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Dorothy Bostrom Obituary
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March 06, 2015

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June 25, 2014
I met Dorothy over 20 years ago when she was my grandma's next door neighbor at the Hearthstone. My grandma was particular about her friends, and Dorothy easily made the cut. Dorothy was vibrant, confident, good-humored and sharp as a tack. We all enjoyed seeing Dorothy when we visited my grandma. After my grandma died, about 15 years ago, my mom and I started visiting just Dorothy. We loved getting to know her and maintaining our connection to the Hearthstone. We often brought her favorites: Riesling, hershey miniatures, and other life essentials. These past 7 years, we also brought my dog, Harley, who she often called "Charlie". We went through Dorothy's transition to the 3rd floor assisted living, and then to the Health Center. We often took her out to the Hearthstone's beautiful patio to look at flowers and have lemonade. What I most loved about Dorothy was her hearty laugh and overall positive nature. She always cheerfully responded, "I can't complain," when asked how she was doing. Always grateful for life and tuned towards life's positives, she was an inspiring woman to know. I feel blessed to have met her through my grandma, grateful to have had so many special visits, and honored, especially, to have been with her during the last weeks of her life. On the day she died, she was 100 plus a week and a day. The night she died, she looked comfortable. Beautiful trees were blowing in the wind outside her room. What a full life she lived, and so many lives touched. My mom, Harley and I will miss our visits with you, Dorothy.
June 24, 2014
To the family and friends of Dorothy "Bo"---
Dorothy was a trusted friend of my parents, Richard and Emabell Holt; wonderful supporter of Ron's and my children; and like a 2nd mother to me after my own mom passed away. Dorothy was extremely brilliant, a veritable treasure of wit and wisdom, and always a delight with whom to visit. How many lunches she and I managed to share while we pondered the workings of The Hearthstone, as well as the world!

Our son Dieter always will remember his being Dept. Head and director of bands at Ingraham High school. Dorothy (as well as her sister Olive and friends "Skippy" Younger, and Loretta Laurence)eagerly and joyously attended all of the concerts Dieter's students presented. Dorothy praised each performance, affirmed Dieter's hard work there, and rejoiced in our family's musical gifts. She was amazed when I brought my sister Celia's newborn son Owen to a couple of the concerts to give her an evening break. The ladies took turns holding him while Owen snoozed. Such love and devotion from those beautiful ladies' hearts. Aundant fun!!

When Dorothy was diagnosed with Merkle Cell cancer, it was a privilege for me to walk with her through her mental preparation for the surgery and then take her and be with her in the hospital. She never ceased to be amazed that God allowed her so many years to live after such a diagnosis. We agreed our God is indeed an awesome God.

I shall miss our conversations and the wisdom Dorothy so generously shared. I'll miss her delight in receiving the bags of Hershey's Miniatures, which she so happily munched upon and shared. Most of all, I'll just miss Dorothy for all she meant to my parents' lives at The Hearthstone and to my own life. Dorothy's life reminds me of the ripples that move ever outward when a stone is cast into water. The effects of her love, caring heart, listening skills, and compassion will enrich all her knew her for ever, and those stories of her life will be passed down from generation to generation.
I know I shall see her again in heaven, and that brings great comfort to my heart.

My father sends his deepest sympathy and regards, as do we and the rest of our family. Our love to each one of you,
Ron and Patsy Rice
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