Dorothy Mae Haak, age 90 of New Richmond, WI, died peacefully on Sunday afternoon, April 23, 2017 at Our House Assisted Living in New Richmond, two months after a bad fall. She was born the daughter of Lawrence and Theresa (Osher) Gedatus on January 8, 1927 in Glenwood City, WI. She grew up near Glenwood City and graduated from Glenwood City High School with the class of 1945. Dorothy Attended the now University of Wisconsin – River Falls for 1 year. She married Robert Claire Peterson in 1948. They had two sons, Larry and Robert. They owned and operated Bob’s Café from the late 1940’s to the early 1950’s. They later divorced, and Robert died in 1963. Dorothy later married Wallace L. Haak at The Little Brown Church in Iowa. Dorothy worked in other positions at restaurants and as a seamstress including sewing shoes at Connelly Shoe Factory in Stillwater, MN. She was a caregiver for her mother and others. She enjoyed fishing, dancing, and her flower gardens. Dorothy was known as a great cook and an excellent seamstress. She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was loving and kind, and respectful of others. She is preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Theresa Gedatus; husbands, Robert C. Peterson and Wallace L. Haak; son, Larry Peterson; and siblings, Lloyd (Evelyn) Gedatus, June (Budd) Kloeckner, Geraldine (Bud) Preuss, Vivian (Eldon) Ramberg, and Karen (Bruce) Konder. Dorothy is survived by son, Rob (Patty) Peterson; grandchildren, Robert (Sarah) Peterson, Melissa (Brandon) Gess, Mindy (Keith) Rumpza; great-grandchildren, Reece, Clay, Charlie, Ava, Lily, Ruby, Frankie, Etta, Oliver, and Henry; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. A Funeral Service was held at Faith Community Church (1040 Paperjack Dr.) in New Richmond at 11 am on Friday, April 28, 2017. Visitation was also Friday from 10-11 am at the church. Interment was in Willow River Cemetery in Hudson, WI. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.
I am so sorry for your loss. Though I didn’t know her long she touched my heart with her beautiful spirit. It was my honor and pkeasure to care for her.