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Dorothy "Dottie" (Brockway) Eswein

1922 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
Dorothy "Dottie" (Brockway) Eswein Obituary
Dorothy "Dottie" Brockway Eswein was born Sept. 30, 1922, in Fort Covington, N.Y., and passed away Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, in Midland, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John; son Andrew; two sisters and one brother.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Kathy and Robert Merritt; sister and brother-in-law Ginny and Walter Frohlich, of Palm Bay, Fla.; several nieces and nephews; and her best friend Dottie Brown.
Dottie graduated from Massena High School in Massena, N.Y., in 1940. She attended New York City College and obtained a certificate as a medical records technician. She worked for General Electric Co. in Schnectady, N.Y., until she enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on April 25, 1944, in Albany, N.Y.
She became a master sergeant in 1951. At this time she was a recruiter for the Air Force in New York City. Later, she also worked in the Pentagon in charge of officer records. She was honorably discharged in 1956.
Dottie was stationed in Erding, Germany, in 1955 when she met John F. Eswein, a master sergeant who had just re-enlisted in the Air Force. It wasn't too long after they went out on their first date that they knew they were meant for each other. They were married on Sept. 30, 1955. Dottie and John had two children: Kathy and Andrew.
The family transferred from Germany back to John's previous station in Fairbanks, Alaska. They spent a lot of time together camping, fishing and exploring Alaska. In 1972, the family moved again to Carlsbad. Dottie completed her accredited records technician license and eventually became head of medical records at Guadalupe Medical Center. She had a group of co-workers that were wonderful to work with and she had many fond memories of those years.
The traveling bug hit Dottie and John again, so Dottie retired in 1989. They sold their house in Carlsbad and bought a new Avion travel trailer. For the next eight years they hit the road, traveling around the country visiting old friends and family and stopping wherever the urge hit. They decided to settle down in Alamogordo, where John passed away in 1997 from cancer and son Andrew passed away in 2004.
Dottie then moved to Midland in 2004 to be closer to her daughter. Her greatest challenge came when she contracted Alzheimer's, but even then her sense of humor and determination carried her through, along with a lot of help from her friends.
The family would like to thank her special friends at Cimarron House who watched over and loved her during her stay there. Also thanks goes to Encompass Home Health and Compass Hospice for the excellent care they gave Dottie.
The family would especially like to thank her final caregivers, Diana and Larry Mitchell, and their entire family who took such loving and patient care of her through her final eight months.
Graveside services for Dottie and John will be held Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. at Serenity Memorial Gardens, 6800 S. Hwy. 349 in Midland.
Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home of Midland. Condolences may be offered at:
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Sept. 6 to Oct. 5, 2012
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