June 29, 1920 - January 28, 2021 Dorothy Allison Tielens, a resident of the Palos Verdes area since 1961, died peacefully at her home on January 28, 2021 surrounded by her family who deeply loved her. Dorothy was born in Brawley, California, on June 29, 1920, to Wallace and Dorothy (Allen) Fewel. She spent most of her younger years in Mesa, Arizona, as an intelligent, precocious only child, becoming known not only for her intellect, but her beauty and coloratura soprano singing voice. She was Valedictorian of her class of 1937 at Mesa High School, graduating a year early as a result of having skipped a grade. Dorothy moved to Southern California and at the age of 17 landed a job singing beautiful arias to spellbound customers at the famous Clifton's Cafeteria on Broadway St. in downtown Los Angeles. In her early twenties she was approached by Hollywood and was offered a singing part in a movie, but she turned it down as she had married and became pregnant with her first child. Her life then went on a different path. In the 1950's she found herself a divorced mother of four. However, fortune smiled upon her when she met Julian Tielens, a local builder doing small jobs, at a Christian Science Church. They married and lived in Torrance, California, and two years later had a daughter, Janet. Dorothy saw potential in the building business and took to it like a fish to water. Together, through hard work, determination, and a "can do" attitude, they built a successful business over the next five decades. They were married for 54 years. Dorothy was very involved with the Christian Science Church her whole life. It was a lifelong study for her, and many peopletoo many to countturned to her in time of need for spiritual support and were immeasurably blessed. Until just a few years ago Dorothy was very involved in the day-to-day operation of her business. She loved chatting with her tenants, many of whom have been with her for over 30-40 years, and they loved her back. She enjoyed daily walks around the ballpark located across her street well into her 90's, loved cooking, playing bridge, and reading. Her favorite television shows were Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and Shark Tank. She rarely missed an episode. Dorothy is survived by four daughters, Nancy Marks of Pacific Palisades, Diane Alms of Laguna Beach, Cheryl (Steven) Robinson of Pacific Palisades, and Janet (Robert) Stearns of Palos Verdes Estates. Her son, Ronald (Deborah) Blanchard of Lake Elsinore predeceased her by 6 months. She is also predeceased by her husband Julian Tielens, who passed away in 2014. She leaves behind 15 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Mar. 21, 2021.