Obituary of Dorothy Harriet Isaman (Junge-Acorn-Braschel in marriage) Dorothy Harriet Braschel was the daughter of George & Florence Isaman, born July 18, 1923 in Walla Walla WA and passed away Feb 6, 2014 in St. James, MO. She grew up in Chewelah WA with 1 older sister and 2 older brothers. As a young girl she enjoyed school (her father was a teacher of Agriculture), family vacations traveling to attend his meetings, and skiing in the winter. Listening to the Metropolitan Opera every Sunday while cleaning house took her mind off the early death of her mother. After only 1 semester of college at the University of Idaho she joined...
Obituary of Dorothy Harriet Isaman (Junge-Acorn-Braschel in marriage)
Dorothy Harriet Braschel was the daughter of George & Florence Isaman, born July 18, 1923 in Walla Walla WA and passed away Feb 6, 2014 in St. James, MO. She grew up in Chewelah WA with 1 older sister and 2 older brothers. As a young girl she enjoyed school (her father was a teacher of Agriculture), family vacations traveling to attend his meetings, and skiing in the winter. Listening to the Metropolitan Opera every Sunday while cleaning house took her mind off the early death of her mother.
After only 1 semester of college at the University of Idaho she joined the Navy as a Yeoman and did secretarial work alongside other women who packed parachutes and performed other important support duties for the men who were fighting. Her brother Charlie was an aircraft mechanic in the south pacific theatre and she loved to get letters from him during the war. She met her first husband Robert Junge in 1945, a navy man, but they divorced after 6 years with no children. She then married Milton Sherwood Acorn in 1954 (also of Chewelah) whom she had known growing up and had become best friends with his sisters, and she stayed married to Milton 39 yrs until his death in 1993. Milton and Dorothy had 3 children (David, Elizabeth, and Ronald) all of which survive today. In 1996 she married Frank Braschel of Bellevue WA who died in 2003 leaving her a widow again. She kept his last name until her death.
Milton had been a gunner on a Merchant Marine tanker ship during the war. And after the war he had moved to Seattle to be near his parents in Olympia who had a dentistry practice by the capital. We believe she starting dating him while working at Boeing. They were married in the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Seattle and when David was born she quit and stayed home to raise the children. She and Milton built their first home for $6000 (which was paid for by a short term loan on their first car which was paid off) in Seattle WA and she spoke with pride about how they lived modestly their whole marriage and refused to go into debt except for their home. Milton had a career with the WA State Dept of Social Security and he rose to regional manager at his retirement - Mom was very proud of his accomplishment. After living several years in Kennewick WA on a small fruit farm, they were transferred back to Bellevue WA and finally to Olympia WA where he retired. They bought a used travel trailer and toured the country for a few years visiting their children, relatives and friends in route. She talked with much pride of their winter trips to Hemet CA and the 2 years they spent in the British Virgin Islands where Milton worked as a consultant to help the territory get its social security system established and running more smoothly. She took care of him in his illness until he died and spoke of how she had also done the same with her mother many years ago. She was very lonely after dad died, as us kids had all moved away, so it was wonderful to see her marry Frank whom she had met through their association in their Good Sam Travel Club.
Frank and she continued the traveling habit via Airstream trailer throughout the Northwest, on regular trips with the Good Sam club and she also enjoyed her time in Bellevue with his children and grandchildren. We all got to know and love Frank the "HVAC engineer" who had worked on projects like the Space Needle and Sears Tower of Chicago - he was mom's faithful friend, and we are so grateful for 6 years she had with him.
After Frank died in 2003 she moved in with daughter Elizabeth for 5 years and enjoyed the beauty and warmth of San Diego, helping to raise grandson Andrew and crazy dog Burley. While there she suffered a heart attack and received 8 stints which made her good to go again, but she also had to have both hips replaced to get around better. BUT they had a swimming pool and beautiful house so her days were filled with sunshine and vacation like living. She also took many trips with Libby around the area and got to know the region well. Since mom was a good listener, Libby's husband Doug, a pharmaceutical chemist, had a good sounding board for his ideas while she was recovering from the surgeries!
In 2008, to "share grandma", she came to live with oldest son David in Devils Elbow, MO and helped raise 10 grandchildren who were frequent visitors to see her. Since Missouri was closer to Virginia than California, Ron and his family made frequent visits to see her. David and Tamra's grandkids got to know and love their GG very much and loved to visit and talk with her and her little Jack Russell dog Buster. She stayed there until a bout with pneumonia sent her to the hospital on Christmas day 2012 and then to the nursing home for recovery in 2013. She was proud to live her final days at the Missouri Veterans Home in St. James with other WWII veterans and of course her family who visited often.
Mom made many friends wherever she went, and kept in touch with them and family with regular letters and card, having collected many postcards in her travels to surprise them with later. If you came to the house for dinner you became her friend and she loved to talk and tell stories of her youth and her adventures and us kids. You couldn't keep a secret from her, even though she "claimed" to be hard of hearing, and her sharp mind always had a solution for the problem or comment for the moment. She was a voracious reader, a habit she enjoyed throughout her life, and David's wife Tamra talks fondly of visits to the library where she would exchange a whole box of books for another one every single week – and would get quite grumpy if her library trip got postponed! Her many friends and family will sorely miss her, we all loved her so.
She is preceded in death by her parents George and Florence Isaman, her brothers Bob and Charlie Isaman, and her sister Ruth Carlson. Her family would like to acknowledge and thank the Missouri Veterans Home St. James for the wonderful care and loving concern shown to our mother.
In memory and love, her children David Acorn, Ronald Acorn, Elizabeth Livingston
Born Walla Walla, WA July 18, 1923 to George Reynolds Isaman & Florence Rebecca Gerlough Isaman.
Raised in Chewelah, WA (Mother died March 1941, Father died Feb 1957)
Served in WWII as a Navy Wave 1943-1945
Married 6 yrs to Robert W Junge 13 Oct 1945 (Kitsap WA) then divorced
Married 39 yrs to Milton Sherwood Acorn 1 Apr 1954 - 26 April 1993 (Milton died 26 April 1993 - they lived in Seattle WA, Kennewick WA , Bellevue WA, and finally Lacey WA)
Married 6 yrs to Frank Braschel 1996-2002 in Bellevue WA – Frank died in 2002
Lived in San Diego CA 2002–2007 (with daughter Elizabeth Livingston)
Lived in Devils Elbow, MO 2008-2013 (with son David Acorn)
Lived in St. James MO (Missouri Veterans Home) 2013-2014 until passing 6 Feb 2014 at 90 & ½ years.
Dorothy had one sister Ruth and two brothers Bob & Charlie, all of which preceded her in death.
She is survived by one daughter Elizabeth Livingston of San Diego, CA, and two sons Ronald Acorn of Stuarts Draft, VA and David Acorn of Devils Elbow, MO.
She has 6 grandchildren (Sage Acorn, Trevor Acorn, Tyler Acorn, Christopher Acorn, Alecia Mason and Andrew Livingston) and 11 great grandchildren.