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Dorothea Noren

Dorothea Noren

Dorothea Noren, 88, of Bemidji, MN, died Wednesday, August 21, 2013 in GoldPine Home, Bemidji.

Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church, Bemidji with Pastor Lou Ellen Hartley officiating. A Time of Sharing will be held from 5-7 p.m, Monday, August 26, 2013 at the Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home and family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Bemidji.

Dorothea Frances Reinarz was born June 26, 1925 to Harley and Louise (Siats) Reinarz in Mizpah, MN. She attended elementary school in Mizpah and graduated from Northome High School in 1945. After high school, she attended summer school at French’s Business College in Bemidji before moving to Minneapolis. She entered the Cadet Nurses Corp and earned her 3 year diploma nursing degree at Northwestern Hospital School of Nursing in 1947. She also took 5 weeks of classes in coronary care at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul. During a rotation of her nursing education, she met Charles “Bill” Noren. They were married on November 17, 1946 in St. Peter, MN and shared 67 years of marriage. Dorothea worked at Bixby Knolls Maternity Hospital in Long Beach, CA and St. Peter Community Hospital in St. Peter, MN before moving in 1951 to Bemidji where she began working in obstetrics at what was then Bemidji Lutheran Hospital. She worked until 1954 when she stayed home to raise her family. She returned to nursing at Bemidji Community Hospital in 1963. In 1972, she was appointed Head Nurse in Bemidji’s first Intensive Care Unit. Dorothea was instrumental in the development of that department until her retirement from nursing in 1987. While working, she was named Employee of the Month, Special Employee of the Year of 1977, was selected the Outstanding Employee in Bemidji in 1979 sponsored by the Bemidji Jaycees, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award in 1986 from the Minnesota Nurses Association, District 11. Dorothea’s love of family, church, country, and community were evident in the many activities and organizations participated in. The greatest gift she has given her family, friends, patients, church, and the community is her love and compassion, ability to listen and show that each and every life she touched was important to her.

Dorothea is survived by her husband, Charles, daughter, Mary (Harry) Settle, Bemidji, son, William (Cindy) Noren, Bemidji, daughter, Elizabeth “Noosie” (Ron) Christenson, Wrenshall and son, Robert Noren, Bemidji; 6 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and brother Frederick (Clarice) Reinarz, Greenville, SC.

She was predeceased by infant daughter, Peggy Rae, infant great-grandson, Brady Raatsi, parents, brother, Russell Reinarz and sister, Elizabeth Thompson.

Memorials are preferred to First Presbyterian Church of Bemidji and Sanford Bemidji Home Care and Hospice.

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