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May 12th 1931 – Thursday, September 20, 2018

Service Information
Prairie Community Church, UCC Lester Prairie, MN
September 25, 2018
10:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
Prairie Community Church, UCC Lester Prairie, MN
September 24, 2018
4:00 – 7:00 P.M.

Dorothy D. (Ristow) Wuetherich, age 87 passed away on September 20, 2018 at her home in Lester Prairie, MN. She was born on May 12, 1931 in Saint Paul, MN the daughter of Ruth Ristow.

Dorothy’s mother passed away when she was three years old. She was raised by her grandparents Max and Augusta Ristow.

Dorothy was confirmed March 25, 1945 at the Evangelical Church of Lester Prairie. She attended the local country school outside of Lester Prairie through the 8th grade.

Dorothy Ristow and Fred Wuetherich were joined in holy marriage on December 17, 1949 at the Evangelical United Church of Christ in Lester Prairie. Their marriage was blessed with the birth of four children. Dorothy and Fred celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in December 1999.

Dorothy spent 46 years on the farm in Lester Prairie. In 2006 she moved to a town home within the city limits of Lester Prairie. Dorothy was a fixture at the local grocery store. Each time the store changed ownership, Dorothy stayed on. She worked at the store around 40 years. Dorothy was selected as honorary senior citizen for Prairie Days in 2017. Her first time riding in a parade.

She enjoyed antiquing, flowers and feeding the birds in her back yard. She was quite a collector of swans, pitchers, bird figurines and whatever else struck her fancy. She also collected friends. She was a friend to people of all ages, always giving words of wisdom.

Dorothy was a faithful member of the Prairie Community Church, UCC in Lester Prairie, MN.

Survived by her children: Debra Kirby of Eden Prairie, Kerry (Debbie) Wuetherich of Gaylord; daughter-in-law: Holly Wuetherich of Paradise, Utah, grandchildren: Charity (Justin) Horstman, Chelsey (special friend, Brad), and Sherry Wuetherich; Abby (Ryan) Forbes, Colton and Isabel Wuetherich; Taylor (Kyle) Cliche and Morgan Wuetherich; great-grandchildren: Mason, Gage, Mara, Brett, Oakley, Avery, Everly and Hudson; many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by her mother: Ruth Ristow; her husband: Fred Wuetherich; sons: Guy Wuetherich and Brian Wuetherich; granddaughter: Charlene Wuetherich; grandparents: Max and Augusta Ristow; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Harold & Gladys Wuetherich; Alvina & Helmuth Fenske; Melvin & Dorothy Kroells; Fritz & Stella Templin and Marvin & Lydia Kruschke.

Visitation will be held on Monday, September 24, 2018 from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the Church.

A Funeral service for Dorothy Wuetherich will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at Prairie Community Church, UCC in Lester Prairie. Pastor Al Fiene will officiate. Interment to follow at the Lester Prairie City Cemetery.

Casket Bearers will be Steve Ostlie, Rich Patzoldt, Julie Heinen, Allen Stender, Calvin Dolezal, and Peggy Wick

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.

Online condolences can be directed to

4 Guestbook Entries

  1. Ronald Rolf

    Wuetherich Family; I am sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was a great friend to my Mom (Lucy Rolf) and I know my Ma will miss her terribly, as will so many other people around LP. It’s sad she had to go but what a joyous reunion she must be having with her other family members that passed on before she did. May God grant you all comfort during this difficult time. Ron & Pam Rolf, Waco, TX.

  2. Cindy Smith

    Dear Wuetherich Family; My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. My parents Ray and Eunice Wosmek were dear friends of your parents. Besides working together at harvest, they enjoyed each others company. I had the opportunity to bring my mother to visit Dorothy while she was recovering from her fall this summer. She will be missed. Cindy Smith

  3. Pat (Strunic) Martin

    So sorry for your family’s loss. I have fond memories of working at the grocery store with Dorothy. Always graceful, always interested in what was going on in my life, always giving me a little advice when I asked for it. She had a smile that made you feel good inside. A very caring person.

  4. Pamela Warren

    So sorry for your loss. I have so many fond memories visiting on the farm and her wonderful smile and laugh!!! You will be in my thoughts and prayers.


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