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Dorothy L. Belsly

July 23, 1933 — February 19, 2023

Moorhead, MN

Dorothy Lorraine Belsly, 89, of Moorhead, MN, passed away unexpectedly at Sanford Medical Center, Fargo, ND, on February 19, 2023.

 She was born on July 23, 1933, to David and Ida Carlson, rural Clarissa, MN. The family moved to Moorhead in 1948. Dorothy graduated from Moorhead High School, Moorhead, and Dakota Business College, Fargo.

 She was a secretary at Wylie Piano Company for several years. She also worked various part time jobs throughout the years.

 She married John Robert “Bob” Belsly on October 11, 1952, at Bethesda Lutheran Church, Moorhead. She was a loving wife, devoted mother and grandmother.

 Her special interests were her family, her faith, and her friends. She enjoyed bowling, playing cards with friends, doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles, and playing FreeCell Solitaire on the computer. She and her husband traveled extensively throughout the years. They enjoyed going to their lake cottage nearly every weekend in the summer, for 62 years. She was an active member at Bethesda Lutheran Church and helped wherever needed. She maintained contact with extended family and “forever friends.”

 She is survived by her husband, Bob, Moorhead; daughter, Margaret Schmallen, Fargo; son, Mark Belsly, Moorhead; daughter, Nancy (Wes) Henderson, Columbia, MO; grandsons, Brock Schmallen, Fargo, and Zachary Henderson, Columbia; and sisters, Lola Matson, Moorhead, and Eunice Sampson, Parker, CO.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Gloria Hecker.

Visitation will be held at Bethesda Lutheran Church, Moorhead, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Monday, February 27, 2023, with a Prayer Service at 7 PM.  Funeral Services will also be held at Bethesda Lutheran Church, at 11:00 am on February 28, 2023, with a Visitation one hour prior. The Interment will be at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Moorhead, MN, at a later date.

 Memorials preferred to the Bethesda Lutheran Church Foundation, Moorhead, MN.

(Korsmo Funeral and Cremation Service, Moorhead, MN)

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