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“Peggy, I'm so sorry to hear about your Mom. She was such a sweet woman! and do anything for her kids and their friends. My deepest sympathy to...Read More »
1 of 35 | Posted by: Katie (Moehring) Holland - MN

“Dolly was a good friend of my sister, Bev Sullivan Sadoff. I always enjoyed Dolly myself. My condolences to the family and all my love. Mary ”
2 of 35 | Posted by: Mary Sullivan Settles - Napa, CA

“I have such great childhood memories of Dolly and her wonderful family. Your home was like the neigborhood meeting spot for all of us kids. My...Read More »
3 of 35 | Posted by: David Berndt - Blue Earth

“From Carolyn - another one of the Carr kids. Gigi has put into words so many of my own thoughts about "Mrs. Engesser" and the Engesser family. I,...Read More »
4 of 35 | Posted by: Carolyn Carr - Stacey, MN

“My condolences to all of Dolly's family but to those of you who made growing up on Holland Street a unique and wonderful experience -- Dick (Mr....Read More »
5 of 35 | Posted by: Gigi Carr - Minneapolis, MN

“Dear Sweet Dolly, the best sister a person could ever wish for. Although I always thought you a bit crazy it was always a loving, caring and sincere...Read More »
6 of 35 | Posted by: John E. Collison - Thornton, CO

“Aunt Dolly was special to all of us Schock kids, too. When we moved to Estherville, we got to stay a few days every summer in Blue Earth. Aunt...Read More »
7 of 35 | Posted by: Sr. Ruth Schock

“Aunt Dolly was the only person who said I had a good singing voice. This just goes to show how kind and loving person she was. I always admired Aunt...Read More »
8 of 35 | Posted by: Michael Engesser - Luverne, MN

“Dolly was such a good friend, who I enjoyed spending many hours visiting with her at her house and talking on the phone. I knew I could always call...Read More »
9 of 35 | Posted by: Nancy Carr Fink - Elk River, MN

“I wish I could run across the street to see you all. Susie and I did have the most amazing childhood. We were the sister of sixth street and grew up...Read More »
10 of 35 | Posted by: Anastasia (Willette) McKenna - TX

“I first "met" Grandma Dolly through stories told by my friend Christina when we were in Catholic school. I had the pleasure of getting to know her...Read More »
11 of 35 | Posted by: Megan (Ascheman) Finlayson - MN

“I just wanted to thank my mom for the best childhood anyone could ever ask for! I always told her she was the best mom in the whole world and truer...Read More »
12 of 35 | Posted by: Susie (Engesser) Kletscher - MN

“Candy bars, bugles; hugs, and smiles; faith, and love. From the simple to the complex, Grandma will always live on through us who were blessed by...Read More »
13 of 35 | Posted by: Andrew Engesser - Spring Valley, MN

“Something many may not know, is that I knew Dolly before I met Joe. As a pregnant, unwed mother, I was given unconditional encouragement & love...Read More »
14 of 35 | Posted by: Dawnelle Engesser - Red Wing, MN

“Dolly was the most cheerful person we ever knew. Consistently cheerful. Now who will tell us we have darling, sweet, adorable children? Dick, John...Read More »
15 of 35 | Posted by: Karen and Lennie Clement - MN

“Grandma was the most charitable and loving person I've ever known. Didn't matter who you were, she made everyone feel loved and special. She taught...Read More »
16 of 35 | Posted by: Matthew Engesser - Eden Prairie, MN

“Our sincere and hearfelt condolenses to the Engesser Family...May she rest in peace... ”
17 of 35 | Posted by: Alex and Carina - Brampton

“Prayers of comfort are sent your way. Dolly was an awesome person and grateful to have known her. ”
18 of 35 | Posted by: Marie Nyberg - Crosby, MN

“All my thoughts and prayers are with Aunt Dolly's family and friends. I have wonderful memories of Aunt Dolly..so loving,happy, accepting (and I also...Read More »
19 of 35 | Posted by: Val (Collison) Cier - Cranbury, NJ

“It was so fun to laugh and visit with you a couple weeks ago, Mom. You looked angelic. My happiest memories include sitting at the dining room table...Read More »
20 of 35 | Posted by: Joe Engesser - Red Wing, MN

“Dear Engresser Family, I would like to extend to you my most heartfelt sympathies. I only knew Dolly in her capacity as one of the most outstanding...Read More »
21 of 35 | Posted by: Joy Vanderwert - Maple Grove, MN

“My condolences to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
22 of 35 | Posted by: Kathy Souba Bastianelli - Tempe, AZ

“As I sat at St.Lukes with Nancy and her family in the final hours of your time on earth,I was deeply reminded of the great love and respect you've...Read More »
23 of 35 | Posted by: Mavis Huntley Beckius - MN

