Former Juneau resident, Dorothy Louise Messerschmidt, 66, died Feb. 1, 2002, in Forks, Wash.
She was born Feb. 11, 1935, in Longview, Wash., to Clifford L. and Gladys C. (Dodge) Robards. She graduated from Juneau High School in 1954. Dorothy and George Henry Messerschmidt were married on Sept. 3, 1954, in Anchorage and lived in Anchorage, Juneau, and Fairbanks, Alaska, and in Kent and Forks, Wash.
Her family and friends remember her as a loving wife, mother and homemaker. Her gifts and talents were demonstrated in music, gardening, handiwork, knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, quilting, doll-making, and sewing.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, and brother, George Robards. She is survived by her husband, George Messerschmidt, Forks, Wash.; sons George Messerschmidt and wife, Geri, Juneau, Dr. Steven Messerschmidt and wife, Lisa, Juneau, Kris Messerschmidt and wife, Vonnie, Forks, Wash., Dr. Forrest Messerschmidt and wife, Sandra, Juneau, and Bruce Messerschmidt and wife, Stacey, Tok; brothers Clifford Robards, Sitka, and John Robards, Castle Rock, Wash., sister Ruth (Robards) Black, Seattle; sister-in-law, Roberta A. Spartz, Juneau, and brother-in-law Donald A. Messerschmidt of Vancouver, Wash., and Nepal; and 12 grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Feb. 9, 2002, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Forks, Wash. Another memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, March 9, 2002, at St. Brendan's Episcopal Church, 4207 Mendenhall Loop Road, Juneau. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Shriners Hospital for Children, Portland, 3101 Southwest Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland OR 97201.
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