Services for Adelia “Dolly” Kammer

Adelia “Dolly” Kammer

11-29-1918  to  3-19-2020


Adelia “Dolly” Kammer, daughter of Bill and Mamie Zavoral, passed away peacefully on March 19, 2020 at age 101.  Dolly was born on the Zavoral farm homestead near Grygla Minnesota on November 29, 1918.  She is the oldest daughter of 4 girls and 5 boys living an independent lifestyle in the remote wilds of northern Minnesota.  High school required boarding at the nearest village and nursing school followed.  After nursing school she followed her dreams west to California where she was employed as a nurse at the Burbank California hospital.  That is where she met George W. Kammer who was employed as an aviation assembly specialist at McDonnell Douglas Aircraft near Burbank.

Dolly and George were married in 1944 and made a honeymoon trip by jeep to remote Gold Beach on the Oregon Coast.  After catching some Spring Chinook Salmon and enjoying the relaxed Gold Beach lifestyle, Dolly and George bought 5 acres of land near the Rogue River and went back to Burbank to quit their good jobs and sold their new home and moved to Gold Beach.  George built their new home overlooking the Rogue and Dolly grew a large garden and cared for a new family of 5.  After 3 children were raised Dolly worked as a dental assistant in Gold Beach and with her personality everyone soon knew who Dolly was.  George passed away in 1973 and Dolly moved near the mouth of the Rogue with a view of the river and the ocean.  She has spent the last 40 years enjoying the ocean and river views and tending her flower garden. 

Her zest to live life to the fullest, her heart full of love, her insistence on laughing at the good and the bad in life and her positive attitude is an inspiration to everyone who has known her.  Dolly taught all of us to “live”, “love”, and “laugh” for a happy and healthy life!  Dolly is survived by her 3 children, Mary Kammer, Larry Kammer and Edward Kammer, 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.   At Dolly’s request no services will be held.  The family requests any donations in memory of Dolly be made to the “Curry Health Foundation”.


Richards Publishing

P.O. Box 159
239 2nd Ave
Gonvick, MN 56644
Telephone: (218) 487-5225

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