Dorothy Mae Tompkins

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Tompkins, Dorothy Mae

Ithaca: Dorothy Mae Tompkins, 55, died unexpectedly Sunday, November 20, 2011, at her home on N. Applegate Rd., Ithaca, NY. Dorothy was born on March 23, 1956 in Cortland; she was the daughter of Elaine Wood Schwartz of Freeville and the late Lloyd L. Peppin. A lifelong resident of the area, she graduated from Groton High School in 1975 and had been employed over 20 years at Tompkins Co. Dept. of Social Services. Dorothy had been a 37-year member of the Eastern Star Chapter of Groton and enjoyed reading and NASCAR in her spare time. Her real passion was enjoying her grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Besides her mother, Elaine, Dorothy is survived by her children, Richard Tompkins and Daniell Tompkins, both of Ithaca, and David Tompkins of Auburn; and her siblings, Anne Peppin (Steve Lacey) of Dryden and Jonathan (Jessica) Peppin of Newark Valley; her stepmother, Beverly Peppin; her stepsiblings, Florence Brooks, Newton Holcomb, Charles Holcomb and Rebecca Holcomb, Roberta Holcomb and Jessica Micha; 5 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews survive her as well; along with her former husband, Richard B. Tompkins. She was predeceased by her father, Lloyd; sister, Diana Peppin; and grandson Mathew Tompkins; and fiancé, Donald Townsend. Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 25, at 2:00 p.m. at the Zirbel Funeral Home, 115 Williams Street, Groton with the Reverend Michael Adams officiating. Interment will follow in the Groton Rural Cemetery. Friends may call 1-2 p.m. prior to the services at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Local SPCA or to Lincare. Condolences may be left at

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Published in Ithaca Journal on Nov. 22, 2011
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