Former Alaska resident Dorothy Hartlieb Santoro died March 17, 2008, of
cardiac arrest in Scottsdale, Ariz.
"She went home to be with her Lord and savior Jesus Christ," her family
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m.
Monday at Scottsdale Bible Chapel, 7901 E. Shea Blvd. After a reception,
interment will take place at 2 p.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery,
23029 N. Cave Creek Road in Phoenix.
She was an only child, born to John and Helen Laubmeister in Bridgeport,
Ohio, on Ground Hog's Day, Feb. 2, 1920.
She was married to Sgt. Ray Hartlieb Santoro in Columbus, Ohio, in June
1941. Six months later he was deployed as a lieutenant to India and
China. They maintained their relationship by mail for the next 3 years.
After his return to the states they were stationed at the Pentagon.
Capt. Hartlieb was recalled to active duty during the Berlin Airlift.
Dorothy and their two young daughters, Marianne and Diana, joined him in
Europe in 1950. While there, Dorothy worked for the Counterintelligence
In 1957, they moved to Alaska and she worked in the telecommunications
industry as a collections investigator for RCA Alascom, retiring
in 1982. In 1986, Dorothy moved to Tucson and then to Scottsdale in
She attended Scottsdale Bible Church for 15 years and was active in the
"Hearty Souls" fellowship. She never knew a stranger and loved being
with her family and friends. She loved traveling and had just returned
from a trip to Hawaii, where she went hang gliding and took a helicopter
tour of the Big Island.
She is survived by her 92-year-old husband, Ray; and her two daughters,
Marianne (Mike) McElligott of Anchorage and Diana (Daniel) Benton of
Scottsdale; five grandchildren, Michael McElligott, Kirstin (Kevin)
Laurin, Joshua Benton, Amy Benton, James (Lindsey) McElligott and two
great-grandchildren, Cooper and Kelsey Laurin.
Published in the Anchorage Daily News on 3/23/2008.