Ann Marie Christiansen Dorst
August 15, 1929 – November 19, 2021
Ann Marie Christiansen Dorst passed away peacefully at home in Palo Alto on November 19, 2021, after a brief illness. She will be remembered as a doting wife, mother, grandmother and friend; a shrewd bridge and dominos player; a discerning shopper; and a confidante extraordinaire.
Ann was born in San Francisco to Ida Margaret Taylor and Russell Conrad Christiansen. She grew up an only child in Burlingame, attended Burlingame High, and spent two years at San Mateo Junior College before moving to UC Berkeley. She graduated in 1951, where she was active in the Gamma Phi Beta sorority.
Ann met the love of her life, Dick Dorst, on a blind date soon thereafter. They were married in San Mateo early the next year, lived in Menlo Park, then Atherton, where they lived and raised their three children – and countless “adopted” friends – for over 40 years.
Ann was a gracious hostess and a remarkable cook. The Dorst home was a hub of activity where everybody was welcomed, well fed, and entertained. Holiday meals typically included a friend or colleague who had nowhere else to go and—depending on the holiday— Aunt Fran’s Gin Fizzes, Red Rooster, or 7th Cavalry Punch.
In addition to being a doting mother, Ann loved to volunteer her time and energies. She was involved in her children’s schools as PTA member, and she joined United Menlo-Atherton when the kids got to high school. She was active at the Menlo Circus Club, volunteered for Atherton Dames, Committee for Art, Peninsula Volunteers, the Children’s Health Council, and participated in numerous Bible studies.
Her greatest love was spending time with her family: watching her six local granddaughters play high school and collegiate water polo; traveling with Dick to watch him play in senior tennis tournaments; spending weekends at the beach with close friends; and visiting grand-children and great-grandchildren in Portland, Oregon.
Ann was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 62 years, Dick. She is survived by her daughter, Jane (Peter Clark) and their daughters Elizabeth (Jeff Patmont), Christina, and Caroline; her son, Chris (Marybeth) and their daughters Lindsay Bouret (Matt), Rebecca and Emily Dietz (Hunter); and her daughter-in-law, Suzanne Montgomery, and her grandchildren Katie, and Charlie (Sheri); and her son, Jim (Amy Christensen) and their children Marian, Lauren and William; along with six great grandchildren Kelley and Juliet Lamb; Claire, James and Jack Patmont; and Cece Dorst.
Formal services are being planned. Contributions in Ann’s honor may be made to Menlo Church (Benevolence Fund/Ann Dorst), 950 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park, CA.