Dorothy Gaff Ehret

Dec 15, 1913 - Jun 5, 2014



Born December 15, 1913 in Sacramento, California to Herbert James and Beulah Houston Gaff. Preceded in death by her younger sister, Margaret Gaff Campbell, her first husband, Louis David Ehret, Jr. (1972) and her second husband, Charles Edward Steinheimer (1996), and by stepdaughters Vicky and Alice Steinheimer. Survived by: Son, David Ehret of Sacramento, his wife Patti, and granddaughter Rachel Moran (Jason) and great grandchildren Cameron and Lillian. Daughter, Gayle Ehret of Castle Pines, Colorado, her husband Robert Cunningham, and grandchildren Catherine Heatley (Mike), Grayson Cunningham and Hugh Cunningham. Stepson, Bruce Steinheimer, his wife Marilyn Van Dam Steinheimer, grandchildren Garth and Zöe Steinheimer. Stepdaughter, Sara Anderson, grandchildren Stacy and Ryan, Stepdaughter, Sue Anthony, her husband Tim Step-grandson Matt Pope (Michelle) and great grandson Chance, and step-granddaughter Libby Luna (Orlando) and great granddaughter Kelsey. Nephews Robert Campbell (Sandy) and Toby Campbell and their families. Dorothy was a lifelong resident of Sacramento. She was a member of the Sacramento High School Class of 1931, attended Sacramento City College for two years, and graduated from Stanford University in 1936 with a bachelor’s degree in Education. We remember Dorothy as a remarkable, caring, loving and giving person, and the best mom a person could have. Dorothy was active in the community, serving as a volunteer for a multitude of organizations, most recently the Belle Cooledge Library. She was passionate about reading, and passed along her love of reading to everyone who knew her.


  • Linda Brandenburger says:

    I could look for a friend east, west, south, north But I’d never find another “ol’ Dorth.” From the day I met her (the day my own father died in 1973) until the end of her life, she was a wonderfully supportive, funny, wise, helpful, generous, droll, and inspiring old friend. I’m so glad she came into my life and stayed such a valued long time!

  • Margaret Ann Bitzer Serenity says:

    Dear Family, My beloved late mom (Miriam Bovey Bitzer) and dad were friends and contemporaries of Dorothy and Lou. I have a wonderful framed black and white photo of Lou and my dear Dad (Jack Bitzer) in their Army Air Corps great coats posing in front of an imposing church in London in 1943 in the midst of WW II. So many memories they shared with me of both Dorothy and Lou. My sincere and caring sympathy to you all.

  • Laurel Clark says:

    Dear Ehret Family, Our sympathy to you and all your family at the loss of dear Dorothy. I remember her with great fondness. The times Patti and I went to lunch with her were delightful. She was always charming and gracious. That she lived to be 102 is just amazing. Please know that our thoughts and prayer are with you at this time sadness. Love and blesssings, Laurel and Ron Clark

  • David Sady says:

    Dorothy was always a caring friend to me. She shared many wise moments with me and I will always miss her.

  • Chris Boyles David says:

    My Mom and I want you to know we are thinking of you at this time. My Mom met Dorothy when my Dad introduced her to his friends in the late 1930’s. I will never forget the many vacations we took over the years at your cabin near Carnelian Bay–“Ilikeit” or swimming at your house when we were kids. Somewhere there is a photo of your Mom standing on a picnic table to get a better view of a glider going by taken at my brother’s wedding on Aspen Mt. in 1974. If I find the photo I’ll pass it along. It is a classic!

  • Noel Ferris says:

    Dorothy and Lou were lifelong friends of our family. Dorothy taught me the importance of ironed linen napkins, that you could never have too much china, how to sew (that’s a big one), blue and white checkered tables cloths on a summer evening with hurricane lanterns were essential. Her influence on me was both wide and deep. Thank you Patti and Dave for taking such good care of her. She is the last of my parents’ generation. Of what we have lost and what we have gained there can be no telling.

  • Colette Moody says:

    Patti & family: I’m sorry for your loss. Your mother-in-law had a long life and I think that a big part of that was because of you and your family. You all took very good care of her! You now have another guardian angel to watch over all of you! God bless!

  • Jan Richmond Whichard says:

    My condolences to Dave who was my dear frien in high school. Mrs. Ehret was wonderful to all of Dave’s friends including me. She treated us with dignity and respect and in turn, we rose to the occasion. She taught us to play bridge and to enjoy the “formalness” of the bridge table. My fondest memory, however, is running into the Ehrets on the street in Paris in the summer of 1966! I am so glad she lived a long life and I will remember her fondly.

  • Lisa Christianson says:

    dearest David and Gayle — Dorothy and Lou were so important to me growing up (as were both of you). I loved and still love all of you. I’m so glad I got to see Dorothy a few years ago and wish the visit had been less awkward for me. I was overwhelmed at the strong emotions I was feeling to be with you (David and Dorothy) in your house. Every time I go camping I think about Lou’s cheerful kindness, and i have countless wonderful memories of Dorothy’s warmth and generosity and the richness of experience she provided for us kids, her kind intelligence and wit. I even think about Putty Tat now and then. I’m so so sorry for your loss. I miss my mother every day. Bright blessings to you and your family.

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