Dorothy Irene Krikstanas

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  • "My dearest friend, you taught me so much during our visits..."
  • "To a WONDERFUL women . I was privileged to call my friend...."
    - Marua Marchionni
  • "Dotty, I will miss seeing you walk by the house on your way..."
    - dori hawkey
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January 31, 1920 ~ March 19, 2011

Dorothy Irene Krikstanas, 91, went peacefully into the night March 19, 2011 to be with "her Jesus" on St. Joseph's Day. She is now reunited with her sister Charlotte and her Mama and Papa. Dotty left the Ray Hicky Hospice House in Vancouver, WA, with her body covered with the American Flag, clutching her Rosary.
Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey on January 31, 1920 and was known by many names during her life: Corporal Krikstanas, Cricket, Dotty, Sister Mary of Mercy, and Katherine.
During WWII she joined the Woman's Army Air Corp as a meteorologist and stationed in Paris and was involved in the determination of when D-Day was to occur. "We picked a day of poor weather to fool the Germans."
Dotty then joined God's army as she entered The Monastery of the Angels, the Cloistered Dominican Nuns. "Sister Mary of Mercy" but left when her sister became ill. She never forgot her training and her calling and remained a devote Dominican leading a life of service to her fellow man.
During her younger years she was an officer and active member of Senatus of the Legion of Mary in New York City. She received much recognition for her outstanding contributions.
In 1995 she and her sister Charlotte moved to Vancouver and continued to live a simple life. Gardening and her flowers took up some of Dotty's time.
Dotty was a volunteer throughout her whole life. She continued until the ripe age of 89 to volunteer at the Nursing homes and would go and visit with the "old people", many of them younger than she was. She would devoutly go daily to Holy Rosary Church in Portland.
Dotty contributed not only her time to causes but would also donate part of her meager income. She was passionate about her work with the anti-abortion movement and up to the end was a figure on the picket lines at the clinic.
She loved children and they her. Friends and adopted family kept a vigil around Dotty's bedside during her last week on earth with Cathy Salek and Lydia Keksi coordinating the wonderful volunteers.
She was loved and will be fondly missed by many.
A funeral Mass will be at 12 noon, Thursday, March 24, 2011, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Portland. Recitation of the Rosary will precede the Mass at 11:30 a.m. Grave side will be at 2:30 p.m. at Mother Joseph Cemetery in Vancouver.
Contributions could be made to the Ray Hickey House in Vancouver or to a favorite charity.
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 22, 2011
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