DOROTHY (SOLYNTJES) MAGER, age 102, passed away on January 25th, 2023. Dorothy was born in Faribault, MN on July 5, 1920 to Peter and Bertha (Bongers) Solyntjes. She graduated from Waterville High School in 1939 and married Leon Mager on June 15, 1941. They owned and operated the Gambles store for 34 of the 89 years of her Waterville life. She has been a resident at Traditions of Waterville for 10 years.
Dorothy enjoyed a life filled with faith, family and community. She was always ready to lend a hand, always willing to learn, and always found time for her family. She also enjoyed quilting, reading and traveling. She was a guiding light to many and will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her son, Leon (Joan); daughter-in-law, Karen Mager; grandchildren, Denise (Don) Schroeder, Debra (Christopher) Hol, Rebecca (Robert) Sicoli, Curt (Brenda) Mager, Suzette Bojanowski, Melissa Mager; 12 great-grandchildren; and 14 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Sr.; son, Gary; parents, Peter and Bertha Solyntjes; and brothers, Donald, Herman and Leo.
A celebration of Dorothy’s life will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, February 4th, 2023 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Father John Powers officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Waterville. The family has planned a private burial.