Dorothy Jean Powers (nee Zirkelbach)
May 29, 1927 – April 07, 2011
Dorothy was born in Milwaukee, WI, and moved to Chicago where her father, George, was an executive at Colgate.
Her father died when Dorothy was only three. Her widowed mother, Clara, drove her family across the country to California in 1936. On the adventurous trip were Dorothy Jean, her two older brothers, George and Bob, and a puppy.
In California, the family settled in Glendale where Dotti attended Holy Family Catholic School, graduating in 1947. At Holy Family, she was voted prom queen. She stayed close to her classmates from the Class of 1947 enjoying annual (or twice annual!) reunions.
After high school she enjoyed working at Security Bank in Glendale and bought a convertible Chevrolet. After a four-year courtship, Dorothy married Bob Powers on June 27, 1954, in Glendale. She had two children Nancy and Jim (wife Mary).