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Dorothy Smith

Bogota - Surrounded by her children, Dorothy Lea "Dot" Smith died peacefully at her home on January 9, 2019. She was a resident of Bogota for all of her 90 years. Born Dorothy Lea Otto on May 8, 1928, she graduated from Bogota High School in 1946. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Henry (Harry) Smith, a former Chief of Police in Bogota, who passed away in 2013.

In many ways, Dot's life was that of a trailblazer. After various part time jobs, taken so she could be at home when her children were younger, Dot began her career at Bogota Savings and Loan, now the Bogota Savings Bank, in 1969 working as a teller. Over the years she rose through the ranks and retired in 2008 as the first Vice President of the Bank. She continued to serve on the Board of Directors until 2018. In addition to her full time work she also was a volunteer in St. Joseph's Church, Bogota, parish for over 70 years and volunteered at Holy Name Hospital, Teaneck, for over 30 years. Her love of the town was evident as she served as an election official and also spearheaded the Borough's 100 year anniversary. Dot lived a full life devoting herself to her family, her friends, her community and her job. Her's was the home away from home for countless of her children's' friends and she would often be treated as their surrogate mother when they sought some sound advice or simply some TLC. In death, she continued her volunteer work by donating her body to the Robert Wood Johnson Body Donor Program.

Dot is survived by her four children John (Julia), Barbara Farrell (Thomas), Michael (Cathy) and Joanne Vanak (Thomas). She has14 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, January 19 2019 at 2:30 pm , at St. Joseph's Church, Bogota. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Tomorrow's Children or the Program.

Whether one called her Mom, friend, neighbor, boss or simply Dot, she had a positive impact on all who knew her. Her life of service and devotion to family and others is her most precious legacy she has left her family.
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