Lasting Memories

Dorothy Cartan
May 14, 1925-Sept. 24, 2012
Menlo Park, California

Cartan, Dorothy Mary Bjorklund. Age 87, of Menlo Park CA, peacefully passed away at home on September 24, 2012.

Loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Survived by brother Richard Bjorklund (Dorothy); children Leslie Shackelford (Doug Campbell), Linda Philpin (John), Karen (Lisa) Dunton, Howdie (Melissa), Jim (Nancy) and Ian Cartan (Kurt Culver); 2 grandchildren Jim and Addie Cartan; nieces, nephews and many friends.

Preceeded in death by parents Theodore Bjorklund and Selma Gabrielsson Bjorklund, brother Len Bjorklund and husband Henry Cartan III. Dorothy was a first generation American born to Swedish immigrants on May 14, 1925, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she graduated from St. Louis Park High School in 1943.

During World War II, she moved to California, where she lived life to the fullest until her death. A community leader and philanthropist, Dorothy was known for her sense of humor and compassion; she always had a sparkle in her eyes and brought joy to everyone she met.

She will be lovingly remembered by her family and friends for her beautiful smile and kind spirit.

The family wishes to thank caregivers Tina and Luisa and Vitas Hospice for their exceptional care.

Contributions in Dorothy's memory may be made to Charles Armstrong School ( 1405 Solana Drive Belmont CA 94002, American Cancer Society ( P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City OK 73123 and American Heart Association ( 1710 Gilbreth Road Burlingame, CA 94010.

From Catherine Ryan Tenner
Nov. 26, 2012

Dorothy Cartan was a very special friend of my stepmother's, Camille Ryan. Special condolences to the family, Cathy Tenner ( P.S. We lost my dad, Mark J. Ryan, D.D.S. in April this year.

From Phylis Geller
Nov. 13, 2012

To Linda, Leslie and Karen, I remember so long ago, our childhoods in Atherton: your mom was the greatest. With sympathy and respect

From Margo Ritter
Sept. 25, 2012

Dorothy was one of the most talented people I have ever met, she always had a beautiful smile for everyone and she made "Day At The Park" very special for many years ! My thoughts and prayers go out to her Family.