Dorothy Helen Kaehler Mrachek (nee Peterson), died peacefully in her sleep at home on September 30, 2021 at the age of 94. Dorothy was born in Winona, MN on December 23, 1926, the third daughter of Helen and Ole Peterson. She was married to Jerome Kaehler on July 17, 1948 and moved to St. Paul. In 1949 they moved to Minneapolis, where they had eight children. Dorothy was widowed on July 1,1962 and subsequently moved back to Winona. There, she and her children moved into their new home in Goodview, MN. In 1965 she married Paul Mrachek, where they formed a blended family. Some of her fondest memories were formed camping, family gatherings, holidays and going to the state fair. Mom had a beautiful voice and carried her pitch even into her last days. She took special joy in being part of the church choir of St Mary's parish in Winona, MN and later St Edwards in Bloomington. Mom loved all crafts; especially crocheting, sewing and knitting. Mom took special pride in crocheting afghans for her children and grandchildren. She will always be remembered for her infectious laugh. Dorothy will be dearly missed by her sister, Sr. Ruth Peterson OSF; and children, Peter (Tracy), Cindy (Tom), Bud (Charlie), Cathy (Sam), Mick (Dorothy), Mary (Greg), Anne (Mike), Joe (Pam), and Jeanne (Joe). Preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Jerome and Paul; her sisters, Bernnes, Beth and Pat; her son, Jim; and grandchildren, Paul and Heather. She will be dearly missed by 36 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren. We would like to thank the staff who cared so lovingly for her, especially The Haven Memory Care unit of The Sanctuary of West St Paul and Hospice of the Midwest. A Mass celebrating Dorothy's life will be held at on October 11, 2021 at 11am at The Church of St. Thomas Becket, 4455 South Robert Trail, Eagan, MN, with a visitation starting at 9:30am, and Rosary starting at 10:45am. A private interment will be held at a later date.
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