutheran Church Sunday School. She was confirmed in 1930 at First Lutheran. She graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1934. Following her dreams, she attended Brady & Rogers Beauty School in Minneapolis. Her work lasted for 10 years in an uptown hair salon. She was figure skating in Loring Park with her cousin when she met her soulmate, World War II Sgt. Curtis K Slette. While he was home on furlough, the sacrament of their marriage was blessed by the Rev. Melford Knutson on Sept. 9, 1942, at the First Lutheran Church Parish House.

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As a third generation, lifetime member of First Lutheran Church, she was a greeter, secretary to the Primary Sunday School Department and active in the Mission Circle No. 20 and FLCW.

Throughout her life in Albert Lea she enjoyed various community associations such as: Brownie and Girls Scout leader, Home Extension and the Freemond Madson Auxiliary to Post No. 447 VFW. Dorothy also worked in the service of Loaves and Fishes at St. Theodore’s Catholic Church.

She fully loved her faithful God and devoted family and served others with a happy heart to His glory.

She was employed from 1972 to 1985 at St. John’s Lutheran Home as a hostess in the dining room, with kitchen staff. With dedication, after retirement she remained as a St. John’s volunteer until her 82nd birthday.

Dorothy Slette is survived by daughters: Pamela Slette of Albert Lea and Sandy (Chipper) Parr; granddaughters: Suzanne [Martin] Morris and Kari (Scott) Stevens, grandson, Jesse Curtis Parr; great-grandsons: Osian, Landon and Urijah; and great-granddaughter, Kaia, of Juneau, Alaska; sisters-in-law: LaRayne Slette and Nellie Rasmussen of Albert Lea; nieces: Carolyn “Kelly” (John) Schultz of Albert Lea, Joanne (Earl) Jensen of Apple Valley, Judy (Bob) Brown of Belle Plaine and Barbara Henderson of Burnsville; nephews: Bill (Sue) Whiteaker of Fairfax, S.C., Edward L Dusek of Boston, Mass., Alan Rasmussen of Quebec, Canada, and Charles (Cindi) Slette of Bloomington; and many great-nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death was her beloved husband, Curtis Slette; her beloved parents: Rhoda and Charles N. Winjum; and beloved sisters: Mildred Dusek and Lila Whiteaker; in-laws: Cora and Corneal Slette; sister-in-law, Lorraine Porter; brothers-in-law: Eddie Dusek, Frank Whiteaker, Lloyd Slette, Norman Slette and Everett Rasmussen.

“May the good and gracious Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with and bless you forever.”