In Loving Memory Of 
Doreen Estelle (Sheldon) Engler
Dec. 15, 1926 - Feb. 7, 1998

Dave and Doreen Engler
USMC 170th Birthday Ball, 1945

"She was a true Marine Wife"

    This picture was taken in 1945, shortly after Doreen and I met in Philadelphia, where she was a USO Hostess dancing with visiting servicemen and singing with various dance bands, during my R&R from the Pacific. We were married in November of 1946 after my USMC discharge and we had 52 years together during which time we raised 3 children and "helped" to raise (spoil ?) 11 grandchildren.

    The early years, although happy ones, were also pretty rough as Doreen "kept the home fires burning" while I held a full-time job and attended Drexel Evening College for 9 years in order to get the B.S. Degree that I had never thought possible. I couldn't have done it without her help and encouragement. She was a true Marine Wife even though we were not married during my time in our Corps. The success of our children and grandchildren, scholastically and in the work force, is due in large part to her efforts. 

    We all still miss her very much, having lost her in February, 1998 to a bout of pneumonia, complicated by high blood pressure, circulatory problems and diabetes. For many years prior to her death, she was a volunteer at a local retirement home where she helped to teach classes in Pastel Painting and conducted sing-alongs for the residents several times a week. These people (particularly those in the Health Care Center of the facility) became a "second family" to Doreen, and they shared her loss with the members of her natural family. 

Dave and Doreen 
50th Wedding Anniversary

Semper Fi,
Dave Engler

Song playing is "There I Said It Again," Dave and Doreen's Song

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