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Dorothy (Heinzerling) 92, of Maywood, NJ, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and former kindergarten teacher, died peacefully on Sunday, May 11, 2014.
Dorothy had a love for life, which was evident in her devotion to her faith, family and friends and her passion for learning, travel and volunteerism. She will be greatly missed.
Born in 1922, Brooklyn, NY, Dorothy graduated from high school at age 16 and started her professional career in Manhattan as a textile designer. She met her future husband, Arthur, the night before Pearl Harbor and continued a courtship during the War. They were married in 1946, after his return from serving overseas, and moved to Manhattan. After battling tuberculosis for 4 years, Dorothy and Arthur settled in Maywood, NJ in 1954 where they raised their three sons. Dorothy was an active member of St. Martin's Episcopal Church serving as a vestry member and a choir singer, as well as assisting in various fundraising events.
Dorothy pursued her dream to go to college later in life and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a degree in education. She taught in the Maywood school system as a kindergarten teacher from 1971 to 1987, and loved every minute of it. She had a lifelong love of reading, art, genealogy, and music. She sang for over 40 years with the Carlstadt Mixed Chorus, a German choral group. She was drawn to travel and enjoyed many trips with Arthur to numerous countries and continents, and continued her travels to many interesting destinations after his passing.
Dorothy had a remarkable record of community service in a wide array of organizations including the Maywood Women's Club; the Boy Scouts; the Cub Scouts; as a docent at the Bergen Museum; as a participant in many Maywood Rotary events and travels with Arthur; helping to feed the homeless at St. Paul's Soup Kitchen in Paterson, NJ; Save the Children; and knitting and sewing hats and quilts for needy families and children. In her eighties, she was active in the Maywood Rotary Kenya Project, and traveled several times to Kenya to help set up a school for the Maasai community.
Dorothy was predeceased by her husband, Arthur, in 1996. She is survived by her three sons: James, Thomas, and Douglas, all in New York; her sister, Joyce Gorman of River Edge, NJ; six grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
Funeral arrangements are by the Trinka-Faustini Funeral Service, 439 Maywood Ave, Maywood, NJ (201) 487-3050. Visitation will be on Thursday, May 15th from 3-5 and 7-9 PM with a service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Maywood, NJ on Friday, May 16th at 11 AM. Burial to follow in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to one of the following charitable organizations that were very special to Dorothy: St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Maywood, NJ, St. Paul's Community Development Corp., Paterson, NJ,
Save the Children,
(savethechildren.org),Villa Marie Claire, Saddle River, NJ. (villamarieclaire.org).
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Published in The Record on May 14, 2014