Ann Dottle passed into the loving arms of Jesus at the age of 85 on Saturday at the Carbondale Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Her husband of 63 years and sweetheart of 68 years is Len Dottle.
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Born in Scranton, daughter of the late Edward and Ruth Rozelle Wagner, she spent the majority of her life living and raising her family in Carbondale. Ann was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Carbondale, where she was very active at church events. She was a graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School, Carbondale, class of 1947. Ann was a member of the "Castlelettes" for more than 70 years, a club formed when the "girls" were in their teens and continued to this day, meeting the first Monday of every month at one another's homes. The "Castlelettes" consisted of Wickie Walker, Rosemary Wallis, Velma Hornbeck, Nancy Brownell, Mary Cerra, Ruth Mussari, Rose Cost, Peggy McDonald and Margaret Burke. Ann always looked forward to "club night."
Ann loved the music of Frank Sinatra, and in her younger years always danced the night away to the Big Band music with Len.
Ann also leaves behind two sons, Dave and his wife, Mary Martha; and Lenny and his wife, Donna Lee, all of Carbondale; grandsons, David Dottle, Florida; Kristopher Nichols and wife, Danielle; Matthew Dottle, Mark Dottle and Luke Dottle; and great-grandson, Kolton Nichols, all of Carbondale.
Ann was especially blessed and extremely thankful for the love and kindness bestowed upon her by her loving grandson, Kris and wife, Danielle.
Ann was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother to Len and her children and a loving aunt to her niece, Betty Jean Seymour and her husband, Ron; nephews, Tom Yankelitis and his wife, Marcia; Bill Yankelitis and the late Carl Yankelitis and his wife, Cynthia. When their mother Betty passed away early in life, Ann was their "Tonte." She brought them the love of a mother that they had lost. That love was passed down to their children, Dawn, Trevor, Karl, Tommy and Tamara, who treated their Tonte as their grandmother.
Ann was preceded in death by her beloved daughter, Ruthanne Dottle Nichols; her sisters, Betty Yankelitis and Jean Izzett; brother, Eddie Wagner; and nephew, Carl Yankelitis.
Ann was truly loved by all who know her, and the world is now dimmed by the loss of her presence. Sleep warm Nana!
The family would like to thank the staff of the Carbondale Nursing Center for the excellent and compassionate care given to Ann, and for the kindness given to her husband, Len, during her stay.
The funeral will be Saturday, with services at 11 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church of Carbondale by the Rev. Doug Posegate, pastor.
The family will receive friends at the church, from 10 a.m. until service time. Arrangements are by the Brennan & Brennan Funeral Home Inc., 55 Lincoln Ave., Carbondale.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Carbondale Public Library, 5 N. Main St., Carbondale, PA 18407.
Online condolences may be sent at www.brennanfu neralhomes.com.
Brennan & Brennan Funeral Home, Inc.
55 Lincoln Avenue
Carbondale, PA 18407
Published in Scranton Times on Feb. 26, 2014