Dorothy Marie Keogh, age 84, of Faribault, died on Thursday, March 3, 2011 at Sheltering Arms, St. Lucas Care Center, Faribault, succumbing to the effects of Alzheimer’s with her daughter Cindy at her side.

Memorial services will be held at the St. Lucas Care Center Chapel on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 10 a.m. with visitation ˝ hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Cleveland Lutheran Cemetery.

Dorothy Marie Keogh, the daughter of Herman Albert Boldt and Della Mae Baker was born February 1, 1927 in Cleveland, Minnesota where she grew up. She attended country school in Cleveland until the 8th grade. She was married to first husband Melvin J. Vargo in the Kilkenny area. To this union four children were born: JoAnn, Shirley, Gary, and Betty. They later divorced and Dorothy married Harold W. Keogh on Sept 26, 1965 in Lesueur County, Minnesota. To this union one child was born: Cindy. She and Harold divorced in 1975 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Dorothy loved to cook for her family. She was well known for her tender pork chops in the family and as being the "Crock pot Queen". She had a wicked sense of humor always with a one liner ready to take a crack at you. She worked in factories and as a waitress until she went blind in 1965. She had part of her sight restored and after that time she was unemployed. She loved to play cards with her grandchildren and listen to the old country honky tonk. She loved visiting with her close friends always sharing a laugh. Her wish was to live to see the day that her daughter Cindy would be a mother and that day came in 2006 with the adoption of her grandson Tommy who she loved dearly and talked non stop about. She was a woman of strong will and independence with a kind heart for those around her.

She is survived by her daughters, Cindy (Dale Brown) Keogh, of Northfield, MN; JoAnn (Dennis) Kozitza of Faribault, MN and Betty Vargo of Faribault, MN. Her grandchildren: Thomas Brown, of Northfield, MN; Deanna Mason of Madrid, Spain; Martin (Kat) Kozitza of Prior Lake, MN; Christophor (Chandra) Loney of Savage, MN; Corey Vargo of Faribault, MN; Angelina Paul of the Roseville, MN; Kristein (Scott) Kuechle of South Haven, MN; and Mark Kotek of Apple Valley, MN. Her great grand children: Michaela and Aidan Mason of Madrid, Spain; Druw and Dylan Vargo of Faribault, MN; Chevelle and Chance Loney of Savage, MN; Cooper and Olivia Kozitza of Prior Lake, MN; Trent Kuechle of South Haven, MN; and Aidan Kotek of Apple Valley, MN. Her two sisters: Ruth Letourneau of White Bear Lake, MN and Phyllis Stanhke of Maplewood, MN.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son Gary Vargo, daughter Shirley Meyer, son-in-law Mitch Schaper, grandson Robert "Bobby" Kotek, and great granddaughter Katelynn Kuechle, brothers: Jean, Donald, Richard, Ronald, Herman Jr, and Robert, sisters: Barbara Porter and Marilyn Reed.

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Name: Tammy Williamette
Date: Saturday March 05, 2011


I work at St. Lucas with Dorothy. She always had a sense of humor and would always talk about going to the bank. She would tell us all about her family and friends. She loved listening to her country music in her room. She will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family in this time of loss.