Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 25, 2008
Dorothy A. Viker, 100
Dorothy Adele Viker, 100, died at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008.
She was born April 2, 1908 in Stockholm, S.D. to Iver and Anna (Olsen) Iversen. Her father’s work as manager of lumber companies made moving to Alexandria, West Concord, Kenyon and Hayfield necessary. Dorothy graduated from Hayfield High School in 1925, attended Macalester College for two years and then completed her work for a bachelor of science degree in education, and music and English at the University of Minnesota in 1929. She did graduate work at the University of Denver, MacPhail School and others. She taught music, English and speech in Sherburn, Flaxville, Mont., Excelsior, Little Falls and Austin. During that time she was a music supervisor for K-12, directed choirs, organized and directed a band and drum and bugle corps, plays and musical productions. On June 29, 1946 she was united in marriage to Melvin H. Viker. They enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and Canada and had many similar interests, including music. They lived in Little Falls, Richfield and Austin until Melvin’s death in 1982. Dorothy was involved in the communities in which she lived, including the Austin Floral Club, Symphony Study Group and Sons of Norway. A member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, she was active in choir, circle, WELCA, Bible study, book study, People Needing People, Needle Workers Guild, Caring Ministry and 50 Plus.
Survivors include a niece, Janet Harvey, Bloomington; two nephews: Carlton (Cynthia) Miller, Chippewa Falls, Wis. and Robert (Carole) Iversen, Edina; four grand-nieces: Michelle (Patrick) Barrett, Fridley, Jill Iversen, New Prague, Lynn (Scott) Anger, Jordan, and Vickie Iversen, Minneapolis; seven grandnephews: David (Gabriella) Miller, Middletown, Del., Andrew (Kelli) Miller, Omaha, Neb., Thomas (Jodi) Murphy, Jr., Nicollet, Victor (Elizabeth) Murphy, St. Paul, Colin and Daniel Murphy, both of Minneapolis, and David Harvey of Bloomington; seven great-grandnieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008 at 2 p.m. at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with the Reverend Ron Barnett officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Worlein Funeral Home in Austin is in charge of arrangements.