Obituaries » Dorothy Helen Kinnunen
January 21, 1931 - April 3, 2017
Dorothy Helen Kinnunen, 86, passed away on April 3, 2017. She was born Jan. 21, 1931 in Vancouver, WA to John L. and Mary A. Fox. Dorothy was baptized at St. James Catholic Church and attended Providence Academy in Vancouver.
She belonged to St. James parish as a child and on May 13th, 1950, Dorothy married Elroy E. Kinnunen. Together they had eight children. While raising the children, she was a faithful member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
She worked at Nabisco in Portland, OR and in her free time enjoyed dancing, sewing, and gardening.
In her later years, she resided at St. Anthony’s Village, which allowed her to walk to daily mass.
Dorothy is survived by her sister, Sr. Mary Fox; eight children: Rosemary Jeffries (husband Patrick), Suzanne Kinnunen, Paulajo Briones (husband Bryan), Kathy Brajcich (husband George), Janice Kinnunen (husband Dax), Charles Kinnunen (wife Ann), David Kinnunen, and Joel Kinnunen (wife Stephanie); fifteen grandchildren; and seventeen great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Elroy; father, John L.; mother, Mary A.; brother, John R.; and baby sister, Delores.
Service will be held on April 20, 2017 at Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater in Vancouver, WA. Rosary service will begin at 8:20 a.m. with mass and reception to follow.