Dorothy L. Pederson | Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

March 15, 1925 - July 28, 2020

Dorothy L., Pederson (nee, Rockland) 95, of Edina. Dorothy had a career with the Federal Reserve Bank, retiring happily after 40 years. Additionally, she ran a successful small business alongside her husband Harold for 40 years. During retirement, they enjoyed spending winters in Mesa, AZ. She will be missed dearly by her family and her many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Harold, siblings Edward and Alvin Rockland, and Bertha Link. She is survived by her niece, grand-nephews, and grand-nieces.

Private Graveside services will be held at Lakewood Cemetery.


  1. Dahl girls Kathy Tunks and Nan Carlson says:

    Dorothy was a very special friend of our mother, Signe Dahl while working at Federal Reserve Bank. She and the group of ladies would come to our house and enjoy our dad’s spaghetti dinner. Dorothy was always pleasant with a beautiful smile on her face. We are sure that you all have wonderful memories with her and you have our condolences.

  2. Cindy Johnson says:

    My condolences to Dorothy’s family. Dorothy was my first supervisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, starting back in 1975. She had a great smile and a distinctive laugh, both of which she did often. One of my favorite Dorothy stories was her telling us about her bus ride into work one winter morning. She told us that many people, more than usual I guess, seemed to be looking at her and smiling, maybe one or two even chuckled. She took note, but didn’t think too much about it until she got to work. That’s when she realized that she had on one knee high and one ankle high snow boots! Well at least they were the same color!

  3. Denny and Sharyn Maas says:

    Our condolences to Dorothy’s family. Denny worked with Dorothy processing Savings Bond redemptions and reissues at the Federal Reserve Bank. Harold and Dorothy were very close to our family. When we were struggling living paycheck to paycheck, they would treat us to a night out for dinner. When one of our girls was creating a family tree she asked which side of the family to put them on. They gave the kids jigsaw puzzles when they were little and later they taught them to play dominoes which they now have taught their children. Dorothy and Denny had a tradition of going out for lunch for their March birthdays for more years than we can count. One interesting thing that you should know if you don’t already, is that when Dorothy was first employed at the Fed, she was told that she had health conditions that precluded her from getting health insurance. She was eventually allowed to be enrolled. It is a bit ironic that the woman who was refused health insurance outlived her peers in some cases by decades. She and Harold were special people and we will miss them.

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