Dorothy E. Todalen, 86

Published 5:22 pm Saturday, January 7, 2012

Dorothy Todalen

Dorothy Eileen Todalen, 86, of Austin, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin.

Dorothy was born Jan. 30, 1925, in Austin, to Ernest A. and Vesta L. (Clayton) Haskin. She grew up and attended school in Austin.

On Oct. 3, 1943, she was married to Harvey Richard Todalen. The couple raised six children. Dorothy was employed at the Rope Factory in Hollandale during World War II. Her other jobs included positions at Hormel Foods, LCL Transit in Austin, as a housekeeper, and most important, a housewife and mother.

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She was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, where she was involved in the Church Circle. She was also a member of garden clubs, card and game clubs, as well as a Red Cross Auxiliary volunteer and Girl Scout leader. Her special interests were being with her family and traveling the world with her husband and family. She also enjoyed gardening, bird watching, painting, sewing and needle crafts, fishing, cooking, baking wedding cakes, doing crafts, camping, enjoying the outdoors and square dancing. She will be remembered for being a wonderful wife and mother to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She showed unconditional love and care for her family and friends.

Survivors include her husband: Harvey Todalen, Austin; daughters: Barbara Scott (Wes Siegersma), Pine Island, Paulette (Dave) Hagen, Austin, Gayle (Rick) Miller, Blooming Prairie, Melissa (Chris) Gramling, Brandon, Fla.: sons: Allen (Dee Dee) Todalen, Spokane, Wash., Roger (Jacqueline) Todalen, Austin; ten grandchildren: Bridgette (Scott) Rydman, Las Vegas, Nev., Gina (Dave) Charbonneau and Dawn Todalen, all of Spokane, Wash., Anthony (Shari) Huinker, Owatonna, Jeff (Jennifer) Huinker, Brooklyn Park, Sara (Jason) Minske, Lakeville, Jennifer (Travvis) Stayton, Austin, Alissa (Matthew) Penkava, Hollandale, Kelly Ann Todalen and Corey Todalen, both of Austin; five great-grandchildren: Ashley Rydman, Taylor Charbonneau, Grant Huinker, Savanah Stayton, Lauren Stayton, and ‘grand pup’ Ziggy Gramling; sister, Velma Bonnerup; brothers, Lloyd Haskin, James (Jean) Haskin, E. Cecil (Rosie) Haskin, Harold (Sharon) Haskin; sisters-in-law, Sharron Haskin, Marion Lickteig, and Loretta Varpness; brothers-in-law, Donald Starry and John Todalen; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Vesta Haskin; parents-in-law, Halvor and Ruth Todalen; granddaughter, Brenda Kay Scott; great-granddaughter, Olivia Ruby Stayton; brother Kenneth Haskin; sisters Beverlee Starry, Eleanor Lickteig, and Arlis Snyder; brothers-in-law Fred Lickteig, Ronald Snyder, Donald Bonnerup, and Edmund Varpness; sister-in-law, Jeanne Haskin; nephew, Ron Snyder.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin with Pastor Ron Barnett officiating. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, at the Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at