Dorothy Jean “Dolly” Michaelson, age 86, of Euclid, MN, passed away on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND, with her loving family by her side.
Dorothy Baatz was born on March 7, 1935, in Crookston, MN, the daughter of the late John and Edna (Kuhn) Baatz. She was raised in rural Crookston and was baptized and confirmed at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN. She graduated from Cathedral High School in 1953 and then went to teacher’s training college in East Grand Forks, MN. She taught country school for a few years before devoting herself fully to being a farmer’s wife and mother. Dolly married Marvin “Bud” Michaelson on July 24, 1956, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. They made their home in Euclid, MN, and became members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church for over 60 years where she was an active member of the Women’s Guild. She was also a member of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary for over 60 years and Town and Country Homemakers for many years. Dolly was also very proud to say she had visited nearly every state in the US and all the provinces in Canada. She went on many trips with her mother and sister. During the winter, Dolly and Bud enjoyed going to San Juan, Texas for many years.
Dolly’s passion was caring for and supporting her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. One of the many activities she enjoyed was playing cards with her family. She always looked forward to playing kings-in-the-corner with her grandsons. She enjoyed playing smear with her granddaughters almost as much as she enjoyed beating her son-in-law at smear. It was only appropriate that the last time she played smear with her son-in-law she beat him. But even if she lost, she greatly loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, and she will be dearly missed by her family.
Dolly is survived by her daughter, Carol (Karl) Berg of Fargo, ND; son, John (Heather) Michaelson of Euclid, MN; grandchildren, Amy (Max Dietrich) Berg of Philadelphia, PA, Jenna Berg of Edinburgh, Scotland, and Haden and Tyler Michaelson, both of Euclid, MN; sister, Rosemary Baatz of Woodbury, MN: brothers, Donald Baatz of Fergus Falls, MN, and Robert Baatz of Green Valley, MN; and sisters-in-law, Cecile Baatz and Janice Simmons, both of Crookston, MN; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 63 years, Marvin “Bud” Michaelson; parents, John and Edna Baatz; brothers, John, Jr., and Gerald Baatz; sisters-in-law, Sandy Baatz and Helen Michaelson; and brothers-in-law, Luvern Michaelson and Russel Simmons.
Mass of Christian Burial for Dolly will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Euclid, MN, with a time of visitation one hour before. Father Xavier Ilango will be celebrant. Inurnment will take place immediately after the service at Calvary Cemetery in Crookston, MN. Due to concerns from the ongoing pandemic a luncheon will not be held after the service.
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