Dorothy Rita Grahn

September 19, 1927April 20, 2021

Dorothy Rita Grahn, beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away peacefully after a long, full life of 93 years, on April 20, 2021, surrounded by her children.

Dorothy was born September 19, 1927 in New York City to John C. Hollman and Helen Marie Gee, and was the second of five children. She married John Wesley Grahn on August 20, 1949 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in New York City.

Dorothy graduated from the Central School for Practical Nurses in New York City on August 31, 1950 and became a Licensed Practical Nurse. She spent her early married life in New York City until making a home in Alexandria, Virginia, where she and John raised four children until 1970, when they moved to Aurora, Colorado where they spent the remainder of their lives.

She and John were happily married for 43 years. Dorothy returned to work as a Dental Assistant to an Oral Surgeon after the children were grown. They were avid bowlers, enjoyed playing cards, taking trips to Hawaii and Las Vegas, and visiting family, their grown children and grandchildren.

Known by her friends as Dot or Dottie, she enjoyed her membership in TOPS Aurora, achieved the status of KOPS Queen, and was awarded a trip to Canada. She was very close to her sisters and brother, enjoyed her hobbies of crocheting and sewing, and blessed so many with her beautiful afghans, baby blankets, and sewing projects. She also spent years decorating cakes for Boy Scout Troops, family, friends, and organizations for special occasions, where her artistry shined.

Dorothy was a loyal and faithful member of the Lutheran Church throughout her life and a long-time member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Aurora. She served in many ways, donating her talents and time to the church and its charitable endeavors.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband John, father John, mother Helen, sisters Helen Carr and Mary Hollman, brother John Hollman and brother -in-law Thomas Carr. She is survived by her children Allison (Floyd), Renee, Keith, Jeanine (Chris), sister Joan Jones and brother-in-law John Jones, sister-in-law Phyllis Hollman and several nieces, nephews, seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

She will be laid to rest with John in Ft. Logan National Cemetery. Visiting and graveside services will be held on April 28, 2021. She will remain in our hearts forever and will be missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021


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Jeanine McAuliffe

April 28, 2021

One of Mom's favorite things - a visit with the sisters in Colorado Springs and lunch at the German Restaurant! With Aunt Mary, Renee, Braeden, Aunt Joan, Uncle John, Mom, Me - April 23, 2016

Kristi Hunter

April 28, 2021

Jeanine and I became good friends in high school so I have many fond memories of spending time at Jeanine’s home with her family. Dottie was a loving mother in so many ways! I remember her caring spirit and sense of humor! She was always working on some crocheting or sewing project, which she was very talented at! She even made my bridesmaid dresses for my wedding, which of course Jeanine was in! They all turned out so beautiful! Although she will be missed, Dottie’s spirit will continue to live in Jeanine and her family. Love, Kristi

Lindsay McAuliffe

April 26, 2021

Grandma has passed her love of crochet on to me and I have a fond memory of staying the night with her when I visited CSU a few years ago where we watched TV, chatted and both worked on our current crochet projects. I have one of the Afghans she made me on my lap as I type this. Thank you, grandma!

Patty Brooks

April 26, 2021

Happy to have done Dottie's hair for many years will miss her smiling face and sense of humor so glad I was able to see her so often love to your family

Jeanine McAuliffe

April 24, 2021

A beautiful photo of the early years in Alexandria, Virginia, in front of our home on Ronson Drive. This family photo was the first thing I saw, every time I came home, for as long as I can remember! Mom circa 1960 as a young wife and mother ❤

Diane Germain

April 22, 2021

I have fond memories of going to Women of Faith with Allison and Dorothy. I can still smell the perfume :)

We had some good times! Rest In Peace Dorothy!