Doris H. Akkerman, 93, Austin

Published 3:47 pm Saturday, December 29, 2012

Doris H. Akkerman, 93, of Austin, Minn., died Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at Comforcare Good Samaritan Center in Austin.

Doris H. Akkerman

Doris Helen Seavey was born Nov. 23, 1919, in Westfield Township, Dodge County, Minn., to Arthur W. and Helen (Josephson) Seavey. She attended school in Austin and graduated from Austin High School. On June 22, 1941, Doris was united in marriage to Edward Akkerman at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waltham, Minn. Two children were born to them. As a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Austin for 55 years, Doris belonged to Ladies Aid and the Altar Guild. She was a key 4-H leader for 10 years. Doris worked very hard on the farm over the years, and enjoyed gardening, canning, cooking and baking. She was an expert pie maker and was noted for her applesauce ‘funeral’ cake. In 1985, the couple moved into Austin. Her husband Edward passed away on Feb. 24, 2003. Doris moved to Sacred Heart Assisted Living in 2009, and then recently to Comforcare.

Survivors include her daughter Helen Drews of Ogallala, Neb., her son, John Akkerman of Austin; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; her sister, Harriet Hill of Circle Pines. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Helen Seavey; her husband Edward; two grandsons; one son-in-law; two brothers; two sisters; two sisters-in-law; one brother-in-law; nieces and nephews.

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Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Austin with the Rev. Brian Krueger officiating. Interment will follow at Lansing Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. The family prefers that memorials be directed to Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Services prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at