Dorothea E. Ruckdaschel, born August 13, 1916 in the small town of Hutchinson, Minnesota, passed away on February 11, 2010 at the age of 93. She was the 9th of 12 children to German immigrant parents, Martha Dobberstein and Albert Roepke. She was a courageous woman who left her large family in Minnesota to seek new beginnings in California in 1940. She settled for a few years in Glendale with her now deceased husband, Curtis E. Ruckdaschel, until they moved to their first home in Redondo Beach. It was in Redondo where they had their one and only son, Guy Curtis, who they adored and raised amidst the beauty of the sun, sea, and surf. They later moved to the hills and canyons of nearby Rancho Palos Verdes, where they eventually stayed for over 40 years. Dorothea is survived by her son, Guy Curtis, daughter-in-law, Sandra, and grandson, Marc. She was the last of the 12 children to leave this earth but was blessed with many nieces and nephews. She led a good life and gave back to the community. She donated to several causes and volunteered at Torrance Memorial Medical Center for over 30 years. A true minimalist, she left this world the same way she started,....with a clean slate. She will truly be missed. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to Torrance Memorial Healthcare Foundation 3330 Lomita Blvd West Tower Torrance CA, 90505. In the name of Dorathea Ruckdaschel.

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  1. Guy, Sandra, and Marc, Our sincerest thoughts and prayers go out to you and all of those who love and miss your Mom.

  2. Guy & Sandra, Our deepest condolences to you & family. I’m glad I was able to meet both your mom & father. They are now finally together. Remember & cherish the good memories spent together. Respectfully, Collene, Oscar & Family

  3. We will all miss her. She was the last. Fond memories. Best wishes to all of you. Craig, Karen, Spirit, Cat, and Ali.

  4. Dear Guy, Sandra and Marc, We are so sorry for your loss. These words of remembrance that you offer us are touching and very lovely. Our thoughts are with you, hoping your memories of her bring you happiness. With Love, Damien and Jen and kids.

  5. Guy and Sondra- We are so sorry for your loss, although like with my grandmother, we are lucky to have had them here for so long. She was the last and now all the siblings and spouses are together again. Take care. Cris and Jim Stetler

  6. Guy, Sandra, and Marc, We are sorry for your loss. Rest assured she is in a better place now & at peace. We wish you well & all our love to you. Eddie, Marisal & family

  7. Guy~Sandra~Marc, You were blessed to have your beautiful mother and grandmother in your lives for such a long time… Rest in peace Dorathea.

  8. Sorry to hear of your Moms passing. I have many good memories of our years as neighbors. Let me know if their is anything I can help with.

  9. We are so sorry for the loss of your Mother & Grandmother. She was loved by many and the last of her generation to leave us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. With Love, Karen, Bruce & Steven

  10. I am so glad we were able to spend a wonderful evening with Dorothea on our last visit to CA, in Guy and Sandra’s beautiful “new” home. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. As always, with warmest Aloha, Linda

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