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Dorothy Roediger Hook
Dorothy R. Hook, 91, passed away peacefully on December 5, 2012 at Havenwood Care Center in Bemidji, Minnesota. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, John Edward Hook. Dorothy was born on February 13, 1921 to Madeline Knies Roediger and George Roediger in Brooklyn, New York. She married John E. Hook in 1946 and raised their family of two children, Janet and Richard in Hauppauge, Long Island. Dorothy attended business school and worked as a legal secretary on Wall Street with the Hunt law firm and eventually for the law firm of Pachman, Abrahms, and Braun in Commack, New York. She was also past president of the Hauppauge Elementary School PTA, past president of the Hauppauge Council of PTAs, past president of the Hauppauge Scholarship and Loan Fund and was an editor of the Suffolk County District PTA Newsletter. Her adventurous spirit took her family on the road for summer vacations traveling as far as Alaska, Nova Scotia and even Mexico by car. After their retirements in 1981, Dorothy and John moved to Abingdon, Virginia in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. In 1993 Dorothy and John moved to Pearisburg, Virginia to be closer to their daughter and her family and grandsons, Jonathan and Adam Vittum. During the summer of 2012, Dorothy went on the last trip of her lifetime when her son and daughter-in-law brought her, via RV, to Bemidji, Minnesota. More than anything in the world, Dorothy loved being with her family. In addition to her passion for travel, Dorothy loved animals, caring for many rabbits and cats as well as tolerating all forms of wildlife that her children brought into the home. She had a strong faith in God and worshiped at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Pearisburg, VA. She is survived by a daughter, Janet H. Vittum and husband, Ken, of Pearisburg, a son, Richard John Hook and wife, Laurie, of Bemidji, MN, two grandchildren, Jonathan Vittum and Adam Vittum, and special friends, Linda and Rick Tawney and family. The family wishes to express appreciation to Dorothys church family for their kindness over the years, as well as to her dedicated caregivers for their patient support. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 11:00am at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Pearisburg with Father Jet Garcia officiating with burial following in the Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg. The family will receive friends one hour before the service at the Holy Family Catholic Church. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, to please consider contributions to Holy Family Catholic Church, 516 Mason Ct Dr., Pearisburg, VA or Giles Co. Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 354, Pearisburg, VA 24134
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