Dorothy Martha Wrona (Stoltz), age 95, of Bloomington, passed into eternal life on August 16, 2023. Dorothy was born on February 3, 1928 to August and Agnes Stoltz (Kedrowsky) on a farm near Gilman, Minnesota. Dorothy was the youngest child and only girl of the Stoltz family. Her mother died while Dorothy was still a toddler, so she was raised by foster parents Arthur and Rose Henry on their farm near Foley. The family moved into St. Cloud where Dorothy attended St. Cloud Tech High School, graduating in 1946. Always wanting to help others, she attended the St. Cloud School of Nursing, and became a registered nurse in 1948. She worked at St. Cloud Hospital, Miller Hospital in St. Paul, and in California, before returning to Minnesota, working for the balance of her nursing career at Fairview Southdale and Abbott Northwestern Hospitals. She retired from nursing in 1992.
While a skilled and devoted nurse, Dorothy's greatest accomplishments were as a wife and mother. Married to Air Force Major John Wrona, she was a dedicated military wife, moving frequently around the United States. When John's death in 1964 left Dorothy a young widow and single mother, she focused all her energy on raising her three daughters, Beverly, Patricia, and Pamela, in Bloomington and then Edina, and supporting them in their educations and their many interests and activities.
After her daughters were grown, she moved back to Bloomington, and as a faithful Catholic, Dorothy spent much of her time serving the St. Edward's Catholic parish, in hospitality, funeral, food pantry and homebound eucharistic ministries.
Dorothy was a proud grandmother, she enjoyed socializing with friends and family, visiting central Minnesota where she grew up, traveling, especially to Hawaii, and the simple pleasures of life. She was an immaculate housekeeper and a gracious hostess, who loved sewing, knitting, crocheting, cooking, gardening and conversation. Though macular degeneration robbed her of her sight, she still enjoyed sitting in her garden in the beautiful Minnesota summer evenings.
Dorothy is proceeded in death by her parents and foster parents, her six Stoltz brothers and their wives: Frank (Marie), Floyd (Virginia), Henry (Irene), Tony (Gloria), Benjamin, and Ray (June), husband John Wrona, and daughter Pamela Wrona.
Dorothy is survived by daughter Beverly and son-in-law Jay Turchinetz of Billerica, Massachusetts, grandsons Michael Turchinetz of Dearborn, Michigan and Paul Turchinetz of Raleigh, North Carolina, daughter Patricia Wrona of Chicago, Illinois, and many nieces and nephews.
The Wrona family expresses deep gratitude to the friends, organizations and caregivers that helped Dorothy in the last years of her life, especially John and Gayle Hafner, Wendolyn Hopland, Seniors Helping Seniors, Allina Home Health, Amada Senior Care, Tandem Strength and Balance, Jones Harrison and Abbott Northwestern Hospital, and the many dear friends and colleagues who supported us during this challenging time.
On Thursday, August 24th, at 9:30 a.m. a one hour visitation will be held at St. Edward's Catholic Church, 9401 Nesbitt Ave. S., Bloomington, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. A funeral lunch will be held in the social hall, followed by Dorothy's interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Friends who wish to remember Dorothy with a memorial can make donations to Sharing and Caring Hands www.sharingandcaringhands.org, the St. Edward's Dudley Fund to help those in need, Loaves and Fishes www.loavesandfishesmn.org, or memorial masses may be offered for Dorothy at the Catholic church of the donor's choice.