Dorothy H. Duffner, 94, of Fergus Falls

Published 11:40am Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Dorothy H. Duffner, 94, a resident at Broen Home in Fergus Falls, died Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013.

She was born Hanora Anna Walta on Dec. 4, 1917, to Henry and Anna (Wagner) Walta in Kranzburg, S.D. She legally changed her name to Dorothy at a later time. Dorothy graduated from Watertown, S.D., high school in 1937.

Dorothy married Florian “Cap” A. Duffner on Nov. 14, 1946, and together they made their home in Watertown S.D., where Cap was a partner in Duffner Drug.

Dorothy was the bookkeeper from 1961 until the store closed in 1969.

Cap Duffner died July 12, 1974, and Dorothy subsequently moved to Fergus Falls to live with her sister, Margaret Lampy, until Margaret’s death in 2008.

Dorothy then moved to Broen Home.

Dorothy was a polio survivor. In spite of this she led an active life including duck hunting with Cap and riding her favorite horse, Prince.

She and Margaret were avid bridge players and she loved to spend winters in Orlando, Fla. She was a wonderful cook and raised many dogs.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Cap; a brother, Jack Walta; and a sister, Margaret Lampy.

Dorothy is survived by her nieces and nephews including Dick Reddy (Nancy) of Traverse City Mich., Dianne Walta Hart (Tom) Corvallis, Ore., Greg Walta (Sue Edgar) of Colorado Springs, Colo., Doug Walta (Trudi) Portland Ore., James Lampy (Patricia) Rapid City, S.D., Mary Velo (Dale) Fergus Falls; and many great-nieces and nephews.

Service: 10 a.m. Saturday, at Glende-Nilson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls, and one hour prior to the service

Clergy: Father LeRoy Schik

Burial: St. Mary’s Cemetery, Watertown, S.D.

Funeral Home: Glende-Nilson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls



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