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Dörte Magdelene Hardy Petersen Grant, 76, passed away peacefully after her fight with cancer, surrounded by her loving family on Friday, June 30, 2017, at her home in Pawley’s Island, S.C.
She was born on February 16, 1941, and raised in Kiel, Germany, to the late Hugo and Magdelene Petersen. Dörte came to the States to visit family friends in Cambridge, Mass., in her early 20s. During her visit to the US, she met and married Glen Garry Grant and they made a home in Andover, Mass., where they raised two daughters. The cold New England winters were not for Dörte, and in 1999, Glen and Dörte moved to Pawleys Island, S.C. Glen and Dörte only recently celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary.
Growing up during war time, Dörte learned to be strong, independent and fiercely protective. She may have been tiny, but she fearlessly stood up to anyone in order to protect those she loved or whom she believed were being mistreated. Her feisty spirit with a heart of gold were apparent to all she met. Dörte was a registered dietician before she left Germany for the U.S. Although she did not continue her professional career after moving to the U.S., healthy food and exercise were always a part of her life. She loved to laugh, and had a quick wit of her own. She enjoyed volunteering and helping others, reading, and listening and dancing to music.
Dörte had natural talent in everything she did. Over the years she loved expressing her creativity in gardening, sewing, craft projects and watercolor and oil painting. She was the co-owner of Craft-Wood Products, a custom wooden furniture and accessories business located in Murrell’s Inlet, S.C., alongside her husband, Glen.
Left to cherish Dörte’s memory are her husband, Glen Grant; their daughters, Anja Zwetsloot of Pittsburgh, and Gwenney Grant of Pawley’s Island; her sister, Aenne Weggemann of Germany; her grandchildren, Mia and Grant Skinner; her son-in-law, Peter Zwetsloot; her brother-in-law, Gerhard Weggemann; and her step-grandchildren, Steven and Thomas Zwetsloot. She will also be missed by her constant companion and beloved dog, Kieler.
Along with her parents, Dörte was preceded in passing by her sister, Elke Stau, formerly of Florida.
A private celebration of Dörte’s life will be held at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her name to Hôpital Albert Schweitzer, Haiti, at www.hashaiti.org.
Published on  July 13, 2017
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