With great sadness, we announce the passing of our beloved Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother Dolores (Fudgie to her husband, CookieDoe to grandkids) Christensen Werder.
She was born on Oct. 8,1922, to parents Mary and Rudy Christensen in Brooklyn, New York. She was selected to attend the Bishop McDonnell Memorial High School in Brooklyn, and after graduating went to work in the area dress shop. She soon left that and joined Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in Manhattan in the secretarial pool, and there she met her husband of 54 years, Kenneth Werder. They were married in 1944 by her favorite uncle, Father Joseph O’Connor and with the advent of and through the duration of World War II, traveled the country with our dad, who served as an aircraft navigator in the marines.
With the end of the war, she returned to work at Met Life living in Manhattan until 1958, with the arrival of a beloved daughter, Virginia (Nina) Marie. Two years later, sister Elizabeth (Beth) Ann joined, and their family was complete! Mom’s greatest desire in life was to be a mother, and she was truly wonderful at it!
With Ken’s transfer to the Midwest in 1963, they settled and built a home in Morton, the town that Dolores always considered home. Dolores raised Nina and Beth there for 16 years, and never forgot the kindness, friendship, and generosity of her neighbors throughout her life there. After retiring briefly to Margate, Florida, Ken and Doe settled in Sun City, Arizona, and enjoyed traveling to visit daughter Beth and her family in California, and Nina and her family in nearby Surprise, Arizona. Mom loved traveling, and so loved our family trips to Hawaii and Family holidays. She had a very sharp wit, and a funny turn of phrase that entertained us through her entire life. But there was nothing she loved more than children and caring for her grandchildren, the lights of her life. And the grandchildren never ceased to be amused by Grandma’s Brooklyn accent, which she retained her entire life!
Dolores is survived by her daughters, Nina Cooper and partner Pierre Jones, and Beth Snyder and son-in law David Snyder; Grandchildren Katherine Huenecke, Cody Cooper, Shane and McKenna Snyder; and Great Grandchildren Sean and Julia Huenecke. Husband Ken and sister Alice preceded Dolores in death.
A private family service will be held, and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Phoenix Children’s Project (www.Phoenixchildren.org) or Hospice of the Valley (www.hov.org) who cared for our mother so lovingly these past months.