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Dolores ‘Dee’ Kornder

Dolores “Dee” Kornder peacefully left this earth on Sept. 7 following a massive stroke. She was 85.

A dessert remembrance will be at Spring Hill Manor, 355 Joerschke Drive, Grass Valley at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept.16, during bingo.

Born in Milwaukee, Wis., on April 5, 1925, she was the middle child of five children born to Alois and Josephine Kominowski. She attended business college and moved to Los Angeles where she worked as an assistant buyer for Bullock’s Wilshire.



She met and married Harris Franklin Swimmer in 1955 and had two daughters, WendyLu and KathyJo. Frank passed away in 1972, and she moved with her daughters from Walnut Creek, Calif., to Grass Valley in 1978.

She was an avid bowler and one day shared a lane with Donald Kornder.




Madly in love, they wed in 1993, moved to Forest Springs Mobile Home Park, and enjoyed taking off on many cruises around the globe. Don passed away in 1999.

Dee later moved to Brunswick Village where she lived for three years.

This past year she was a resident at Spring Hill Manor in Grass Valley. She enjoyed playing bingo, listening to music and partaking of her daily chocolate and glass of wine with dinner. She especially loved going out to lunch on Tuesdays with her daughter and granddaughter.

She is survived by daughters KJ Hall of San Antonio, Texas, and Wendy Walters of Auburn; grandchildren Cali and Jack Hall of Texas, and JC Rowe of Roseville, with soon-to-be-born great-grandson Bentley Rowe; and brothers Ted and Leonard Kominowski, both of Wisconsin. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Lorraine, brother Danny and her two husbands.

Mom, you were full of wit and grace, always reminding us to each day enjoy our surroundings and appreciate the simple things that are truly important in life; the beautiful color of the sky, the love of family and a piece of chocolate shared.

You are in our hearts – till we meet again.


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