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October 29, 2020


9/23/2020 9:22:00 AM
Dorothy Gransee

Dorothy Gransee, 87, of Sanborn died Sept. 19, 2020, at St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield.
Services will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m., at United Methodist Church in Springfield with Pastor Rick Frederickson officiating.
A livestream of the service can be viewed at www.facebook.com/spfldmnumc.
Interment will be at Sanborn City Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Saturday, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the church in Springfield.
Sturm Funeral Home of Springfield is handling the funeral arrangements.
Dorothy Anna Crippen was born Sept. 7, 1933, to Franklin Peter Crippen and Mildred Vassel Davis at the Redwood Falls hospital. She graduated from Sanborn Public School in 1951 and the University of Minnesota School of Agriculture in 1953.
In 1953, Dorothy married Dean Gransee of Hayfield.
Dorothy was involved in 4-H for 10 years as a member, winning the 1951 Minnesota State Fair Top 4-H Dairy Member award. She also was involved in 4-H as a leader for 15 years.
The dairy herd she and Dean developed as D&D Holsteins was the top dairy herd in Cottonwood County for a number of years and won several Holstein show awards.
Dorothy sewed her own formals, suits, wedding dress (now in the Springfield museum), children's clothes and home decorations. As the 4-H clothing leader, she taught several girls sewing and tailoring skills.
Dorothy and Dean hosted 4-H and Youth For Understanding exchange students from Japan, Norway, Brazil and Argentina.
Dorothy also helped edit the Sanborn Centennial book and 125th anniversary update and served as historian for Springfield United Methodist Church. She enjoyed researching family genealogy, spending countless hours poring over copies of old censuses, land records and newspaper clippings.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dean.
Survivors include her children: Dora (Christopher) Hart of Plymouth; Dennis (Gloria) Gransee of Jamestown, N.D.; Dan (Betty) Gransee of Waseca; and Dick Gransee of Sanborn; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.








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