Dorothy M. Lair, 1915-2014

Published 9:00 am Sunday, November 30, 2014

Funeral services for Dorothy M. Lair of Burnsville will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Theodore Catholic Church. The Rev. Timothy Reker and Deacon Mike Ellis will officiate. Interment will be

Dorothy Lair

Dorothy Lair

in St. Theodore Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Online condolences are welcome at

On Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, Dorothy Mary (Sullivan) Lair, 99, left this world peacefully, while surrounded by songs, prayers and the love of her family.

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As a woman of strong faith, her greatest joys in life were her beloved husband, Francis, her four children, nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She blessed them all with her love, prayer-filled life, compassion and empathy for others and a love of music. These gifts will live on as her legacy.

Throughout her life Dorothy was known for her kindness, her sweet disposition, and deep concern for her family and friends. Her family takes heart in knowing that Dorothy has joined her Savior and loved ones in heaven.

Survivors include her husband of 65 1/2 years, Francis Lair; her children Kathy (Bob) Zakoski of Carlsbad, Calif., Mary Beth (Greg) Senske of Burnsville, Jeanne Freer of DeForest, Wis. and Patrick (Mary) Lair of Bloomington; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers Bud (Ann) Sullivan of Cleveland, Ohio, and Paul (Dottie) Sullivan of Seattle, Wash.; sisters-in-law Marianne Sullivan of Sarasota, Fla., and Harriet Sullivan of Lanesboro; and many nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents James and Ella Sullivan, her sister, Rosie Ellis, and brothers Norbert, Joe and John Sullivan who all now dance and sing with her in heaven.

Memorials are suggested to St. Croix Hospice or Presbyterian Homes of Bloomington.