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Dorothy M. Rowe passed away on Saturday, March 15, 2014. She was born on July 15, 1925 in Harrison Township, Pennsylvania to the late Alexander and Lillian Rowe. In 1943, after graduating from high school in Columbus, Ohio, she began her civil service career for the Army and Air Corps at the Columbus Quartermaster Reserve Depot. Dorothy continued her civilian career with the Air Force at Luke AFB in 1953. She held various financial positions with the Comptroller Squadron culminating her distinguished 70 years of federal service as the Chief of Financial Analysis in October 2013. Throughout her career, Dorothy served under 13 presidents and 40 commanding officers. She gave her entire adult life to the service of her country not just because she was a patriot but because the men and women of the 56th Fighter Wing Comptroller Squadron became her family. Dorothy had a passion for bowling. She was a long time member of the Phoenix Women's Bowling Association and the International Bowling Congress Board of Directors. Dorothy served on the Board of Directors at Credit Union West for over 15 years. Dorothy is survived by her cousins, Brenda (Roy) Darst, Kenneth Lonitz, Arlene Pavetto, Mary Ellen Leslie, Jennifer Webster, Chad Darst, Lee Lonitz, Shane Lonitz, Kayla Webster and Jase Darst. A viewing will be held on Friday, March 21, 2014 from 10:30-11:30AM at Holy Cross Catholic Mortuary, 9925 W. Thomas Road, Avondale; funeral services will follow at 11:30AM. Dorothy will be laid to rest next to her parents at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Fighter Country Foundation, 500 N. Estrella Parkway, Suite B2, PMB 479, Goodyear, AZ 85338; www.fightercountry.org/dorothyrowe
Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 19, 2014
Holy Cross Mortuary
9925 W Thomas Rd Avondale, AZ 85392