- Published: Sunday, August 04 2019 11:13
Dorothy “Dottie” Mullaney (née Burke) left this earth early August 4 to be reunited with Jim, her recently departed husband and love of 52 years, in heaven with their Lord. Her devoted daughter, Kathryn and adoring niece, Kathy were by her side. She was born August 8, 1939 in Peckville, PA to John and Lucy (Carey) Burke, who preceded her in death along with her brothers Gerald, Patrick and Jack. She is survived by her best friend and sister, Mary (Burke) Price of Flemington, NJ and her greatest treasure, her daughter Kathryn (Dave Sorenson) of Milwaukee, WI. Her family moved from Jessup to Olyphant, PA where Dorothy spent her early years helping her father John in his drugstore across the street from their home. A graduate of Marywood Seminary High School, Dorothy opted into the “family business” and received her pharmacy degree from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (now University of the Sciences). While working at Andrew Brown’s drug store in Scranton, she met Jim Mullaney, a cousin of the Browns. After they married, Jim was transferred with US Steel and they relocated to the south suburbs of Chicago. Dottie was a pharmacist for St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights before embarking on her 25-year career as your “friendly neighborhood pharmacist” with Osco Drug. Dottie loved to garden and spent hours every day working in her yard, no matter the temperature, and was so proud to receive the Homewood Beautification award and the Homewood Landmark Award for her hard work. Never one to sit still, Dottie filled her days with her favorite activities, volunteered at The Village Door and on the Arts and Environment Committee for St. Joseph’s Church. Jim and Dottie traveled the country camping with their only child Kathryn in early years, often bringing cousins along with them, and stayed connected to Scranton with trips back every year and for every family occasion. Following their retirement, they traveled the world, often with their friends, visiting over 15 countries, but loved no place better than their home on Hood Avenue, where they lived for 45 years and enjoyed the friendship and kindness of all their neighbors. Dottie will be remembered for her dedication to important acts of kindness. Never did a birthday go without a card, a crisis happen without a casserole, or was a baby born without receiving their first books from Dorothy. She will also be remembered as the life of every party, and for her joy and appreciation of laughter and good times. Dorothy loved more than anything to laugh.