Doris Zorn


Doris Zorn Doris Ione Zorn age 88 of Hutchinson, formerly of Vesta and New York, passed away Sunday, November 29, 2015 at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson. Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday, December 4 at First Presbyterian Church in Redwood Falls. Visitation is one hour prior to services at the church. Burial is in ­­­­­Vesta Cemetery. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Online condolences may be sent at Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home in Redwood Falls is assisting the family with arrangements.

Doris Ione (Kotval) Zorn was born November 16, 1927 in Vesta Township, Minnesota to Joseph and Nettie Grace (Potter) Kotval. She attended elementary school in Vesta, graduated from high school in Redwood Falls as valedictorian in 1945, and attended Macalester College for 2 years before completing her B.S. Degree with High Distinction in Home Economics Education from the University of Minnesota. In 1960 she obtained her M.A. Degree from Teachers’ College at Columbia University in New York City. Doris taught in high schools in Renville, Redwood Falls, and Hopkins, MN, and in elementary schools in New Rochelle, NY. On July 20, 1957 she was united in marriage to Douglas D. Zorn of New Rochelle, NY, formerly of Vesta, MN, at the First Presbyterian Church in Vesta. They lived in New Rochelle before moving to Armonk, NY, in Westchester County where IBM Corporate Headquarters relocated from New York City. Douglas had worked for IBM in the Midwest before being transferred to New York City. Doris was baptized and confirmed in the First Presbyterian Church of Vesta and continued her membership in Presbyterian churches in New Rochelle and Armonk, NY, and currently in Redwood Falls. Doris was always there for whomever needed love. She will be remembered for her very caring nature by her immediate and extended family as well as friends and neighbors.

Doris is survived by her husband Douglas; daughter Diane D. (Allan) Cronen of Willmar; son Dean A. Zorn of Montgomery Center, Vermont; granddaughter Phoebe E. Zorn of Montgomery Center, Vermont; grandson Ryan A. Cronen of Willmar; brother-in-law Leonard Thorston of Springfield; eight nieces and one nephew, their spouses and children; and many other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, brother Dr. Russell J. (H. Maxine) Kotval, sister Eileen Thorston, and an infant brother Clifford.


  1. Tony and Kathie Gee Van Uden says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Doris’ passing. We do know by our faith that they are in a very beautiful place. It sounds like she had a fulfilling life. This time of year is so HOLY AND LOOKING AT THE STARS WE CAN SEE JUST WHAT A GREAT PLACE THEY ARE IN NOW, ENJOYING life THRU ETERNITY.
    She can visit with mom and dad and brother Brian. It does not seem like it, but mom has been gone a year also. She was ready at 96.
    Sorry we can not make it to Redwood, but we are on grandchildren duty the past two days, and need to get them from school at 3:10.

    God Bless you and all your family.

  2. Tammy Rozell says:

    So sorry to hear about your loss. I feel so bad that I wasn’t at her funeral, but I didn’t hear about it until it had already started. I wish I could have been there for you all. Love, Tammy Kotval Rozell

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