|Birth: ||Apr. 2, 1913|
|Death: ||Feb. 8, 2007|
Dorothy Addington, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died February 8, 2007, in Edina, Minnesota, at the age of 93.
Dorothy Evelyn Lufi was born April 2, 1913 in Bush Valley, Minnesota, the only child of Christian and Clara (Senn) Lufi. Dorothy attended a one-room country school in Bush Valley through the sixth grade and graduated from high school in Houston, Minnesota when she was 16. Subsequently, Dorothy attended Winona State Teachers College.
In 1930, Dorothy married Milton C. Addington of Winona, Minnesota, where Milton worked for the telephone company. In 1931 their first child, Charlotte, was born. In 1936 twin sons, Laurence and Leonard, were born. In 1940, Milton was transferred to Austin, where the family made their home.
In 1957, Dorothy and Milton purchased the Casedy Value Store and renamed the business "Dorothy's Fabrics." Dorothy sold the business in 1978 and retired.
During her years as a business woman, Dorothy was active in the Austin community. She was a member of Zonta, for which she chaired several committees, served as a board member and as Vice President, and for over thirty years was the leading force behind Zonta's sponsorship of many successful style shows. She also served on the Community Services Advisory Board, was a member of the Downtown Retail Association and of SCORE, and received the 4-H award for her activities with 4-H girls.
In Austin, Dorothy and Milton were members of the First Baptist Church until the 1960's, when they became members of Grace Baptist Church. At Grace Baptist, Dorothy served as Missionary treasurer and also served for many years in the church library. Dorothy's faith sustained her throughout her life.
In March 1999, Dorothy moved from Austin to WestRidge Community Center in Minnetonka to be nearer to her son, Leonard, and his family. In 2005 Dorothy moved to Beacon Hill, an assisted living facility in Minnetonka. In 2006, Dorothy moved to Edina Care Center in Edina.
Dorothy was an expert seamstress, who enjoyed making fashionable clothes for her daughter and granddaughters. She traveled frequently in conjunction with her fabric store and with Zonta, and annually visited her daughter and her family in California and her son in New York City. After she sold her store, she traveled extensively with her children and others to Switzerland, where she had relatives, and to England, Germany, Austria, Italy, Newfoundland, Egypt and Israel. Dorothy had a wide circle of friends in Austin, including neighbors she met in the 1940's, business associates, and her dear friends from Grace Baptist Church.
She is survived by her children: Charlotte and Laurence, of Sonoma, California; and Leonard and his wife, Mary, of Plymouth, Minnesota; by seven grandchildren: Catherine Ryan, Kevin Ryan (Polly), Christopher Ryan (Victoria), Kelly Ryan and Kimberly Ryan Zottolo (Frank) of San Diego, California, David Addington (Kristin) of San Francisco, California, and John Addington of Plymouth; six great-grandchildren in San Diego, and by her sister-in-law, Joan Addington, of Tecumseh, Kansas.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her father in 1950, by her mother in 1973, and her husband, Milton, in 1970.
Dorothy's ashes were interred in the Mound Prairie Cemetery, Mound Prairie, Minnesota, alongside her parents and her husband. A family memorial service will be held in Sonoma later this year.
Christian Lufi (1882 - 1950)
Clara Esther Senn Lufi (1889 - 1973)
Milton C. Addington (____ - 1970)
Mound Prairie Cemetery
Created by: Janet Huseby Stephenson
Record added: Jan 23, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 123987381