Dorothy C. Arnold

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Dorothy C. Arnold born September 17, 1922 in Bridgewater, South Dakota, passed peacefully on June 26, 2014 at her home in Tucson. A child of immigrants, she was raised on farms in South Dakota during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl years. After graduating from Farmer High in Farmer, S.D., she began working in an aircraft parts factory near Sioux City, IA, before moving to Vallejo, CA to work at the Mare Island Naval Ammunition Depot during World War II. She joined the U.S. Marine Corps Women's Reserve in early 1944, completing boot camp at Camp Lejeune, N.C. before being assigned as a mechanic at the Naval Air Technical Center near Norman, OK. She was then reassigned to the El Toro Marine Air Base for the remainder of the war. After the war, she worked in California while using the G.I. bill to learn court reporting before going to work for the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office. During the Korean War, she worked as a court reporter for the United States Air Force on Okinawa, Japan, in the military justice courts. It was there that she met her future husband, Jack, who was a B-26 bombardier and a lawyer in the Judge Advocate General's Corps. After she returned to the United States in May 1952, they were married at Davis-Monthan Chapel on June 14, 1952. In addition to raising eight children, she was active in her church and in her community, including the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Clinic, the Benedictine Convent and various church and charitable causes and organizations. She was a woman of extraordinary patience, strength and grace, and she devoted her life to her faith and to her family. She is survived by her eight children, Tom (Karen), Mary (Paul) Leonardi, Fr. John P. Arnold, Rose (Victor) Fontes, Mike (Linda), Dennis (Tauna), Kevin (Kathy) and Kathleen (Brian) Koppy; 17 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews, by her sisters, Sr. Margaret Peter of Milwaukee, WI, and Dolores Schultz of Unity, WI, and her brother-in-law, William Krempges of Springfield, MO. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Jack; her parents, Walter and Katherine (Wethor) Peter and five of her siblings, Marie Sieverding, Barbara Bangasser, John J. Peter, Cecilia Krempges, and Rose Ann Katzenberger. A Rosary will be held on Thursday, July 3, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 1946 E. Lee Street, followed by a funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. and interment at Holy Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Elizabeth's Health Center or Catholic Social Services of Southern Arizona are appreciated.

Published in the Arizona Daily Star from June 29 to July 1, 2014
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