Regina E. (Lavan) Dotzel

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WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Regina E. (Lavan) Dotzel, 85, of Wilkes-Barre Township, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at her home with her husband, Fred, by her side.

She was born in the Georgetown section of Wilkes-Barre Township on Oct. 21, 1928, a daughter of the late Charles and Maria Lyall Lavan. Regina was a graduate of Wilkes-Barre Township High School. She was a member of St. Nicholas Church in Wilkes-Barre and a lifelong member of St. Joseph's Monastery in Georgetown until its closing.

Regina was a loving wife and devoted mother of 10 children.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Dugan; brothers, John Lavan Sr., Charles Lavan, Gerald Lavan and James Lavan.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Fred J. Dotzel Sr.; by her children, Regina Zimmerman, Plains Township; Kathleen Knight and her husband, Tim, Fort Worth, Texas; Fred Dotzel Jr. and his wife, Joan, Bear Creek; Maureen Savner and her husband, Don, Mountain Top; Angela Naperkowski and her husband, Jerry, Wilkes-Barre Township; Margaret Dotzel and her husband, Eric, Chevy Chase, Md.; Bill Dotzel and his wife, Joan, Wilkes-Barre; Colleen Pomfret and her husband, Doug, Dallas; Michael Dotzel and his wife, Michelle, Wilkes-Barre Township; Eric Dotzel and his wife, Becky, Bear Creek; 28 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers, William Lavan Sr. and his wife, Madge, Wilkes-Barre; Thomas Lavan Sr. and his wife, Marilyn, Wilkes-Barre Township; sister, Peggy Krutski, Wilkes-Barre Township; sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Lavan, Anna Mae Lavan and Jane Lavan, Norma Dotzel, Terri Dotzel and Peggy Dotzel; brothers-in-law, Joseph Dotzel, Norbert Dotzel and his wife, Miriam; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Saturday from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Nicholas Church, 226 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Karen Lavan-Bokelman Foundation (benefiting women with breast cancer in memory of Regina's niece), c/o Susan Kaufer, 930 Maple St., Shavertown, PA 18708, or online at

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Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home
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Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
(570) 825-3138
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Published in Times Leader from Oct. 24 to Oct. 25, 2013
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