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Doris R. (Norstegard) Doerhoefer
April 28, 1928 ~ December 9, 2023 (age 95) 95 Years Old
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Doris R. Doerhoefer, 95, of Willmar, died Saturday, December 9th at CentraCare-Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar. Her funeral will be 1:00 pm, Thursday, December 14th at Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar with interment in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Raymond. Visitation will be from 11:30 am until the time of the service at the church. Funeral arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar. www.hafh.org
Doris was born April 28, 1928, in Dovray, Minnesota, the daughter of Julius and Thelma (Lien) Norstegard. She grew up in Westbrook where she went to school before going to work at her aunt and uncle’s store in Storden.
On November 22, 1946, she was united in marriage to Raymond “Ray” Doerhoefer following his honorable discharge from the United States Army. They lived in Spirit Lake, IA, and Westbrook while raising their four daughters. In 1961 they moved to Raymond where they bought a grocery store and built a processing plant, Ray’s Market. They worked hand in hand, teaching their daughters to work too in the store.
Following a fire in 1974 that destroyed four businesses, two being their market and plant, they purchased another grocery store and operated it until they retired.
For many years, they enjoyed spending time at their place on Lake Florida, teaching their girls how to waterski, swim and operate the boat. In 1991 they moved into Willmar and for 15 years they enjoyed wintering in Arizona.
Surviving are her daughters, Barb (Scott) Schneider, CaRae Cayman, Londa (Lyle) Rambow and Jane Vikse; 14 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, three great, great grandchildren, and sisters-in-law, Clarice Norstegard, Nancy Doerhofer and Rita Doerhoefer. Also surviving is her honorable mention fifth daughter, Debra Pederson and cousin and best friend, Phyllis Carlson Vosberg, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends from West View Village.
Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Dennis and Dallas and great grandson, Morgan.