“Dear "Grandma Dolly", So many memories gathered round the table at the Rorman's. I have been so blessed over the years to be a part of most holidays...Read More »
24 of 35 | Posted by: Ann (Rorman) Huntley - Blue Earth, MN

“My husband, Joe, and I are so sorry for your loss. I have such great memories of my lovely, smiling, laughing, Aunt Dolly when I visited Blue Earth...Read More »
25 of 35 | Posted by: Sheila Collison Wolak - MI

“Dick, John & Family I am so sorry for your loss. Dolly will be greatly missed. Thank You all for sharing her with me (and so many others) as a my...Read More »
26 of 35 | Posted by: Tom Paschke - St Paul, MN

“My dear and wonderful big sister. Thank you for taking such good care of me when I was a baby and you just 9 years old. I will truly miss the...Read More »
27 of 35 | Posted by: Therese Collison - St. Peter, MN

“Grandma, I am still at a loss knowing that you are gone. I just want to say I love you. You were always a light for me on the very darkest of...Read More »
28 of 35 | Posted by: Emily Engesser - Mankato, MN

“We'll never forget the memories and the lessons learned, Grandma. We love you and we miss you! ”
29 of 35 | Posted by: Tony Engesser - North Mankato

“To John and the extended family, I too wish to express my sympathy. Dolly was a kind and loving person. She and John gave of their time to bring...Read More »
30 of 35 | Posted by: Nancy Bohling - Blue Earth, MN

“To all of the Engesser family: My deepest and sincere sympathy to you on Dolly's passing. She was such an inspiration to us all, especially with...Read More »
31 of 35 | Posted by: Shirl Maher - Blue Earth, MN, MN

“Dick & family- So very sorry to hear about Dolly!! I will never forget her & since I moved to Winnebago I have really missed her!! She always had a...Read More »
32 of 35 | Posted by: Stephanie (Holt) Shelstad

“All of our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Aunt Dolly will be greatly missed by us all. I will miss her singing, her laughter and...Read More »
33 of 35 | Posted by: Bernadette Vick - Missoula, MT

“Engesser Family: We were saddened to hear of Dolly's passing. She had such a wonderful outlook on life and was an inspiration with her faith. Our...Read More »
34 of 35 | Posted by: Dan and Sue Wiltse - Blue Earth, MN

“Dolly was such a delight. I became acquainted with her at St. Luke's, in Moonlight when she and John came out to sing and play the piano for the...Read More »
35 of 35 | Posted by: Kay Nemanic - Blue Earth, MN


Dolores "Dolly" Engesser, age 80, of Blue Earth, died Saturday, June 16, 2012, at St. Luke's Lutheran Care Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, June 22, 2012, at 11:00 AM, at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Blue Earth, with Father Leo Koppala officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Blue Earth. Visitation time will be from 5:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday, at Patton Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 400 E. 14th Street in Blue Earth and one hour prior to services at the church. Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com Expressions of sympathy are preferred in the form of donations to the Options Pregnancy Center in Fairmont. Dolores was born October 10, 1931, in Blue Earth, the daughter of Dr. Elliott and Rose (Whitcomb) Collison. She was raised and educated in Blue Earth where she was a 1949 graduate of Blue Earth High School. She was married to Richard W. Engesser on January 9, 1951 at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Blue Earth. "Dolly" was a homemaker who enjoyed taking walks with her husband, volunteer singing at St. Luke's and spending time with her family. She was a lifetime member of SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church where she was active in the Catholic Daughters and the Council of Catholic Women. She was also a longtime advocate of the right to life for the unborn. She was truly an amazing wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and will be greatly missed. Dolly is survived by her husband, Richard Engesser of Blue Earth, her son, Anthony (Abigail) Engesser of Fairmont, her daughter, Mary Rose (John) Pray of Wiscasset, Maine, her son, Timothy (Juliet) Engesser of SpringValley, her daughter, Lenora (Paul) Mergens of Milton, Vermont, her daughter, Margaret (Albert) Rysavy of Owatonna, her son, John Engesser of Blue Earth, her son, Joseph (Dawnelle) Engesser of Red Wing, her daughter, Nancy (Duane) Rorman of Blue Earth, her daughter, Susan (Tim) Kletscher of Benson, her brothers: Jim (Val) Collison of Mason City, IA., Vincent (Mary) Collison of Denver, CO., Joseph (Angie) Collison of Danielson, CT., Thomas (Elaine) Collison of Denver, CO., John Collison of Denver, CO., her sisters: Cathy (John) Becker of Mission Viejo, CA., Sr. Therese Collison of St. Peter, Jennie (Mike) Rantz of Green Valley, AZ., 36 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren . She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Mary Schock, and brothers, Lawrence & Robert Collison.