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Dorothy Belle Richardson

January 24, 1928 ~ May 12, 2018 (age 90)
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  Dorothy Belle (Krogfoss) Richardson


Dorothy Belle Richardson, 90 years old of Long Beach, Ca. passed away peacefully in Norwalk, Ca.  in the presence of family. Dorothy was born in Hugo, Oklahoma to parents Brian and Mattie McDowell Haneline on January 24, 1928.  She attended Calif. State University Dominguez Hills where she earned a Master’s degree in English in 1976. Before retiring in 1992, she worked as a telecommunications supervisor and eventually a Professor of English.  Dorothy married Frederick D. Richardson in 1943 and had three children, April, Hank and John. In July 1990 she married Robert Krogfoss and lived in Bixby Knolls until his passing in 1995.

Dorothy was honored by Long Beach Memorial Hospital for her generous contributions to cancer research.  A plaque in her honor is displayed on the wall in the main lobby of the hospital. Dorothy was an avid fan of the Dodgers and loved listening to games on the radio.  She loved gardening, garage sales, long walks around the neighborhood and tutoring elementary children. Dorothy was a “Super Six” (family opinion) crossword puzzle solver, brilliant with words.  She is a lifelong lover of reading books of all genres. This strong, resilient, intelligent woman loved life fully and weathered life’s hard moments by keeping one foot in front of the other.

Dorothy is survived by her son, John Richardson, daughter April Octavian, daughter-in-law Susan Richardson, Grandsons Josh Richardson (Misty) and Brian Octavian, granddaughters Leslie Gelle (Josh) and Allison Leep (Grant), great grandchildren Max, Zane, Mara, Avery and Harper as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by husband Robert Krogfoss, son Frederick (Hank) Richardson and five siblings.

All of those who have been touched by Dorothy are invited to attend  her celebration of life to be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Destiny Funeral Home, 5443 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, Ca. 90805.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her honor to a Cancer charity of your choice or to Long Beach Memorial/Miller Children Hospital.  




Forever-fragrant garden

With beauty all around,

Blossoms of the rarest kind

Can easily be found.

No winter's chill now comes to me

No need to be disheartened,

I'll rest here now, forevermore

In God's eternal garden.

--Sherrie Bradley Neal

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