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Dorothy Irma Pendleton


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Dorothy Irma Pendleton Obituary
Dorothy Irma Pendleton
Resident of San Jose
Dorothy, 86, passed away peacefully at home on August 7, 2018, surrounded by her four loving children. Dorothy was born on June, 24, 1932 in Berkeley, CA to Jerome and Irma Becker. She graduated from Lodi High School in 1950, followed with a degree in Journalism from San Jose State University in 1954. While at SJSU she met the love of her life, Douglas Pendleton, who was studying law at Hastings Law School in San Francisco. They married in 1956 in Lodi, California and spent 50 devoted years together in San Jose until his passing in 2007.
Dorothy dedicated her life to her family and her faith. She was a true family matriarch, amazingly strong and always supportive of and caring to her children and grandchildren, and she worked tirelessly as a caregiver to her husband during the last eight years of his life. She lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures: gardening in her lovely yard, visiting with friends and family, attending Catholic Church services every Sunday, and never missing a Giants baseball game on TV.
After raising her four children, Dorothy ran her husband's busy law office for more than 20 years. She was a member of the Santa Clara County Law Advocates as well as a member on the Santa Clara County Grand Jury.
Dorothy is survived by her children Jeff Pendleton (Dawn), Julie Pendleton, Jennifer Janssen (Jeff) and John Pendleton (Nurit), and her grandchildren Nicole, Lauren, Bradley, Arlo and Mischa. She is also survived by her brother, Jerry Becker (Cathy), her cousin, Claire Eckart, and her nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, August 13 at 12:00 p.m. at Saint Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 200 O'Connor Drive, San Jose. Entombment will follow in Saint Joseph Mausoleum, Santa Clara Mission Cemetery.


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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Aug. 10, 2018
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