Dorene Bakke, a beloved resident of Springfield, peacefully passed away the night of November 15, 2021, with her loved ones by her side. Dorene was 68 years of age.
Dorene was born on January 29, 1953, to Edwin Miller and Florence Pharr. She was the youngest of three children. She grew up on a small farm on the outskirts of Lamberton, Minnesota. She attended Lamberton school and then met her future husband Doug at a café in the Lamberton area. Their love blossomed in her teenage years until Doug went overseas to serve in the military. When he returned, Dorene was won over once again by his charm, and they wed on October 6, 1973. They went on to have two wonderful daughters who blessed them with five grandchildren. Dorene's grandchildren were her pride and joy.
Dorene was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a staple in the Springfield community. She loved getting to know others and did so while working at the Springfield Veterinary Clinic, Ruby's Café, and the post office downtown. She liked spending time on the winding roads of southwest Minnesota, getting a window tour of the scenic surroundings that the great state has to offer. Dorene also enjoyed spending time at her church, St. Paul Lutheran, and assisted with summer bible camps and Sunday school in her spare time. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, attending almost all their school and sporting events. She is especially remembered for embracing them through difficult times and giving all she had to make their lives better. Dorene was their biggest supporter.
She is survived by her husband, Doug Bakke; her brother, Dean Miller; sister-in-law Rita Miller; children, Jennifer Henrichs and Kelly (Frank) Jandura; grandchildren: Dustin (Becca) Henrichs, Britny Henrichs (James Ryer), Jada (Derrick) Simon, Savanna Jandura, Connor Jandura, Sophia Simon, and Jamie Ryer; and many other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents and brother, David "Pete" Miller.
Funeral arrangements will be determined at a later date. The Bakke's will notify family and friends when the information is available. Condolences may be sent to 315 N Jackson Ave, Springfield, MN 56087.
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