Dorothea Lorson

Dorothea F Lorson (Lorson)

Sunday, June 26th, 1921 - Wednesday, May 27th, 2020
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Christian Burial for Dorothea F. Lorson, age 98, formerly of rural Hope, will be 10 a.m. Saturday, June 6, 2020, at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery south of Elmo with Father Peter O’Donnell as Celebrant. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held separately for immediate family.

Dorothea was born June 26, 1921, on the family farm south of Dillon and died Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at Via Christi Village in Wichita. She was a daughter of John O. and Wilhelmina S. “Minnie” (Hoffman) Lorson and lived on the family farm until moving to Wichita in 2011.

She attended Tennessee School and graduated from Hope High School in 1939. She then lived with her parents until their deaths, her dad in 1977 and her mother in 1990.

She was a member of St. Columba Catholic Church in Elmo and the Altar Society. She leaves a sister, Bernice Scanlan of Wichita, many nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Roberta Welch and Marlene Pryor; brother John “Gene” Lorson; and nephews Patrick Scanlan, Kenny Pryor and Donald Pryor.

Memorial contributions may be made in Dorothea’s memory to St. Columba Church or Catholic Charities of Salina, Inc. and may be sent in care of Carlson-Becker Funeral Home, P.O. Box 355, Hope, Kansas 67451.
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  • Service

    Saturday, June 6th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, June 6th, 2020 10:00am
    Mt. Calvary Cemetery - Elmo
    951 300 Avenue
    Elmo, KS
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    Father Peter O'Donnell
  • Interment

    Mt. Calvary Cemetery
    Rural Elmo
    Elmo, KS
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Bill Welch

Posted at 07:10pm
I'm Bill Welch eldest son of Dorothea's sister Roberta. Aunt Dot along with my Grandmother Minnie Lorson were my 'Summer Mothers' during 4 of my first 6 summers on Earth. We lived in the Kansas City area and my parents would take me to the Farm for the summer months beginning at age 3. Aunt Dot had a strong influence on my life. She modeled patience, persistence, faith, and an indulgent caring for family. She soothed me when I was disappointed that I couldn't go to work the fields with the men but she distracted me with the other chores required to make a farm run smoothly. She taught me how to tend to the farm animals in particular the chickens she loved so much, though we did occasionally have to choose one for dinner. I helped her tend to the vegetable garden - I can smell that black Kansas soil just thinking about it. She fended off charging roosters, wasps, snakes, etc to keep me safe and it was a special thrill for this young boy to drive out with her to the fields to deliver ice water to my Grandad and Uncle Gene on hot summer afternoons. She taught me the beautiful elegance of the simple things in life and most importantly taught me a devotion to God and family that compared to none. At the end of our phone calls she would always encourage me to say my prayers and take care of your family. One of a kind was Aunt Dot and I can't thank her enough for her kindness and love.

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