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Dorothy Jeanne Papa

Obituary for Dorothy Jeanne Papa

February 5, 1926 - November 26, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 92


Dorothy Jeanne Papa, 92, passed away quietly at home on November 26, 2018 after a short illness. She was born to Ray and Elsie Olson in Kingsley, Iowa on February 5, 1926. She met her husband Albert at a USO dance and they settled in San Antonio after he graduated from the University of Texas in Austin. Dorothy worked as a hairdresser/receptionist until they welcomed their first child in 1954. Later, she worked alongside Albert in their drugstore in Terrell Plaza to handle the large gift and cosmetics departments.

Dorothy, known as "Jeanne" to all her friends during her married life, was active in different clubs and activities, such as the Women's Pharmaceutical Auxiliary and local Garden Clubs, but she discovered her true passion as a porcelain decorator over 50 years ago. She counted many fellow porcelain decorators as some of her closest friends and enjoyed meeting a number of them at various conventions and seminars. Jeanne belonged to and was recognized by numerous local, state, and international organizations. She was still actively working on designing and completing several projects until shortly before her death.

Dorothy was preceded in death by both of her parents and her husband of 66 years, Albert Papa.

She is survived by her sister, Laverne Hiemstra; her daughter Katherine Nichols and her husband John, and son Albert, Papa, Jr. and his wife Irene; grandchildren Shannon Papa, Stacey Gentry and her husband Ron, Jessica Carmichael and her husband Archie, and Steven Papa; great-grandchildren Caleb and Holland Gentry, and Landon Papa; her sister's daughter Karen Cannaley and her family, and her sister's son, Mark Griggs; and several cousins.

There will be a visitation on Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 3:00-5:00 pm at Porter Loring Mortuary North. The graveside ceremony at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery will be conducted privately for the family on Monday, December 10, 2018.

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