Dorothy Evangeline Overmoen was born on July 24, 1928 in Hatton ND.
The daughter of Lewis and Amanda (Norgaard) Sletten. She was among 13 children. She attended school in the country near the Sletten Farm of Hatton, ND.
She worked at various other farms for neighbors and relatives until she was older. She Married Willard Peterson and had one Daughter, Wanda Diane Peterson. They lived in Portland during those years until his passing.
In 1961 she married Arthur Melvin Strom and had one daughter, Diane Annette Strom. We all lived on the family farm until moving to Fargo in 1966 where Wanda and Diane attended school. During this time Dorothy worked cleaning and painting homes and offices for Eide Co. She was also at Rabbit and Buds Store on Main ave in Fargo for many years and enjoyed the ever changing seasons at the roadside grocery variety store. Arthur passed away in 1970. She married Joseph J Overmoen in 1971 and Wanda having moved to Iowa, Joe, Dorothy and Diane lived on the Overmoen farm near Hillsboro. She helped with the farm and farming and was always busy. She had quite the green thumb and a large garden for many years. She enjoyed getting the old machinery and cars in running order and was quite handy. Her love of neat clean, fast peppy cars was her passion. I bet you didn’t know what a motorhead she was, she likely missed her calling and should have been selling cars, as she enjoyed something different often and liked to get things running. She had a great love of animals and Horses. At one point she was getting meat bones and throwing them outside for the dog when some large birds starting coming to the farm. They were Magpies, having not had any cattle in the area, people were stumped as to why they were there. Little did they know. Dorothy always her entire life had a companion dog by her side. Her last love was “Honey Bun” and she went to a wonderful home outside of Ulen, MN with Patty who now cares for her.
During her life she loved horses so we always had horses and she always tried them out before they were ok for Diane until she got older. Breaking a couple ribs, ended her wanting to ride but still she loved having them on the farm.
After Joseph passed, she remained on the farm until 1984 when she moved into town where she had a smaller house and enjoyed joy rides, fishing at the dam, visiting relatives and old neighbors and especially going to the farm where she used to live. Steve and Marilyn bought the farm but mom came with it. She really enjoyed being able to visit often. During her years, she was a Beet truck driver during Harvest and drove School bus for the Hillsboro schools. Her quick thinking and keen sense of direction served her well during the ” driving” jobs and she really enjoyed the children she would meet. The coffee was always on and the letters were written at the table while drinking coffee daily. She loved visitors and would keep busy going to functions and the dances at the Lindaas farm. Dorothy was light on her feet and could dance the night away. She was often found with the radio on and singing and dancing in the kitchen. She played piano by ear, Accordian and guitar…she enjoyed making up songs..like ” Dianes got a headache….” LOL Dorothy was a passionate caring woman, you could count on her for the truth. Pastor Hanson said
once, we never have to wonder what Dorothy is thinking, she just says it.
Dorothy is survived by her Daughters, Diane Strom of West Fargo, Wanda (Thomas) Schweighardt (Pederson) of Orangevale, CA, one surviving Brother, Elroy Sletten of Wisc. Grandsons, Arthur and Noah Pattengale of West Fargo, ND. Tracy Eichhorst of Bettendorf, Iowa. Quinn Eichhorst (Amy) of Rocklin, CA, Troy Schweighardt of Antelope CA Great Grand Sons, Dylan Carson of Bettendorf, IA. Dalton and Dallas Overstreet of Bettendorf, Iowa. Riley and Bear Eichhorst of Rocklin, CA and many neices and nephews that she loved to visit with over the years.
Dorothy was proceeded in death by her Parents, Husbands, brothers: Knute, Marvin, Franklin, and Winfred. Sisters: Viola, Clara, Otillia, Mable, Gladys, Marcella, and Marion.
Visitation will be at 1:00 at Wildeman/Boulger Funeral Home of Hillsboro.
Burial will be at the Little Forks Cemetary near Hatton, ND
Lunch following at the shelter in the Hatton Community Park.