Dorothy Jane Blais, age 90, of International Falls, MN passed away on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society, surrounded by her family. Dorothy was born in International Falls on October 8, 1930, to Andrew and Helen Katrin, and lived here her entire life.

Dorothy graduated from Falls High School in 1948. She married Lowell Blais on July 9, 1949. They celebrated 66 years of marriage prior to Lowell’s death in May of 2016. Dorothy was the bookkeeper for Northern Lights Motel, which her parents owned, for many years.

Dorothy was recognized as an excellent bridge player. She played in the Falls and Fort Frances right up until Covid-19 interrupted her bridge groups. She also enjoyed bowling, curling, golfing, and spending time at the family cabin on Rainy Lake in Canada. She had many friends on both sides of the border. Dorothy made the best dill pickles. She was well known for making Ukrainian dishes like pedaheh and holupsi. She was proud of her Ukrainian heritage.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Lowell, her parents, and her brother Alex Katrin.

Dorothy is survived by son, Tim (Kathy) Blais, Cloquet, MN; daughter Karin Blais, Intl Falls; grandchildren, Jill (Mike) Kari, Esko, MN; Patrick (Jill Chartier) Blais, Saginaw, MN; Katrina (Victor Jaker) Blais, Chanhassen, MN; and Travis Blais, Intl Falls; great grandsons, Ahti and Alek Kari, Carson Blais, and James Lowell Jaker, born fifteen days after Dorothy died. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Leone “Bunny” Katrin and Diane (Jerry) Hassinger; brother-in-law, Bill Blais, and many cherished nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to Karin and Travis for helping Dorothy remain in her home as long as possible.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 13, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 820-4th St, Int’l. Falls. Visitation will begin one hour prior to service time.

Masks may still be required by the church at the time of the service. Casual/Lake attire is encouraged.

A gathering of family and friends will be held after the service at the Philosopher’s Club, 307-1/2 -7th St, Int’l. Falls.

Condolences may be left at

Arrangements are with Green-Larsen Mortuary, Inc.

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