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Josephine Dorsch

April 20, 1926 ~ December 10, 2017

Josephine Dorsch was granted her final wish when she passed away peacefully surrounded by her family in Bozeman on December 10, 2017. She is survived by her son and daughter (in-law), Steve and Candis Dorsch (Bozeman); grandson, Turner J.J. Dorsch (Bozeman); grandson, Travis Dorsch and wife Breanna Studenka; and great-grandchildren, Josephine and Bridger Dorsch (Logan, Utah); and sisters, Annelore Ziegler and Heide (Hubert) Eckert (Bruchsal, Germany). 

Josephine Maria (Rehm) Dorsch was born April 20, 1926 in Munich, Germany and remained forever proud of her Bavarian heritage. She endured the difficult years of the Great Depression era in Munich as she began her lifetime dedication to learning and education. She continued through the war years in Munich and earned her first college degree in General Business at the Munich Business University. 

Josephine met her future husband, Joseph Edward Dorsch, in Munich in 1947. Joseph was a native of Chicago, IL on active duty in the U.S. Army Military Police detail of the post-war Allied Occupation Forces. Joseph and Josephine were married in Germany in 1948 and their only child, Steven Edward Dorsch, was born in Germany in 1949. Joseph was called to active combat duty in the Korean conflict in 1950, leaving his wife and son in Munich. 

Joseph was discharged from the Army in December 1951 and returned to Chicago. He arranged for Josephine and Steven to come to the United States in early 1952 on the SS Queen Mary – the first of many cruise ship adventures for the family. Josephine and Steven arrived in Chicago and Joseph and Josephine were married a second time in a civil ceremony, Josephine’s first step in attaining her U.S. citizenship.

Josephine worked in a variety of financial institution positions in Chicago while Joseph earned his Engineering Degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Upon graduation Joseph accepted an engineering position with Consolidated Aircraft (Convair) in San Diego, CA. The family and all their possessions drove to California in June 1955 and began their new life on the west coast. 

In San Diego Josephine earned her U.S. citizenship and took great pride in her mastery of U.S. history and government. Always an enthusiastic learner with a never-ending quest for knowledge (a trait shared by her grandsons, Travis and JJ), Josephine earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education from San Diego State University and began her teaching career in San Diego County high schools teaching German. She continued with her education and ultimately was awarded her Master’s Degree in German Literature from SDSU, where she was immediately offered a faculty position as Assistant Professor of German. She taught undergraduate courses in German Language and graduate courses in German Literature, and was very popular with her students. 

Josephine retired from teaching in 1985 when Joseph also retired from General Dynamics-Convair. The couple enjoyed traveling, mostly to Europe and sailing on cruise ships, making regular visits to her family in Germany. Joseph passed away in November 1990 and Josephine continued to travel regularly to her homeland and as a “solo cruiser”. She took great pleasure in knowing that she also introduced her children and grandchildren to the joy of travel. 

Twenty-five years ago, Josephine moved to Bozeman to be near her grandsons. She enjoyed following their academic and athletic adventures and took great pride in their achievements. She attended each of Travis’ graduation ceremonies from Purdue University and often said that one of her favorite photos was with JJ “in his Dress Whites for graduation” from the prestigious Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad (San Diego), CA, where she visited often. 

Josephine enjoyed a full and quiet life at Aspen Pointe at Hillcrest since 2010, leaving behind the many friends and staff who enriched her life there. Josephine will be honored in a private family ceremony when she is laid to rest with Joseph at Fort Rosecrans National Memorial Cemetery in San Diego. 

 

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