Dorothy A. Jerneycic passed away peacefully the afternoon of October 28, 2022, at City of Hope Hospital in Duarte, CA with family. She fought a fierce battle with metastatic esophageal cancer, never giving up.
Dorothy was born in Cleveland, OH and grew up in Ferndale, MI, a suburb of Detroit. She received her Bachelor’s degree from University of Detroit Mercy, followed by a Masters degree from University of Michigan. She followed her graduation with a few years of teaching at St Gabriel Catholic School, located in the remote town of Balaclava, Jamaica. That experience rewarded her with friendships, both teachers and students, that lasted a lifetime, including ongoing contact into this year.
When she returned to the states, she headed west with a friend from Jamaica, first teaching in a Catholic school, then at Garfield High School and finally spending the end of her teaching career at Eagle Rock High School. She taught thousands of students many subjects. She ended up spending 58 years in California, the last 20 enjoying retired life.
Her life was filled with travel, visiting numerous countries and continents, sometimes with friends and sometimes making friends. When she became an aunt, Dorothy, or Dottie as many of her friends would call her, earned a new nickname and became AD. Then travel included taking her niece and nephew to a dude ranch as a trip and a treat. She also traveled with family to many countries, including Slovenia, Croatia, Turkey, Greece, Austria and Germany to name a few. In later years, she made another trip to Spain following the steps of St Ignatius and made her long-desired trip to The Holy Land, again all with family. Dorothy made more than 100 trips back to Michigan to visit family.
She was proud of her Slovenian and Croatian heritage, and did considerable research, including visiting ancestor birthplaces and ongoing local Lodge activities. Dorothy loved art and was a docent for The Huntington Museum in San Marino for many years. A devout Catholic, she was active at St Rita’s Church in Sierra Madre, a local prayer group, and Mater Dolorosa Retreat House, a carryover from her time with the Passionists that ran St. Gabriel in Jamaica.
Dorothy is survived by her brother Frank (Maureen), their sons Dan (Laura), their children Lucas and Kylie, and Dave (Alisa), their children Noah, Zachary and Alexander. She is also survived by Theo and Chris Wolfs, sons of her late sister Julie (Vic) Wolfs.
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