Dorothy A. Mulhearn (nee McNamara), of Mahwah passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on May 6, 2021. Born in Jersey City and formerly of New Milford. She was predeceased by her loving husband and best friend Richard Mulhearn, Sr.
Loving mother of Leslie Mulhearn-Perez and husband David of McDonough, GA, Richard Mulhearn, Jr. and wife Lynn of Holden, MA, the late Gary Mulhearn of San Francisco, CA, Dianne Saunders and late husband Gerald of Oakhurst, and Lois Schrumpf of Ringwood. Cherished “grandma” of Stephen Jaffe and wife Kathleen of Mahwah, Robert Jaffe and wife Robyn of Ramsey, Jason Mulhearn of Jacksonville, FL, Adam Mulhearn and wife Lisa of Swanzey, NH, the late Drew Mulhearn and wife Evelina of South Yarmouth, MA, Allison Saporito and husband Marc of Old Bridge, Samantha Mulhearn of Oradell, Ashlie Berardocco of Old Bridge, Douglas Saunders of Oakhurst, and Jessica Schrumpf and David Schrumpf of Ringwood. Beloved great grandmother “GG” of Taylor, Erin, Brenna, Kevin, Cameron, Kyle, Hayden Grace, Ava, Hailey, Alexa, Cole, Blake, Ford, Maverick, Braven and Griffin. Beloved sister of the late Marie McNamara of Jersey City.
Dorothy was the matriarch of the family. Mother to five children, grandmother to eleven and great grandmother “GG” to sixteen. She was also a sister, aunt and godmother. She was deeply loved and an inspiration to her family and their spouses, as well as to her extended family and friends.
She was named the Dickinson High Fashion Queen back in high school. It was a title apparently well deserved. Throughout her life, she never left the house without showing that flair for fashion. There was always another fifteen minutes to wait while hair, makeup, jewelry and shoes were finalized. She was not extravagant, however. She was tasteful. A true lady.
Those that knew her would also remember her wit. She was engaging and fun to be around. She had a way of saying things that would make you laugh, even if what was said on occasion was not particularly complementary to the listener. Maybe it was because it came from love.
Dorothy worked her whole life and enjoyed working. A testament to this would be the great relationships that she consistently had with the people she worked for, relationships that continued long after she had moved on.
Dorothy loved life and loved the people in her life. She was especially devoted to her family. She was active and always doing something, whether it was volunteering to work the polls, running bingo, or playing a part in her community play. She was always up for an adventure, including going to an event with family or friends, or charter bus trips to Atlantic City. Not exactly a high roller on the penny slots, but she enjoyed the outings.
She lived independently. She also continued to drive. She loved having her car and the freedom that it gave her. She also loved to dance!
She will be sorely missed.
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