Dolores Hanigan Johnson
January 9, 1920 – January 24, 2019
Dolores (Irene) Hanigan Johnson was born in Denver, Colorado on January 9, 1920, to Joseph and Melita Hanigan. Her mother died before Dolores was four years old and her father took her to live in California on 75th Street in Los Angeles. Living nearby was the Sundbom family where she met what was to become her lifelong friend, Agnes. When Dolores was seven her father married Ruth Strange.
Dolores graduated from Fremont High School in 1938 and then attended Los Angeles Community College where she earned her A.A. degree in 1940 and later went on to work for the Southern California Gas Company until her retirement.
Dolores married her high school sweetheart, Arthur Johnson, on June 29, 1942 at Immanuel Lutheran Church just days before Art reported for active duty with the Army where he served in Europe for three and a half years. After the war, Dolores and Art built their home in Ladera Heights(lot was $3,500, house $15,000) where she lived until her death. Their marriage lasted for more than 50 years.
Dolores and Art traveled all over the world including Sweden (many times to visit Art’s relatives), China, Yugoslavia, Morocco, Canada and much of the United States. After Art’s death in 2001, Dolores continued to travel with friends and make an annual trip with her goddaughter Louise to Red Bluff, CA to visit her friend Agnes and goddaughter Diane. She was with her friend when Agnes died in 2011.
Dolores loved keeping busy. She enjoyed spending time at Grace Lutheran Church, including serving on the Church Council for many years. She always had a cat and in her later years often took care of the feral cats in her neighborhood. She was an avid reader of the Los Angeles Times, reading it cover to cover, especially to keep up with the Lakers, and kept a pile of books next to her bed, where she often read late into the night. She also loved going out to eat with friends and socializing with people of all ages and was always interested to learn about everyone she met.
Dolores was known for her beautiful smile, sparkling eyes, wry sense of humor, and interest in everyone she met, no matter their age or position. She will be sorely missed by her many friends and loved ones.
- Funeral Service Friday, February 8, 2019
- Reception Friday, February 8, 2019
- Graveside Service Saturday, February 9, 2019
Dolores Hanigan Johnson
January 31, 2019
JANUARY 31, 2019
DOLORES AND ART WERE MEMBERS OF IMMANUEL WHEN I WAS A CHILD. MY PARENTS AND THEY WERE GREAT FRIENDS.
AS I GREW OLDER, THEIR FRIENDSHIP CONTINUED. DOLORES HOSTED MY WEDDING SHOWER IN HER LOVELY HOME. MY HUSBAND AND I ATTENDED HER 90th BIRTHDAY PARTY.
LIKE MY MOM, DOLORES WAS SMART, WITTY, KIND, AND VERY BEAUTIFUL. I AM SO GLAD SHE WAS PART OF OUR LIVES.
JANELLE AND TOM FANSLOW
January 30, 2019
Words cannot express how much I will miss Dolores--a VERY special friend whom I have known my entire life!! Shortly after my parents married in 1946, they joined Immanuel Lutheran Church in Los Angeles, where they met our friends Dolores and Art, along with many other wonderful people whose bond of friendship continued long after Immanuel closed its doors.
I always thought of Dolores as a role model. I admired her appreciation for "the finer things in life" and her ability to be the perfect hostess in her beautiful home--whether she was entertaining a large group for a special occasion--or serving coffee to a couple of friends who dropped by unexpectedly. Vacationers stayed overnight so frequently at Dolores's home that I sometimes wondered if they thought that her home was a "Bed and Breakfast!"
Dolores and Art were totally committed to each other and to their faith. After Art suffered a series of strokes and was in a nursing home for seven years, Dolores sat by his bedside for several hours every day, while she maintained her active involvement in several committees at Grace Lutheran.
When my mom became very sick, she and Dolores talked on the phone every night. After my mom died, Dolores made sure that she spoke with me every night to check on me. She always listened carefully and sympathetically to my sad tales; and then, she would offer wise, compassionate advice, always ending our conversation with a little humor.
I will certainly miss Dolores, but I am glad to know that she has been reunited with her beloved Art and all of the rest of her loved ones in Heaven. I will think of Dolores every day, feeling grateful to have had such a wonderful friend for so MANY years! -------"The Song is Ended, But the Melody Lingers On..."
January 29, 2019
Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. 2 Corinthians 1:3 shows us that God is the father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort. May you find comfort in this Bible truth.
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