Learn, Dorothy M, 90, of St. Paul, passed away on Monday, September 27, 2021. She is preceded in death by her husband, James; parents, Claude and Vera Ross; brothers, Clyde and Keith Ross; Survived by children, Ellen (Chris) Lindbom, Renee (Thomas) Ryan, Jim (Joan), Cheryl Garcia, and Jerry; 14 grandchildren, Chris, Derek, Hillary, Jerry, Ross, Estelle, Amanda, Tim, Katie, Tom, Jessica, Nicole, Trevor and Chelsey; 19 great grandchildren; and brothers, Luverne (Joann) and Glenn.
Dorothy was born in Mitchell, South Dakota and attended a country school in Artisan, South Dakota. After high school, she worked as a telephone operator. She married James Learn on March 21, 1954 and in March of 1957 they moved to St. Paul, Minnesota where she again worked as a telephone operator for Northwest Bell. She also worked as a nurse aide at St. John's Hospital, switchboard operator at Mound Park Hospital and then retired from Montgomery Ward Service Department. She also was a full time mom and grandma. After she retired, she continued to stay busy by being a bus aide for the Stillwater School and worked for the MN State Fair (where she was even employee of the month). She loved sports, especially the Vikings and Twins and was even turned by Brett Favre into a secret Packers fan. She was heavily involved in the American Legion and as a member of the United Methodist Church. She was an incredible sewer, making dresses and clothes for her children and herself; and had a passion for baking- everything from scratch. Most importantly she loved family gatherings and being with her family.
A celebration of life will be held from 9 AM to 11 AM on Monday, October 4, 2021 at Mueller Memorial- St. Paul, 835 Johnson Parkway, with a time for sharing memories beginning at 11 AM. Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.