Gussefeld, Dorthea Louise

Female 1912 - 2003  (90 years)


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  • Name Gussefeld, Dorthea Louise 
    Born 22 Oct 1912  San Jose, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 10 May 2003  San Mateo County, Caifornia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I24695  Ronneberg Family
    Last Modified 18 Dec 2018 

    Father Gussefeld, William Frederich,   b. 7 Feb 1850, Kremkau, Saxony, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jun 1932  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Waatti, Hildagard Sophia Esaiasdotter,   b. 19 Dec 1882, Pyhajarvi, Finland (Central Finland) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Nov 1921, San Francisco, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Married 2 Jul 1912  Santa Clara County, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F8614  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Hall, Lawrence Belknap,   b. 27 Jun 1908, Santa Clara County, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1994, Honolulu, Honolulu, Hawaii Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 28 Dec 1935  San Jose, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Hall, C.L.
     2. Hall, Diana Cecile,   b. 13 Mar 1944, Bakersfield, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 May 1998, Park City, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
    Family ID F8723  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Miller, Ed 
    Family ID F19972  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Dunham, Bud 
    Family ID F8725  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 4 Dutton, Harry A. 
    Married 12 Apr 1981  San Mateo County, Caifornia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F8726  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Dorothea liked to travel and she liked people. She traveled extensively and had an unusually broad view of people. She was a wonderful resource to me (Terres Ronneberg) regarding the Gussefeld and Waatti families.

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      Dorothea Dutton was born on October 22, 1912, in San Jose. Thea and her sister, Hilda, enjoyed growing up in what was then a bucolic Santa Clara Valley.

      Early on, Thea developed an interest in music and she studied the piano for many years. Music remained a lifelong love, as did all of the arts.

      After graduating from San Jose State Univeersity, Thea became an elementary school teacher.

      In 1935, she married tennis player Larry Belknap Hall and two years later, the newlyweds embarked on an around-the-world trip, during which Larry played at Wimbleton. This trip inspired what would become Thea’s permanent interest in travel and in other cultures.

      thea and Larry had two daughters, Cynthia and Diana, both during the war years.

      In 1957, Thea married Robert James Dunham, jr. She and “Bud” traveled extensively and became actively involved in foreign student programs, hosting, over the years, many international students with whom they established lasting friendships.

      Widowed, Thea married Harry Arnold Dutton in 1981 and helped raise his two sons. David and Matthew. Thea and harry took several facinating trips and shared a keen interest in politics and in the enviornment. In 1987, they moved to The Sequoias, a retiremtent community, where they delighted to make many new interestng friends.

      Although Thea suffered tragic losses, she regarded herself as lucky to have had such a wonderful life. Her many friends admired her graciousness, compassion, and her varied interests. She strongly believed in the golden rule and exemplified it in her daily life. Thea is survived by her eldest daughter, Cynthis Louise Hall; granddaughter Kimberly Clark; son-in-law Darryl Hamerton; nieces Nan Collet and Kris Grant, and by nephew Terres Lance Ronneberg.

    Buried:
    • Cremated and ashes given to surviving child: Cynthia Hall


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