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Lydia Doering

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Lydia Doering Obituary
Doering, Lydia 8/21/1934 - 3/15/2013 Three words characterized Lydia: "What A Sweetheart!" SAN DIEGO -- Beloved wife of Donald Doering (July 20, 2011), mother to Michael, Mark, and Terry, aunt to Diane Haman, Richard, Gregg, and Kenneth Perrie, and numerous additional nieces and nephews in Germany. Grandmother to Francesca, David, and Meghan-Amrie, mother-in-law to Chona and Barbara. Mom was preceded in death by brothers Johan, Richard and Heinz, and sisters Louise, Marianne, and Dorthea. Born in pre-war Luxemburg, Lydia was raised in Echternacherbruck, Germany on the Luxembourg border where she attended a one room schoolhouse until 1944 when her family evacuated due to World War II. In 1946-48, Lydia attended a two year business college in Bittburg, Germany where to this day she still has many good friends. In 1953 at just 18, she immigrated to the U.S. aboard the cruise liner 'United States', and lived with sister Louise in Florida for three years, part of which included 13-months hospitalized for TB. When invited to her sister Dorthea's wedding in Los Angles in 1956, she met her future husband of 54 years, Donald Doering. Married February 9, 1957, they moved to San Diego in 1958, a few blocks from St. Mary Magdalene, their parish of 57 years, Lydia and Don were ultra responsible parents, spending every last dime to prepare their sons for everything life had to offer, all on a computer programmer's salary. In later years, Lydia and Don traveled extensively including China, N. Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Panama, the Caribbean, Russia and Europe. One of Mom's humblest moments was receiving the YWCA 1998 Volunteer of the Year Award for the Mary Lou Washatka Center for Shelter Battered Women where she staffed the hotline for twelve years. A fanatical bridge player, mom had an extensive network of friends whom she played with three times a week. Also a voracious reader of 2-3 books a week; she had a large eclectic book collection. Services will be held Saturday, March 23rd, 12:30 p.m. at Saint Mary Magdalene Church, 1945 Illion St., SD, CA 92110 including a reception and celebration of Lydia's life in the church auditorium, followed by graveside services at 4:00 p.m. at El Camino Memorial, 5600 Carroll Canyon Road, SD, 92121. She was loved by many and will stay in our hearts forever. In lieu of flowers, mom would have asked for donations to the YWCA Battered Women's Center. YWCA of San Diego County: 1012 C Street, San Diego, CA 92101. Or online www. give/monetary-donation (In Lydia Doering's name). Mom's favorite two words were, "Thank you".

Published in U-T San Diego on Mar. 20, 2013
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