Dorothy Barsness, Fosston, MN, formerly Oklee, MN, passed away on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at the Essentia Living Center in Fosston.

Funeral service will be Saturday September 15th at 2p.m. at Johnson Funeral Service in Oklee, MN with Reverend Dawn Hanson Officiating.   Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery, Thief River Falls, MN.

Visitation will be held on Friday, 5 – 8 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service at Johnson Funeral Service in Oklee and also one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Dorothy Ellen Burdette was born May 9, 1934 at Osceola, WI, the daughter of Charles and Doris (Hale) Burdette.  She was baptized and confirmed at Stockholm, WI.  She attended Pleasant Valley Grade School.

On April 10, 1954, Dorothy was united in marriage to Allen Barsness in Wisconsin.  The couple moved to Oklee, MN in the fall of 1955.

Dorothy was a homemaker, helped on the farm, and also worked at a Mrs. Olson Lefse plant from 1990-2004. She had an incredible work ethic and a mischievous sense of humor.

She enjoyed wood-crafting of lawn ornaments, Sunday night dances in Trail, and gardening with a special fondness for her raspberries. She loved her dogs Blackie and Sport and her cat Tessie.

Survived by her husband of 64 years Allen Barsness of Fosston. MN; children: Keith Barsness (Lisa Drake of West Tawakoni, TX) of Grygla, MN, Dwelton Barsness of Thief River Falls, MN and Lila Coulter (Ken Thomas) of Gonvick, MN; grandchildren: Michael Barsness of Fort Hood, TX, Joseph Barsness of Thief River Falls, MN, Celeste Coulter (Dieter Hermann) of Ettrick, WI, Candace Coulter of Gonvick, MN, and Colette (Billy) Neely of Prague. OK; great grandchildren: Taylor Coulter, Nicholas Hermann, Carlie Coulter, Augustus Coulter, Calen Neely, Ciera Neely, Holden Neely and Hazel Neely; brother and sisters: Danny (Barbara) Carlstrom of River Falls, WI, Charlotte Schivley of Cochran, WI and Ruthy Linehan of Minneapolis, MN along with several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by parents, grandparents and brother-in-law: Frank Schivley, son-in-law Larry Coulter and her niece, Renae Schivley.


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