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Dorothy Cossette

March 23, 1927 - August 22, 2020

Funeral Service - Thursday

August 27, 2020
- 10:00 AM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

Visitation - Thursday

August 27, 2020
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo


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Dorothy Cossette

March 23, 1927 - August 22, 2020


Dorothy Cossette, 93, Fargo, N.D., died Saturday, Aug. 22, in Villa Maria Nursing Home.

Dorothy Marie Theede Cossette was born on March 23, 1927, in rural Fairmount, North Dakota. She was the 10th child of Alton and Elizabeth Theede.

In the 1st grade Dorothy went to the DeVillo Country School where her sister, Leska, was the teacher. For grades 2-12, Dorothy attended St. Francis Academy in Hankinson, ND, living with her sisters during the school week in town and graduating from high school in 1944.

Immediately after graduation Dorothy and her sister Irene took Civil Service exams and went to work in Washington, DC, as discharge agents at the Pentagon. When the school year began in the Fall, Dorothy returned home attending Moorhead State University studying teacher education. For 2 years Dorothy taught in country schools, first in rural Hankinson and then Wild Rice where she met her husband.

When Dorothy and Renold were first married they lived with Ren’s parents on the Cossette farm that was in the family for over a century, later building a new house on that farmstead. They raised three children there: Bruce, Becky, and Kirk. She loved her children dearly. Ren passed away in 2005.

Dorothy was always a great gardener and canner. She loved flowers and had beautiful flower beds around the house. She enjoyed playing cards and could do so even when her mind was slipping in her later years. A great cook, Dorothy was known for her wonderful Thanksgiving dinners she had for her extended family. She even won a cooking contest creating a recipe with beef and participating in a national cook-off.

Dorothy and Ren loved fishing and would often go up north fishing with family and friends. Along with her sisters she went on cruises to Alaska and the Caribbean, and toured the central countries of Europe.

She was blessed with 3 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren who filled her life with much joy.

Dorothy is so happy in heaven now playing cards with her sisters and catching up with all of them. I am sure they are laughing out loud.

She is survived by her children; Bruce (Sandi), Fargo, ND, Kirk (Becky), Fargo, ND; 3 grandchildren, Andrew (Brittni), Fargo, ND, Brianna (Charles) Aarestad, Halstad, MN, Max, Fargo, ND; 4 great-grandchildren, Wyatt and Weston Cossette, Bennitt and Graham Aarestad.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Renold, daughter, Becky and 3 brothers and 6 sisters.

Funeral Service: 10:00 A.M. Thursday, August 27, 2020 at Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo with visitation starting at 9:00 A.M.

Burial immediately following the service at St. Benedict’s Cemetery, Wild Rice, ND.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to CHI Hospice.


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13 responses to “Dorothy Cossette”

  1. Chuck and Darlene Oeterson says:

    To all the Cossette family, we are so sorry for your loss. Peace for Dorothy and know she will be missed. A good long life to be celebrated.

  2. Chuck and Darlene Peterson says:

    In our earlier message would you believe I miss typed our last name! We’re thinking of all Dorothys family. Reading Dorothys obituary I’m sorry I missed knowing her!

  3. Kathryn Theede Emde says:

    Aunt Dorothy, I am sure that your whole family has been waiting for you to come. All of you are together now!!
    You lived a marvelous life, filled with hills, mountains, valleys, canyons and the flat lands of North Dakota!! You lived and walked them all!!Peace to you!!

    Hug my Dad. Please tell Mom I love her, as well as my Sister, Diane.
    Blessings to all of your children, Grands.
    Good on you.

  4. Chris Hamre says:

    Bruce and Kirk sorry for your loss. I still think about all the good food Dorthy would cook when I worked out there. She’s up visiting with Renold watching over your families.

  5. Connie and Al Santwire says:

    Dorothy was such a bright light for her large family, so full of life and love. She had a big personality which made her fun to know. Bruce and Sandi will miss their casino partner! With our love to all Connie and Al Santwire ( Sandi’s sister)

  6. Brent & Boots says:

    Kirk and Becky,

    Sorry for your loss. All good memories of Dorothy and her smile.

  7. Mike Scott Trom says:

    So sorry for your loss. We always think they will live forever. You are all in my prayers today.

  8. sharon and george richard says:

    our deepest sympathies for the lost of your mother and grandmother. the trottier’s have many, many memories of dorothy with mom…making apple pies, fishing working with the women’s church guild and lutefish suppers… so thankful mom had her as her BBF.

  9. Linda and Gordy Reetz says:

    Thank you for live streaming the service. Even though I was not there in body my spirit was there. I will miss Aunt Dorothy and remember her fondly. God Bless all of you ! May your memories be joyous ones. Linda and Gordy Reetz

  10. AL(LOIE)WAWERS says:

    lots &lots of good times when we were kids.

  11. cheryl rosina tehle says:

    Our sympathy in your family’s loss. May she rest in peace. Dave and Cheryl Tehle

  12. Brenda Busch Duncan says:

    Thinking of you all and your families, so sorry for your loss!

  13. Janelle Muscha says:

    I got to know Dorothy years ago working at the St. Benedict Church Fall Dinner. I’ve thought of her often over the years, especially when we drive by her farm. I have fond memories of her.

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