Clean living is the secret to 95 years, but always make sure to leave a little room for dessert, everyone who knew her knows how much of a sweet tooth she had. She loved a little comfort food, hot dogs and beans or fried potatoes and was known for her famous pineapple stuffing and pasta salad with shrimp. As a mom she was strict when raising her kids, but only because she knew it leads to quality adults. “Gangster Granny” was feisty with no filter in her later years: If you asked for an opinion be prepared for the truth; she was alarmingly honest. In the past spare times found Dorothy in her garden trimming her rose bushes and always painting the outside of her green house. Green being her favorite color. Never a gifted driver, she wouldn’t cross a bridge out of her native Philly and once she even hit the neighbors wall, causing it to fall down.When her T.V. was on she’d be checking out some Hallmark or Lifetime movies or anything in Black and White on the Turner Classics movie channel. But also loved Big Bang Theory, Everybody loves Raymond and HGTV. She spent a lifetime on the move: everything from dancing for a dime a dance to waitressing at Woolworths to working the conveyer belt at Whitman Chocolates. But most of all she was a homebody who loved being around family.
She is survived by her daughter; Linda Cassin; grandchildren; Sabrina, Bob, Tina, Tom, Joey, Tony, and Kelly; great-grandchildren, Glenn, Patricia, Kristen, Chuckie, Joey Jr., Rylea, Justin, Hendricks,Jaclyn, T.J, Brianna, Rachel,Bobby, Katie,Megan, and Michael; great-great grandchildren, Kaylee, Brooke, Sienna, McKenzie, J.J, Kaydence, and Addison; and last but not least her beloved family dog, Shadow.
Come celebrate 95 years of life on Tuesday, 9 -11 am at the Sweeney Funeral Home, Riverside NJ, where there will be a service at 11. Interment Magnolia Cemetery, PA. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the ASPCA, an organization Dorothym happily supported.