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Dollie Mae Kroonen Johnson

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dolliejohnson.jpgDollie Mae Kroonen Johnson passed away in Corona, CA on Friday, March 9th, 2012 at the age of 87. Dollie was born in Santa Paula, CA on September 1st, 1924.

At age 1, she moved to Corona with her parents, Leo Kroonen, Jr. and Elma Kryger Kroonen. Dollie was proud of her ancestral heritage in the Corona area, which dates back to the mid-1800s. Her grandfather was noted Corona architect Leo Kroonen, Sr.

Dollie graduated from Corona High School and received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She married Norman D. Johnson on May 7th, 1950. The newlyweds lived in Alhambra, CA for a brief time before moving to Corona where they remained for the rest of their lives.

Dollie was employed by Corona-Norco Unified School District beginning in 1963, and served as the Manager of Food Services from September, 1969 until her retirement in June, 1988. Over the years, she was actively involved in Girl Scouts, Delta Sigma Epsilon, Navy League and the Corona Heritage Society.

Preceding her in death were her brother, Leo (Bud) Kroonen, III in 1952, her husband in 1989, her father in 1999, her mother in 2000 and her long time companion William Heckert in 2007.

Dollie is survived by her daughters, Patricia Johnson of Corona, Kathryn Schwartz of Glendale, CA, Cynthia Wells of Tennessee and sons-in-law Craig Schwartz & Jay Wells.

She is also survived by her sister & brother-in-law Elma & Gene Maxwell of Corona, her brother & sister-in-law William & Paula Kroonen of Palm Desert, granddaughters Kristen Knoeckel of Corona and Susan Knoeckel of Colorado Springs, CO and her grandson David Schwartz of Glendale, in addition to many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A viewing will be held on Friday, March 16th from 5 - 8 PM and services will be at 10:30 AM on Saturday, March 17th at Thomas Miller Mortuary, 1118 E. Sixth St, Corona, CA, 92879. Donations may be made to: The Living Desert www.livingdesert.org or Fix-Nation fixnation.org.

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