OBITUARY

Dorothy Lillian Kotalik

July 18, 1929February 14, 2021

Dorothy Lillian (Rick) Kotalik of Coon Rapids, MN, formerly of Grand Forks, ND, passed away on Sunday, February 14, 2021, at Arthur’s Senior Residence of Shoreview, MN. Dorothy was born on July 18, 1929 to Lillian Rose (Holecek) and Ignatius Thomas “Sonny” Rick in Brushvale, MN, the first of 11 children. She grew up on the family farm during the Great Depression, learning a work ethic that stayed with her throughout life. She met John Joseph Kotalik II at the Prom Ballroom in Minneapolis on Memorial Day, 1954. They were married on January 15, 1955 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Wahpeton, ND. From their lifelong union were born eight children.

Dorothy’s married life began in Sioux City, IA. She and John moved to Grand Forks in July, 1956, where they lived until the autumn of 1993. They moved to Coon Rapids in 1993 and made their home there until 2016, when they moved to Legacy of Saint Anthony assisted living. John passed away on November 12, 2016 and Dorothy remained at Legacy until she suffered a stroke and moved to Arthur’s in April, 2020. Dorothy helped raise her siblings, raised eight children of her own, and still had the energy to take in a foster child and provided room, board, and emotional support to 5 unwed mothers. She loved sewing, baking Houska and Kolaches, cooking for family and anyone else who was hungry, and volunteering her spare time to Scouts, 4H, and the Catholic Church. John and Dorothy enjoyed many friendships through the years and especially loved to walk a block from their home on Chestnut Street for dinner and dancing at the Elks Lodge. Dorothy always wanted to go to college and achieved her goal later in life. She attended the University of North Dakota and earned a B.A. in Social Work at the age of 60. Dorothy’s positive influence on the world can be found anywhere you look, from the kindness of her great-grandchildren to her contributions to the Holy Family Catholic Church cookbook. As a classmate wrote in her yearbook many years ago, “Dorothy needs no umbrellas because she walks in eternal sunshine.” Despite social distancing requirements, Dorothy celebrated her 91st birthday on July 18, 2020. Friends and family formed a parade to drive past her residence and greet her on her special day.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John, her sons David (Becky) Kotalik, Jerome “Jerry” Kotalik, her sister Arlene (Harris) Stockmoe, and her brothers Ignatius “Iggy” (Bertha) Rick, John (Ginny) Rick, Paul (Nona) Rick, Edward Rick, Michael Rick, Gerald (Betty) Rick, and Joseph Rick.

Dorothy is survived by children John (Judy Sinclaire) “Bud” Kotalik III, Kirkland, WA, Stephen (Nancy) Kotalik, Marion, IA, Kathleen (Dennis) Johnson, Watford City, ND, Elizabeth Kotalik, Santa Cruz, CA, Jeanne (Daniel) Kelsey, Roseville, MN, Charles (Terri) Kotalik, Coon Rapids, MN, daughter-in-law Becky Kotalik, Blaine, MN, sisters Rose Anne Brink, Oceanside, CA and Mary Jane (Fred) Crafton, El Segundo, CA, twelve grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and an extended family including many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation will be on March 5, 4:00-7:00 p.m., Gearhart Funeral Home, Coon Rapids, MN. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Joe Whelen on March 6 at 11:00 a.m., Church of St. Timothy, Blaine, MN. Due to current CDC and State of MN guidelines, attendance will be limited to 50 people at the Mass. There will be NO visitation on Saturday and seating will begin at 10:30am.

Social distancing and masks will be required.

Dorothy will be laid to rest in Hillside Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN, alongside the love of her life, John.

Dorothy's family requests donations in her honor to Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation, helpfightra.org.

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  • FAMILY

  • She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John, her sons David (Becky) Kotalik, Jerome “Jerry” Kotalik, her sister Arlene (Harris) Stockmoe, and her brothers Ignatius “Iggy” (Bertha) Rick, John (Ginny) Rick, Paul (Nona) Rick, Edward Rick, Michael Rick, Gerald (Betty) Rick, and Joseph Rick.
    Dorothy is survived by children John (Judy Sinclaire) “Bud” Kotalik III, Kirkland, WA, Stephen (Nancy) Kotalik, Marion, IA, Kathleen (Dennis) Johnson, Watford City, ND, Elizabeth Kotalik, Santa Cruz, CA, Jeanne (Daniel) Kelsey, Roseville, MN, Charles (Terri) Kotalik, Coon Rapids, MN, daughter-in-law Becky Kotalik, Blaine, MN, sisters Rose Anne Brink, Oceanside, CA and Mary Jane (Fred) Crafton,El Segundo, CA, twelve grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and an extended family including many nieces, nephews, and cousins

Services

5 March

Visitation

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Gearhart Funeral Home

11275 Foley Blvd NW
Coon Rapids, Minnesota

6 March

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am

Church of St. Timothy

707 89th Ave NE
Blaine, Minnesota

Due to current CDC and State of MN guidelines, attendance will be limited to 50 people at the Mass. <br>

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Yvonne Hanley

February 18, 2021

My husband so enjoyed his conversations with, John. Together we truly missed them when they moved to to Minnesota. I was glad to see facebook updates and to see them when they visited in Grand Forks. It appears that Dorothy and Father Ben entered eternity together. God's peace to you all.

Ora Meyer

February 17, 2021

I first met Dorothy and John as a foster child when I was 13 hrs old. I lived with them and their growing family for 2 years. I am so thankful for the stability they gave me. I didn’t always appreciate the gift they gave me by providing a stable loving environment. As I got older I appreciated them more and we became lifelong friends. Dorothy was a wonderful women and everyone was better off just to know her. She really was like sunshine and always had a twinkle in her eye. My deepest sympathy to her family and all her friends.

Katherine Anstett

February 17, 2021

I will never forget the many kindnesses of John and Dorothy to my Dad, Wilbur Anstett, who lived across the street from them in Grand Forks for many years. He spoke so fondly of them through the years and could always count on them when he needed help. My thanks to them and condolences to all the family. May they rest in peace.

Patricia Gausvik

February 15, 2021

My condolences to your family, especially Kathy, Betsy and Jeannie. Your mother was such a beautiful person, a dedicated mother and a role model for all mothers. God bless your family and cherish how blessed you were to have your precious mother in your lives.

Pat Trudel Gausvik
Scottsdale, Az

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