WILLIAMSEN, Dorothy "Dottie" Teed, age 89, left this life and entered into heaven on October 25, 2013 surrounded by the love of her family and caregivers at Schuyler Ridge, Clifton Park, New York. Dorothy is now rejoined with the love of her life, Bill Williamsen who predeceased her October 4, 1995. Dorothy was the eldest of two children born to Fredrick and Josephine Teed in Brooklyn and raised in Garden City, New York. In addition to her parents, Dorothy was predeceased by her loving sister, Barbara Teed Yates Fitzgerald. Music was a life-long passion for Dorothy. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in music and received her Master's in Music from New York University. Dorothy passed on her love for music, not only to her five children, but to the many children she taught at Smithtown School District. One of Dorothy's greatest joys was being able to participate in and lead worship ministry at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Kings Park, New York and Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Sun City Center, Florida. Dorothy met the handsome Bill Williamsen on a blind date and as they say, the rest is history. They were married August 12, 1949 and began the business of raising a family. Most of her child-rearing years were spent in Smithtown, New York. Following Bill's retirement in 1984, Dorothy and Bill relocated to Sun City Center, Florida to be closer to Bill's mother, Borghild Williamsen, and to enjoy the sun, golf and new friends. Dorothy lived eighteen (18) years in Sun City Center. In keeping with Dorothy's love of music, she epitomized the song, "Make new friends, but keep the old; one is silver and the other gold". Dorothy leaves behind her daughter Barbara Oliveto (James) of Silverdale, Washington; daughter Kathleen Hagner (Peter) of Clifton Park, New York; son Paul Williamsen (Susan) of Wells, New York; son Richard Williamsen (Nancy) of Modesto, California; and Sandra Merchat (John) of Landstuhl, Germany. Dorothy also leaves behind thirteen (13) grandchildren and eleven (11) great-grandchildren. Dorothy will always be remembered for her love and devotion to her family, her friends, church and to God. Dorothy's love, compassion and devotion will be remembered at 11:00 a.m. mass on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Wells, New York.
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Published in TBO.com on Nov. 1, 2013