Dorothy Irene Klassen
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March 5, 1926 - July 26, 2013
Born March 5, 1926, to Casper & Catherine Hershfelt of Salem, OR. Dorothy showed her artistic ability at a very young age and developed into a multi-faceted professional. She had three children with her husband, Robert D. Hinkle Sr.: Robert Jr., Linda Ross and Cindy Hinkle. Her husband and two oldest children preceded her in death along with her brother, Casper Hershfelt. Dorothy worked as a photographer and graphic artist when she met and married Donald B. Klassen. They moved to San Francisco, CA, where she worked for Fireman Fund Ins. Co. for many years. They moved to Sonoma, CA where her husband practiced podiatry. Dorothy was the perfect hostess to the doctor's colleauges and fellow Masonic Lodge members. She loved interior decorating and gourmet cooking. Dorothy and Don returned to Salem to retire near family. Dorothy achieved award-winning status with her oil paintings. She made generous donations to many charities, an avid reader and enjoyed family gatherings that included many friends & extended family and loved ones. Dorothy died in her home surrounded by love on July 26th, 2013. Survived by her daughter, Cindy Hinkle and her brother Guy Hinkle. Son, in law Steve Stocker, her grandsons Jeff (Cathleen) Ross, Greg (Samantha) Ross. Andy Hinkle of Springfield, OR, stepson Bruce (Susie) Klassen. Many beloved great grandchildren, nieces & nephews. A private gathering of family remembered Dorothy with love, laughter and tears.
God bless you Dottie. You are at peace with our Lord.
Donations to Cancer Research or Humane Society.
Published in StatesmanJournal on Aug. 2, 2013