Dorothy Burman, age 92, of East Bethel died January 11, 2014 at White Pines Senior Living in Fridley. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Thursday, January 16th at Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel with Pastor Billy Harmon officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Fridsborg Cemetery in East Bethel.
Dorothy Jeanette Burman was born November 29, 1921 in Red Wing, Minnesota to Benjamin and Ethel (Peterson) Nelson. She was raised on a farm in Ellsworth, Wisconsin. On February 26, 1949 she married Orlander “Earl” Burman. They made their first home in Minneapolis and a year later they moved to Portland, Oregon where they lived for a year. They then moved to south Minneapolis where they purchased a home. In 1965 they moved to rural Bethel. Dorothy was a very spiritual person and was always active in a church where they lived teaching Sunday School and Bible School. In Minneapolis she was active at First Covenant Church and when they moved to Bethel at Constance Free Church and then at Bethel Community Church. She attended Elim Baptist Church in Isanti for a time before her health deteriorated. Dorothy read scripture and prayed with her children daily before school and at bedtime. She enjoyed her garden and was well known for her gardens and beautiful yard. She also enjoyed crafts, making Christmas trees out of soap and wreaths out of plastic bags and decorating dolls. Dorothy was a gifted seamstress and sewed all of her children’s clothes as well as baking and decorating cakes including wedding cakes. She was a very giving person and will be deeply missed by family and friends.
Dorothy died January 11, 2014 at White Pine Senior Living in Fridley at the age of 92 years, 1 month and 13 days. She is preceded in death by her parents and 2 brothers, Merrill and Melford Nelson.
Dorothy is survived by her husband, Orlander “Earl” Burman; 3 children, Darrell (Nancy) Burman, Renee Burman, Rhonda (Jack) French; 5 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren; sister, Marlene (Leonard) Urback; brother, Donald (Judy) Nelson; and by many other relatives and friends.