Dorothy Ann (Conner) Pontsler

Our mom, Dorothy, passed very unexpectedly, however peacefully, on April 11, 2019. She is and was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and very loving and loyal friend. Her husband, Billy Dean Pontsler, preceded her in death on May 24, 2017. He would have been 91 on December 15, 2018. She is survived by her daughters Deann Yanes and husband Gary of Brentwood, Calif.; and Valarie Pontsler of Livermore, Calif.; granddaughter Ashley Shockley and husband Paul of Clovis, Calif.; great-grandchildren Paul, Ryder, Kaylee, Steven, Seth and Kole.

Dorothy was born on March 9, 1932, in Spokane, Wash. As a young girl she lived in Grand Coulee Dam, Wash. and was a member of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls (IORG), sang and began a lifelong hobby of stamp collecting. She attended Grand Coulee Dam High School, graduating in 1950. Dorothy also became a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

She married Billy, the love of her life, on March 25, 1951 and was married 66 years. Dorothy attended Washington State College, Cheney, Wash., receiving an Associate’s degree in Business Administration.

Soon after, Dorothy and Bill moved to Albuquerque, NM and both worked at Sandia National Laboratory (SNL). She worked as a civilian employee for the U.S. Army at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ when Billy was drafted for two years during the Korean War. Then both returned to SNL, Albuquerque, NM until they were transferred to Livermore, Calif. in 1956. Dorothy went to work for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) until starting a family in 1958.

She was a homemaker until going back to work at LLNL in 1978, retiring in 1989. Dorothy served as an adult advisor for the IORG, supporting the Livermore, Pleasanton and Brentwood Rainbow Assemblies for many years while her daughters were involved.

Once retired, traveling in their motorhome became their life, visiting 49 of 50 states. They made many treasured friendships during their association with Rainbow and their 28 years of RVing. Dorothy moved to Brentwood, Calif. after Billy’s passing. She spent the remainder of her life rekindling old friendships and serving the community through her affiliation with the Brentwood Community United Methodist Church.

A Celebration of Life is being held for both Dorothy and Billy on May 4, 2019, in their honor at the Brentwood Community United Methodist Church, 809 2nd Street, Brentwood, Calif. at 1:00 pm.

If you wish to make a donation in their names, please give to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Callaghan Mortuary is honored to be serving the Pontsler family. An online guestbook is available for condolences at