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Dolores "Dee" O'Shea O'Gorman

Newbury Park, CA

Dolores "Dee" O'Shea O'Gorman was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1933 to Kenneth and Mildred O'Shea and passed away on June 29, 2018 in Santa Barbara following complications from a stroke. Dee was a resident of Newbury Park for 54 years.

Dee grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from Riverside Brookfield High in 1951 and attended three years of Nursing school at Northwestern. Just before her final exams, she visited her parents and brother Denny, who had recently moved to Santa Monica, California. A few days at the beach during a warm winter convinced Dee to leave her native Chicago and become a Southern California beach bum. Many months hanging out on the beach in Santa Monica led to applying on a whim to be a stewardess for TWA. She flew the LAX-Newark route, and on a weekend layover, met Tom O'Gorman, a Newark boy recently out of the Navy.

They soon married and settled in Santa Monica. Dee worked as an illustrator for Rand Corporation while Tom went to school, and Mary was born followed a few years later by Colleen and then Tommy. They moved to a new housing development in Newbury Park in 1964. At that time most of Newbury Park was still farmland and sheep grazing, and a great place to raise children.

Over the next few decades, Dee devoted herself to her family and her community in so many ways. In 1994 her life was forever changed by the birth of her first of four Grandchildren, whom she proudly doted upon and loved spending time with.

In addition to enjoying her family, neighbors and volunteer activities, Dee was a devoted Dodger fan who for many years attended opening days at Dodger stadium. She was a teaching assistant at elementary schools including Maple and Manzanita. She made lifelong friendships wherever she went. She was a calligraphy teacher at Adult Ed for many years, and was a "calligraphy guru" of sorts. Countless pieces of her work grace the homes and scrapbooks of many people.

Dee was a devoted parishioner at Saint Julie's Parish, and volunteered there for many events and programs. She spent many years on the ball fields watching her children and grandchildren play sports. She played canasta faithfully every Monday morning for many years, up until just a few weeks before her stroke. She and a group of neighbors and friends gathered for decades for a birthday breakfast, monthly gourmet meals, and many more activities.

In addition to enjoying her neighbors and friends and community, Dee absolutely loved to travel, and she and Tom traveled all throughout Europe, Mexico, and the United States. She made friends with people wherever she went, even if it was on a short train trip from Camarillo to Santa Barbara.

Dee leaves behind her children, Mary, Colleen and Thomas; beloved grandchildren Olivia, Tara, Mary Jane, and Tommy; brother Dennis O'Shea (Jeanne); and numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends on the East coast, Midwest, and elsewhere. She was predeceased by her husband Thomas; her parents Mildred and Ken; sisters Jeanne, Pat, and Mary; and many good friends.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 6 at Saint Julie Billiart, 2475 Borchard Rd., Newbury Park.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity or contribute to a local animal rescue group, Paw Works Dee was a lover of all living beings, including animals.

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