Dorothy A. Sawicki

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Dorothy A. Sawicki, 84, of Mountain Top, passed away on Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.

Dorothy was born on Jan. 23, 1929 to Anne (Kaporch) Hartland and Thomas Kaporch of the Miners Mills section of Wilkes-Barre. She was the stepdaughter of Arnold Hartland.

Dorothy graduated from Coughlin High School in 1947, after which she was employed at Tele-Radio Corp. and then Bob-Ellen Sportswear Co. in Wilkes-Barre. She studied classical voice with J. Viola Hull of New York City and enjoyed singing in church choirs from first grade through most of her life, including Coughlin High School's acapella choir, speech choir and senior chorus. She sang with St. Jude's Choir for more than 30 years. She worked as a volunteer mother at St. Jude's School, Mountain Top, for many years.

In June of 1949, she married the love of her life, Chester Sawicki, also of Miners Mills, with whom she enjoyed a wonderful 63-plus years. Chester passed away on Jan. 27, 2013.

Dorothy enjoyed many years of traveling with her husband, Chester, including winter months in Bonita Beach, Fla., family vacations to Wildwood, N.J., holidays together and, most important of all, being with her family. She loved reading, music and doing crossword puzzles.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Chester; her parents; and her sister, Sister Mary Anne (Rita) Kaporch.

Dorothy is survived by her son, David and his wife, Carolyn, Mountain Top; son, Gerard, Hamlin; daughter, Martina and her husband, Dr. Louis Mastrini, Hanover Township; five grandchildren, Matthew, Kristy, Jennifer, Justin and Michael; and four great-grandchildren, Ava, Colby, Mason and Logan.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 9 a.m. from the Desiderio Funeral Home Inc., 436 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at St. Jude's Roman Catholic Church, Mountain Top. Entombment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Drums. Friends may call Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dorothy's name to St. Jude's Church Building Fund.

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Published in Times Leader on Mar. 9, 2013