Doris Welle Hotchkiss, 90, of Minneapolis, formerly of Fergus Falls

Published 11:40am Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Doris Welle Hotchkiss, 90, died Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at Masonic Home in Bloomington. She had lived in the Twin Cities for the past six years, near her children.

Doris was born in Eustis, Neb., on March 5, 1923, to Otto and Sophia Bartruff. She was one of eight children growing up on the family farm.

She graduated from Eustis High School and planned to attend nurses training, but due to her mother’s death she stayed home to take care of her younger sisters.

During World War II, Doris moved to Minneapolis where she met her husband, Gilbert Welle who was in the Navy. They were married in 1945.

In 1952, they moved to Fergus Falls when Gib and his brother, Ralph, bought the Fergus Falls Monument Company.  They raised three children.

In l961, Gib died suddenly of a heart attack. Following Gib’s death she worked in Dr. Gervais’ dental office and at the Middle School in the Fergus Falls School District for many years.

In l970, Doris married Bob Hotchkiss. They had many fun times and enjoyed retirement. He was extremely loyal and helped Doris through some difficult years with Alzheimer’s. He died in 2008.

Doris was a very caring and amazingly resilient person.

She was a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church and enjoyed the women’s circle and distributing communion for  nursing home residents. She also helped with Meals on Wheels.

A favorite pastime was her bridge groups and playing duplicate. In summers she liked to golf. She loved spending time with her family and will be missed by us all.

Survivors include her children, Susan (Dennis) Felix of Eden Prairie, Julie (Bill) Miller of Monticello, Chuck (Julie) Welle of Deephaven; six grandchildren, Dominic (Terri) Miller, Monica (Kris) Schwickerath, Austin Felix, Caitlyn (Philip) Pulitzer, Sarah (Jesse) Nelson, and Evan Welle; six great-grandchildren, Ty, Luke, Cole and Kade Schwickerath, Hayden and Hunter Miller; siblings, Betty Rieker, Robert (Evelyn) Bartruff, Marjorie (Kenneth) Kugler, Diane (Danny) Easterday all of the Eustis, Neb., area.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Gib and Bob; a sister, Lucile Anderson; and brothers, Vern Bartruff, Otto Bartruff Jr. and Lloyd Bartruff.

Memorials preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Visitation: One hour prior to the service

Service: 11 a.m. Saturday, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, Fergus Falls

Celebrants: Father Alan Wielinski and Deacon Chuck Kampa

Burial: St. Otto’s Catholic Cemetery, Fergus Falls

Funeral Home: Glende-Nilson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls


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