Dolores J. Pederson, 89, of St. Paul, formerly of North Branch, died Saturday, March 16, 2013 at St. Anthony Park Home in St. Paul.
Dolores was born Feb. 18, 1924 in Kenneth, Minn. to parents Henry and Louise (Anderson) VandeVelde. She attended schools in Luverne, where she graduated in 1941. After high school, she attended St. Olaf College, where she received a bachelors’ degree in history and English. Dolores taught school in Magnolia for a short time before she took a job working at Dayton’s Department Store and later as a buyer for Donaldson’s. Dolores married Perry O. Pederson, Jr. at the Kenneth Lutheran Church in February of 1956. In 1957, their son Daniel was born and Dolores starting working for the family business, P.O. Pederson Inc., where she worked as a bookkeeper until retiring. Dolores was the first woman to serve on the North Branch School Board and she also led the way to get a public library established in North Branch. She loved gardening, reading, watching movies and genealogy.
Dolores is survived by her son, Daniel (Catherine Brennan) Pederson, of St. Paul; brother, Harris VanDeVelde, of Columbia Heights; grandchildren, Neil (Amber Knapper) Pederson, of Minneapolis; and Amanda Pederson, of Minneapolis; great grandchildren, Kyla Knapper and Cole Pederson; nieces and nephews, Marta McCormack, Susan Skattum, Monica Cross, Gregory Vande Velde, Paul Vande Velde, Chris Pederson, Kathy Yeager and Paul Pederson. She is preceded in death by her husband, Perry O. Pederson, in October of 2000 and her brother, Charles.
Memorial services will be held Thursday, March 21, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church in North Branch with Pastoral Intern Nate Luong officiating. Serving as organist will be Renee King. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at church Thursday. Spring interment will take place at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in North Branch.
Arrangements are under the direction of Grandstrand Funeral Home in North Branch. Condolences maybe left at www.grandstrandfh.com.