She lived over 95 years, "almost a firecracker" she liked to say, being born a few hours after midnight on July 5th. She was that, in the best possible way. She was born at home while her much older siblings waited downstairs... She was for all intents and purposes raised as an only child, much beloved by her parents, Mary and Walt, and her family. She was shy as a child and her early school experiences were not easy for her. As she grew, she made friends and loved to play school and jacks. She was close to her neighbors and their dog and was treated like a member of the family.
She attended Simon Gratz High School in Philadelphia and graduated in 1944. She enjoyed attending their football games with her girlfriends, mostly to see the marching band at halftime. She learned sewing and cooking and often recounted how her grandmother would help her with her sewing projects that she brought home. Her grandmother who was disabled lived with her and her parents for many years. She lived to be 91. Our mom's first job was a checker in the local supermarket during World War II which she enjoyed except when people would try to exceed the ration limits. She stood her ground - that was our mom... After high school she worked for a few years for Carrier Corporation.
She was raised in the Methodist church and then began attending the Lutheran church as a young adult. Good thing; that's where she met our dad, Bruce, while singing in the church choir. Romance blossomed quickly and they were married on November 22, 1947. A couple years later Bob arrived. Mom was wife and mother at home for many years after that. Our sister Evelyn was born about five years later. They thought their family was complete... however, the Lord had other ideas, and Doris came along about six years after that. She remained at home while Dad worked many jobs and many shifts to take care of our family. They were united on all fronts and you could never play one against the other. We knew our limits and were careful (for the most part) to abide by them. We were all raised in the Lutheran church, busy with Sunday School, church council, boy scouts, choir, etc. Our lives revolved around the church and we were always glad for it. She taught Sunday School to the littlest ones for over 50 years and began a card ministry at our church that has brought comfort and strength to countless people who needed it as well as knitting and crocheting beautiful prayer shawls for many years.
When Doris was about five years old, our mom needed to go out to work. This did not sit well with Doris, unfortunately... one of her first memories being grabbing her by the legs on her first day and crying, "Mommy, don't leave me..." She had a "wonderful" first day at work. But Doris was well taken care of and we were always proud of her work inside and outside the home. She worked in the offices of Acme Markets for 23 years in the produce buying department and made many lifelong friends. Her hobbies included sewing, making many of her daughters' dresses (matching, of course!), knitting, crocheting, needlepoint. She loved making puzzles and doing cryptograms. That continued as long as she was able to see. Time passed and we grew up, Bob entered the Navy, Evelyn got married and Doris graduated high school. Our mom's mother came to live with us for many years and lived to be 97. Everyone was working and well. Doris met John and was married in 1987. Grandchildren arrived. Life was good.
In 1989, she lost her lifelong love suddenly to a heart attack. She was shaken, but her faith was strong. Grandson Steve was born later that same year. She lived alone for many years with the love and support of her family. Another grandson was born the following year. Matthew, Michael and Steven were the lights of her life then and for the remainder of her life. She is also survived by a great-granddaughter, Nicole. She worked another 10 years at a small business which was a saving grace for her. She retired for good in 2000 to help care for our sister, Evelyn, who was diagnosed with breast cancer. She survived another four years. Our mother was with her constantly as we all tried to support her family. This might have been her hardest loss. Again, her faith was strong. In the early 2000s she moved with Doris' family into a new home together. Though her eyesight was poor, she was able to help at home while Doris worked and John looked after Steven. We had a good life together for many years with family vacations and celebrations including a wonderful 90th birthday celebration at church with family and friends. When John fell ill and declined over a four year period she was my rock and support. When he died, she grieved his loss as she would her own son.
Since then we've endured the hardships and isolation of the pandemic (as have we all), her declining health, and changes in other life circumstances. She became more limited in her abilities to help around the house to her great disappointment. The one positive was that due to present circumstances, I was able to work from home and look after her with faithful support from family and church friends, who helped keep us on an even keel, God bless them all (Carol, Emily, Gail, Karen and Roshanda to name a few).
She suffered in many ways over the last couple years, in mind, body and spirit. God in his mercy called her home peacefully on November 24, 2021, the night before Thanksgiving. As we have given thanks for her life and presence among all of us during this earthly life, we now give thanks for her life eternal with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. What she knew by faith all her life she now knows by sight. She is free. Thanks be to God.
Visitation is set for December 6th at 10:00 a.m. and service at 11:00 a.m. at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church, 411 Susquehanna Road, Ambler, PA 19002. Masks are required inside the building. There will be light refreshments right after the service in the narthex outside the sanctuary until approximately 1 p.m. We will then proceed to Lawnview Cemetery, 500 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046 for the burial service. In lieu of flowers, you may make donations to Upper Dublin Lutheran Church at udlc.org or Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission at sundaybreakfast.org to honor her memory. Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission serves the hungry and homeless population in Philadelphia. Our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother all supported this ministry during their lifetimes.
Lastly, her favorite color was purple. Please feel free to wear that color if you wish. Let's make this a celebration! Thank you.