Dolores Porter, 95, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 7, 2021 at the Sanford Hillsboro Long Term Care Center with her daughter Bonnie at her side.
She was loved and will be missed by many.
Dolores Marie Tetzlaff (it’s Dolores with an ‘o’ as she would insist!) was born on Feb. 26, 1926 in Hunter, ND, the only child of Emil and Ida. She grew up in the Hunter/Grandin area, attending both Bell & Bohnsack country schools as well as Hunter public school. A good student, she was proud to say she was able to skip the 2nd grade! Dolores developed a love of music, singing solos & duets as well as landing a lead part in a school operetta. Following her 1943 graduation from high school, she attended Interstate Business College, living and working in Fargo.
Dolores met Bob Porter during high school & they married in 1946 upon his return from serving in the Navy in the Pacific. They built a new home on the current Porter farmstead in 1948 where Dolores was to live by her choice until just this past November. They developed a successful family farming business with Dolores enjoying an active role as the bookkeeper and occasional truck & combine driver. Dolores was a devoted mother to their two children, Dave & Bonnie, and especially loved being ‘Grama D’ to Bonnie’s children Ian & Annie. She continued mailing her homemade chocolate banana bread to them when they were both in college!
Dolores was active in homemaker and birthday clubs & the First Lutheran Church in Hunter. Bob & Dolores loved to travel and Bonnie’s job at Northwest (Delta) Air Lines offered the family the opportunity to visit places including New Zealand, Tahiti, Japan, & various cities in Europe. They spent many winters traveling south with their trailer including AZ, SC, & FL. In the summer for over 30 years their trailer was parked at Pinehurst Resort at North Twin Lake near Naytahwaush MN. Weekends there were spent with many lake friends. It was there where she took her best sunset photos which we love.
Bob passed away in 1998. Dolores & Dave continued farming with the assistance of Frank Kartes until Dave’s passing from complications of Parkinson’s disease in 2019. Dolores was Dave’s caregiver until the end of his life which took a toll on her life. She did, however, recover well enough to return by choice to living on her own and was even able to dance late into the evening at her granddaughter’s wedding in Chicago a few months later to the delight of us all.
She will be missed and forever remembered by daughter Bonnie (Scott) Nelson in Edina MN, grandson Ian (Torreyana Carl) Nelson in Portland OR, granddaughter Annie (Tommy) Grogan & soon to be born great granddaughter in Chicago IL, dear friend & farm colleague Frank Kartes, and special friends Maxine Garrett & Doris Barker who are the remaining ‘Golden Girls’ at Pinehurst Resort.
A private gravesite service will be held at the Hunter Cemetery & a Celebration of Life will be held this summer. Memorials are preferred to the First Lutheran Church in Hunter.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Wildeman-Boulger Funeral Home, Hillsboro. To sign the online guestbook, visit boulgerfuneralhome.com.