Wolfe, Rose Marie Marie Wolfe, a 63 year resident of Orange, passed away March 2, 2020. Born February 6, 1927 in Oklahoma, she was the daughter of the late Chet and Laura Cronkhite (nee Barron). Descendents of Dutch immigrants who settled in New Amsterdam in the 1630s, the Cronkhite family went to the Oklahoma Territory during the Fourth Land Rush. Marie spent her early childhood on the Cronkhite Ranch in Watonga, then a dugout with no indoor plumbing nor electricity. The Ranch House is now on the National Register as a Historical Landmark. In the early '30s her family settled in the Texas panhandle. 12 year-old Marie, armed with bow and arrow and a 22 rifle, the crack shot young girl brought home the rabbits for their supper table. As the Dust Bowl turned the panhandle to sand, they migrated west via Rt. 66 with a puppy dog her father had given Marie whose bred was later learned to be coyote. The family settled on Mahanna St. in Long Beach. During high school, Marie worked at the local movie theater as newsreels played of WW II exploding. She graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic High in 1945 shortly before Armistice and went to work as a clothing model in Downtown LA's garment district. In January 1946 her friend, Marcella, introduced her to Bill Dickensheets, a rookie cop. The couple married on April 21st, Easter Sunday. Their first son, Larry, was born in '47, followed by Gary in '50 and Dennis in '52. In 1953 Bill volunteered for Air Force duty and as a 2nd Lt. was stationed in England. Marie followed with their little sons traveling for 7 days on a troop ship. After four months in a damp & cramped Manchester flat, she and the boys flew home. The couple divorced in 1954. Marie went to work for the Thrifty Drug Store chain scooping ice cream. She retired from Thrifty's 30 years later as a territory manager monitoring stores in California, Arizona & New Mexico. Marie was an original owner of an iconic Orange mid-century Eichler home and passed away there with her son Larry by her side. Survived by Larry, Gary, and Dennis (Shelly); 5 grandchildren; two nieces and a nephew, Rose Marie Wolfe rests in Fairhaven Memorial Park.
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Published in Orange County Register on Mar. 22, 2020.