Thursday, September 17, 2009

Dorothy Mae Lange Marsh 1923

Dorothy Mae Lange was born April 16, 1923 in Calumet, Itasca, Minnesota. Dorothy was the youngest child of Earl Lange and Ruth Finnerud, who were immigrants from Norway. She was a graduate of Greenway High School in Coleraine and worked for Dr. O. C. Braun in the early years. She married John Preston Marsh June 22, 1946 in Nashwauk, Itasca, Minnesota. They lived in Splithand Township, Grand Rapids, Itasca, Minnesota, from 1947 to 1961. In 1961 the Marsh family moved to Fort Pierce, St. Lucie, Florida. Dorothy was looking for something to do and purchased a small pet shop. Happyland Pet Shop sold household pets, as well as exotic animals from South America, such as monkeys, baby skunks, lizards, turtles and snakes. The pet shop prospered and had to move to a large location. John Marsh left Vaughn & Wright Auto Parts in 1966 to join his wife in the pet shop business. The pet shop soon became a complete family business, with all of the children working at the store after school and loving it. Dorothy clipped and groomed dogs in the back of the shop. She and her family also enjoyed raising Miniature Schnauzers and Irish Terriers. John and Dorothy Marsh retired from the pet shop business in 1983 and, much to the disappointment of their children, moved to Mena, Polk, Arkansas, in 1983. In her retirement Dorothy made a number of lovely quilts for her family, all hand pieced and hand quilted. She was known for her expert bread and bun making, including her famous Norwegian Christmas Bread. Dorothy still has a love for animals, especially dogs. Dorothy currently lives in Louisville, Kentucky near her daughter Patricia.

Dorothy Lange was married to John Preston Marsh. He was born August 24, 1917 in International Falls, Minnesota, the oldest son of Vere Preston Marsh and Genevive Anne DeNoble. John loved to hunt and fish in Minnesota until he had a hunting accident with his right hand in 1933. John Preston Marsh passed away on April 1, 2000 in Mena, Polk, Arkansas.

My Sources are from my database birth, marriage, and death certificates.

Copyright © 2009 by Gus J. Marsh

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