Shishim, Dorothy Florence (Baumgartner) passed away on April 4, 2008. She was taken from us quickly and unexpectedly. She did not suffer and we are thankful that she is safely home in Heaven for eternity. Dorothy was born on October 2, 1928 in Pembine, Wisconsin. She moved to California in 1951. Dorothy has made Hawthorne her home for the last 48 years. She is preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, George Shishim, who passed away in 1996. Also preceding is her beloved eldest daughter, Nancy Mielke, who passed away in 2007. Dorothy was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who spent her happiest moments surrounded by her family. As her daughters grew older, Dorothy found time to work outside the home as a bookkeeper/accountant for over 20 years. After retiring from her job, Dorothy spent endless hours volunteering her time to various clubs and organizations in Hawthorne. She was also extremely active in the local VFW Post 2075. Dorothy was an avid gambler and thoroughly enjoyed several trips to Laughlin, Nevada each year to participate in their annual slot tournaments. Dorothy is survived by her daughters: Georgette (Michael) Nadal, Brenda (Timothy) Sullivan, and Peggy Shishim; son-in-law, Richard Mielke; six grandchildren: Sarah Mielke, Nathan Mielke, Meagan Nadal, Lindsey Nadal, Alyssa Sullivan, and Zachary Smith; her sister, Viola Kristoff; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends that will feel the weight of her loss forever. In lieu of flowers we ask that you donate to a favorite charity in her honor. The Long Beach Memorial Medical Center Foundation, The American Cancer Society, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Fund were three of her favorites, as she had been so personally touched by these causes in her own life. Services will be held on April 8, 2008 at 11:30a.m. at St. Catherine Laboure Church in Torrance, California. Dorothy will be laid to rest at Riverside National Cemetery with her husband, George, during a private graveside service on April 9, 2008.

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  1. Wow, Dorothy was a special lady to me because she was the mother of my best friend Nancy. I grew to love her in the short time I knew her and saw her devotion to her family. She was a very special lady and I will miss her. My heartfelt sympathy to all of her family.

  2. To The Shishim Family… My sincerest condolences on the loss of Dorothy Florence Shishim… and on your very recent loss of Nancy Shishim Mielke. I ran across Dorothy’s obituary as I was searching for Leuzinger High Teachers who have passed away. I am the adminstrator for Leuzinger’s Class of 1981 Website. I attended St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Hawthorne California. Sometimes sitting a few rows behind my Dad and me would be Brenda and Peggy Shishim of Our Class of 1981. Sincerely, Terrence Poublon ’81

  3. Dear Georgette, Brenda & Peggy, I’m so sorry to hear the lost of your Mother. She was a great person and a loving Aunt & friend. She will be missed by all of us. Now that she is home again with God , your dad and sister, she will always be watching over all of you. You’ve all in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Marilyn & Sam Prudy

  4. To my friends- Brenda And Peggy, although I have not seen you both in forever, i have wonderful memories- I just found that your mom and sister have both passed- and I know that there is nothing that can be said to ease your pain- I still wish I could…I just want you to both know that I wish you the best and I’m sending you much love…Lisa Bell 81′

  5. Dear Brenda and Tim and Alyssa, I am so sorry I could not be with you today. Know you are in my prayers, and thoughts. Brenda, it’s hard to lose your Mom, if you ever need to talk I am always here for you. I am now going to make a donation to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in your Mom’s name. I am going to have a mass said for her by my friend Fr. Ben and we will put her name in the book of prayers at church. You are a wonderful tribute to a parent’s legacy as are your sisters and their beautiful families. Your mom will always live in you! Speak of her often and I promise she will stay in your heart and mind always. I love you! Maggie

  6. Thank you for this wonderful tribute to such a special lady. My prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time. Karen

  7. Dear Nana, I love you with all my heart! I’m so sorry i wasn’t able to be there for your passing. i know that you are in a better place and I thank god for that. I’ll Always love you and miss you where ever you are! Please say hi to Grandpa and Aunt Nancy. I LOVE YOU! XOXOXOXOXOXOXO

  8. Grandma Dorothy will be missed by all who was lucky enough to be a part of her life. Until we meet again.

  9. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your family. Our memories of Mother Dorothy will always be remember, our trip to Hawaii where we met both her and George on their 25th wedding anniversay to our frequent trips to Califoria. Always a warm welcome and a hug filled with love. She will missed by all. God bless you Mother Dorothy~ To our extended family please know that we are thinking of you. We love you.

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