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Dorothy Schaffer

Funeral services for Dorothy Schaffer will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, 2022, at Evans Funeral Home in Carrington, North Dakota. Burial will be in Carrington Cemetery. Prior to the service, a visitation will be held at the funeral home beginning at 12:30 p.m. The former Carrington woman passed away July 1, 2022, at Sheyenne Crossings Care Center in West Fargo, North Dakota. She was 94.

Dorothy Mae Strom was born on April 13, 1928, in Flint, Michigan, the daughter of Oliver and Hattie (Nylander) Strom. In 1930, she and her parents moved to Lake Park, Minnesota where she grew up on the family farm. Dorothy received her elementary and secondary education in the Audubon-Lake Park area. In May of 1949, Dorothy received her three-year diploma as a registered nurse from St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing in Fargo, North Dakota. After graduation, she worked for the National Polio Foundation and St. John’s Hospital until December 1950. After that, she worked at General Rose Memorial Hospital in Denver until her move to Carrington. In October 1951 Dorothy began her work at the Carrington Hospital and Holy Family Guest Home.

On September 13, 1953, Dorothy married Raymond (Ray) Schaffer in Carrington. They lived in Carrington until 1980 when they moved to Dickinson, North Dakota. In 1985, they returned to Carrington and Dorothy was employed for three years as Director of Nursing for long-term care at the Carrington Health Center. She continued as a staff nurse until her retirement in 1993, having spent 37 years with the Carrington Health Center facilities.

Dorothy was a member of the Federated Church and Circle Martha. She enjoyed crocheting, baking and writing letters.

She is survived by her two daughters, Karen (Mark) Jackson of Tekamah, Nebraska and Janet Hahn of West Fargo; one son, Myron (Sara) Schaffer of Broomfield, Colorado; five grandchildren: Diane Hahn of Minneapolis, Erich Hahn of Lander, Wyoming, and Julie (Eric) Johnson of Duluth, Minnesota, Kira and Vivian Schaffer of Broomfield; one brother, Ronald (Carol) Strom of Lake Park; and one sister-in-law, Linda Schaffer of Valley City, North Dakota.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one infant daughter, and her parents.

Memorials are suggested to the Federated Church of Carrington or Carrington Cemetery.

Posted Condolences:


  1. Dorothy was a great friend and nurse. She always made me flat bread and cherry bars. We had the pleasure of working together for 19 years. May she RIP. Prayers to her family.

  2. Karen. God’s peace to you at this trying time. Prayers. Julie

  3. Karen, words cannot express at this time. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers Love Donna and Allen

  4. Peace and comfort to you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Karen, Janet and Myron,

    Our condolences to you on the passing of your mother.

    I have known her essentially my whole life growing up with you,
    particularly Karen and Janet. She introduced me to my favorite birthday
    cake, angel food with peanut butter frosting some 60+ years ago! Both Dorothy and
    Ray were like second parents to me in my young years . . . truly a loss of two wonderful
    individuals in my life.
    My/our thoughts and prayers with all of you.

    Dave Woehl and family,

    Dave, Valerie, Derek, Alex and Marcie

  6. My sympathy to the family. She was an excellent nurse. It was a privilege to work with her.

  7. Karen and Janet,

    I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I pray that your memories of her bring you comfort. Take care and God bless!

  8. Janet, Karen and Myron ( and grandkids),

    My deepest condolences regarding Dorothy! I have known Janet for quite a few years and have heard wonderful and heartwarming stories about Dorothy. A hard, talented worker and definitely willful and strong willed when needed.
    I send hugs to you all!

  9. Dorothy’s Family,
    My thoughts are with you, I knew Dorothy through my work, she would come and visit with me on my break, and we would gossip, share recipes and have some laughs. She would look forward to the mail and was always writing letters and baking us treats. She will be missed.
    My sympathy to the family.


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