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Dorothy Rosenquist passed away August 21, 2010, at age 97 after a long struggle to recover her health following a fall in June of 2004. Dorothy had been a long-time resident of Rancho Palos Verdes, a home she had enjoyed with her sister Lorraine for over 35 years. Dorothy was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, graduating from South High School in 1930. In 1935, after job-exploration for 5 years, Dorothy began working for Sears, Roebuck & Company, where she remained until she retired some 33 years later. When the family decided to leave the cold winters of Minneapolis for the warmth of Southern California in 1945, Sears had a policy of not granting transfers for employees who wanted to re-locate, one of those enlightened policies of the good-old days. However, for Dorothy and her two sisters, Lorraine and Bea, all stellar employees of Sears in Minneapolis, "arrangements" were made to re-hire Dorothy and her sisters when they arrived in Los Angeles. So much for policy. Dorothy quickly moved up the ladder at Sears and spent most of her career as a "control buyer" for the Sears Western Division catalog - when Sears still had a catalog. Dorothy retired early from Sears in 1968 in order to have more time to do other things she wanted to do. In her long retirement, she traveled to places as far-ranging as Hong Kong, the Great Wall of China, Japan, Africa, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and of course Canada and Hawaii. Oh, and a few trips across the United States and several up and down the West Coast, mostly by car. When she wasn't traveling, Dorothy enjoyed fine needlepoint, oil painting, playing music on her electronic organ, learning languages, hiking along the coast, and cooking. Dorothy was truly a woman ahead of her time. Dorothy is survived by one sister, Bea Leader; nieces, Juel Ann North and Janet Foss; nephews, Mark and Chris Leader, Dan and David Rosenquist, and Bill North; and one grand-nephew, Evan Foss. A graveside memorial service for family and friends will be held at the Court of Liberty, Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills at 11 AM, Saturday, August 28. Drive just inside the main gate and stop along the curb and wait to be led to the Court of Liberty by the funeral director. Plan to arrive at the gate by 11 AM. If you're late, ask at the Information Center in front of the main gate for directions and a map. Reception to follow. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Aug. 25, 2010
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