Dorothy Marie MacNealy died on April 10, 2012, two days after celebrating her 102nd birthday. She died at Channel Point Village, which had been her home since 2003.
Born Draga Maria Dujmovic’, Dorothy was the oldest child of Philip and Rose Dujmovic’ who had settled in Minnesot after emigrating from Croatia. She grew up in the towns of the northern Minnesota mining range. Dorothy’s father worked in the mines and eventually settled on a farm near Crosby, Minnesota. The many moves made getting through school difficult but Dorothy finally graduated from high school at age twenty-two. She then enrolled at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. She graduated in 1936. Her career as a nurse began in the Twin Cities but she eventually came west where the family had moved. She worked as a hospital nurse until enlisting in the U.S. Army in May of 1941. After some stateside duty Dorothy was sent to the Southwest Pacific. She was stationed in Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines, where she met her future husband, Dennis. With the rank of Captain, she was discharged in 1946.
In 1947, Dorothy married Dennis MacNealy, the soldier she had nursed back to health in the Philippines. They divorced two years later. She then went back to school and received a degree in Public Health Nursing from the University of Washington. After working for the Health Department, Dorothy started the Practical Nursing Program at Grays Harbor College. She continued in that position until 1959. By that time she had reunited with Dennis and they both gained teaching degrees from the University of Washington. She taught at AJ West and Central Park Elementary schools. She retired in 1972. Dennis retired from the Aberdeen School District in 1977.
Once retired, they enjoyed traveling throughout the US, visiting family and friends. Dorothy traveled to all 50 states. They also traveled to Croatia, to visit family and to Paris to visit Dennis’ brother. The traveling ended when Dennis suffered a second stroke in 1989.
Dorothy remained active in her church, the Cosi Golden Agers and as a volunteer Ombudsman. In 2003, she moved to Channel Point Village in Hoquiam. There she made many new friends. She enjoyed playing bingo, Polish Poker, and listening to the many musicians who came to entertain the residents. Most of all she enjoyed her role as “teacher”.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis; stepson, Denny; sisters, Ann Potts, Mary Dick, Zory Johnson, Violet Brown; and brothers, Matt and Mike Donovick.
Dorothy is survived by her son, Phil (Nancy) MacNealy and his family, Courtney (Thomas) MacNealy-Koch and Erin MacNealy; stepson, Patrick (Debbie) MacNealy and his family, Alison (Derek) Smith, Amy MacNealy and Ashley (Philip) Raby; the family of Denny, Chris (Villa) MacNealy and Sandra MacNealy, and Karann MacNealy; sister, Kathryn Yakovich; cousin, Anne Manenica and numerous nieces and nephews.
A viewing will be held at Coleman Mortuary, 422 - 5th Street in Hoquiam from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 27, 2012, with a service being held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2012, at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Aberdeen with Father Dale McQueen officiating. Internment, with military honors, will take place at 3:00 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Park in Hoquiam.
Donations may be made to Feed the Hungry or Habitat for Humanity.
Arrangements are by the Coleman Mortuary, 422 – 5th Street in Hoquiam.
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