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Dagmar K. Schnauss

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May 6, 1926 - May 6, 2015 Dagmar Schnauss was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She passed away on her 89th birthday. She was born in Chicago, IL on May 6, 1926, to Elizabeth Sauerland and Ludwig R. Krahforst. At the age of 5, she was sent to live in Aachen, Germany with her paternal grandparents. She returned to the U.S. in 1934 and lived with Elizabeth and Elbert Searle and their daughter Marguerite in Eagle Rock, CA until she was 21. Dagmar's friendship with Marguerite would deepen later in their adult lives, and Dagmar counted her as one of her nearest and dearest friends until her passing in 1995. Dagmar worked in post-WW2 Germany as a translator for the U.S. government, and later met her future husband, Edwin "Bob" Schnauss in Alexandria, VA. They married in 1957 and relocated to Southern California, eventually settling in the Westchester neighborhood of Los Angeles where they would spend the next 54 years together until Bob's death in 2012. Dagmar and Bob raised their children here, and enjoyed their home, garden, theatre, friends, and travel. Dagmar passed away at home, with her daughter Lisa and close family friend Sheila Condit by her side. She was well taken care of by caregivers who made her smile and laugh through the last years of her life. She is also survived by her son, Jim, and grandchildren Marta, Frederick, and Simone Anex-Schnauss of Seattle, WA. Dagmar believed in the importance of doing good deeds at the local level, and did so as she was able, whether taking elderly neighbors or acquaintances grocery shopping, or volunteering in the community. She was active for many years through the Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Monica. There will be no memorial service, but in her memory a kind act however you are able or a donation to Amnesty International, The Southern Poverty Law Center, or The Unitarian Universalist Church in Santa Monica would be much appreciated.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 3 to June 7, 2015
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