Dorothy Altshuler
1930 - 2021
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Dorothy Altshuler

Newark - On February 18, 2021, Dorothy Altshuler, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away at the age of 90 at the Brackenville Health Care Center.

Dottie was born on June 23, 1930 in Baltimore, MD to Isadore and Lillian Goldberg. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Milton Altshuler. They lived for two years in France while he finished his advanced veterinary degree and moved to Delaware in 1954 where she worked side by side with him in their veterinary practice, Chestnut Hill Animal Hospital. She served as chief accountant, office assistant and surgical assistant. Dottie was instrumental in helping found the Newark Jewish Community Center which later became Temple Beth El, for which she was honored in 2019. She also served as one of the first Sisterhood Presidents.

Dottie dedicated herself to everyone she encountered. Over the years, her children and their families were always her priority. Once retired, she worked for her son-in-law in his medical business, analyzing insurance claims and training new employees. When she and Milton moved to independent living, she created and operated employee appreciation programs soliciting donations from residents and their families to provide holiday bonuses to all hourly staff. When she moved from The Summit, the program was renamed The Dorothy Altshuler Employee Appreciation Fund in her honor. She will forever be remembered for her big, bright smile and her interest and delight in world news, politics and anyone who came into contact with her.

She is survived by the loves of life, her children, Andi Moses (Bill) and Steven Altshuler (Jane); her grandchildren, Leah Ferragamo (John), Dr. Erica Moses, Matthew Altshuler (Brett Alyse), and Kyle Altshuler (Danielle); and her great-grandchildren, Caleb and Shane Ferragamo, and Spencer Altshuler.

Due to Covid, burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Temple Beth El, 301 Possum Park Road, Newark, DE 19711 or a charity of your choice.

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Published in The News Journal from Feb. 19 to Feb. 21, 2021.
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February 23, 2021
I was a young girl when I met Dr. and Mrs Altschuler. My father was a customer at Chestnut Hill Animal Hospital. We had a AKC registered female mini schnauzer, Gretel who had championship bloodlines . We raised 4 litters of puppies and between shots and docking, ears and dewclaws with regular visits it sure seemed like we were at the hospital all the time! Dr Altschuler was the best of the best. Dottie always had the biggest welcoming smile and she ran an organized office answering phones, greeting customers, assisting Dr Altschuler. They really complimented each other and it was obvious what a wonderful team they made together.
After Dr retired we would run into them and we always stopped to chat and catch up. Dottie’s face would light up when she talked about her family. I just adored them both.
I’m so sorry to hear of Dottie’s passing. I’ll fondly remember her and I’ll cherish my childhood memories of them both, always. Deepest Sympathy and Prayers -
Holly Mays
Acquaintance
February 22, 2021
Dear Andi and Steve, I’m so sorry to learn of the passing of your Mom. I had the pleasure of speaking to your Dad in 2012, while my Dad was in Rehab at the facility your Parents resided. It’s terribly hard to lose our Parents at any age. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Penni Stewart Frassico
Friend
February 21, 2021
Thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this very difficult time. Take care & God bless.
Robb Davies
February 21, 2021
I was very sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. I remember her from the years we lived in Newark. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Cheryl R Beitz
Friend
February 21, 2021
I was very sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. I remember her from the years we lived in Newark. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Cheryl R Beitz
Friend
February 21, 2021
I first met Dottie when she lived at Millcroft. Happy to be in her company, my family and I sought her out every time we visited relatives in Newark. During the last year, I had the privilege of getting to know her quite well through daily phone calls while writing her life story. What a fascinating, loving, clever, engaged, and engaging woman! We'll miss her.
elizabeth kwong
Friend
February 21, 2021
I was saddened to hear that Dottie had passed away. My mum (Elizabeth) and I met Dottie through my grandma. Dottie's zest for life is was what I will remember most...it was a joy to visit with her each time we were in town. My mum snapped this photo on one of those fun visits.
jennifer kwong
Friend
February 21, 2021
I had the pleasure of getting to know this wonderful woman mostly through Andi's delightful e-mails and family photographs I've received over many, many years. I shall always remember her magical smile and sparkling, twinkling eyes. G** Bless you in eternal happiness and peace.
Terry Ebery
Friend
February 20, 2021
I’ll always remember “helping” at the vet hospital as a wee child and loving every minute I got to spend with Dottie! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. ❤❤
Miriam “Mimi” Lynam Pomilio
Miriam Pomilio
Friend
February 20, 2021
I am sorry to hear about Mrs. Altshulers passing. She and her husband were great people. I used to babysit Andi and Steven when they were little. Sending prayers for the family.
Linda Pilesky Brady
Friend
February 19, 2021
I met Dorothy when I worked at The White Mink Hair Salon. She was always so happy and pleasant. She always made me smile and I really enjoyed our conversations.
Sally
Friend
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