Dorothy Hotchkin (Rohl)
Dorothy (Rohl) Hotchkin 1923-2018
Dorothy (Rohl) Hotchkin, 94, passed away on June 20, 2018 at Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare. She was born on August 10, 1923 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Utica, the daughter of the late William and Rinnie Bunn Rohl. Dorothy was a 1940 graduate of Sauquoit Valley Central School and a 1941 graduate of the Excelsior School of Business.
On August 22, 1942 she was united in marriage with George M. Hotchkin at the Cassville Baptist Church, a loving union of 57 ½ years until his death on January 14, 2000.
On her 18th birthday she went to work at Foster Brothers Manufacturing Company as secretary to the Office Manager. From 1943 until 1947 she was a Classified Ad taker and secretary for Utica Newspapers and returned to that position from 1965 until 1974. She also helped her husband in his businesses; his gas station, their farm on Reservoir Rd. in Cassville from 1950 until 1966 and Hotchkin’s commercial refrigeration and appliance repair business.
Dorothy was baptized in the Cassville Baptist Church where she held membership for many years. There, she sang in the choir, taught Sunday school and for 17 years was secretary/treasurer. She also served as treasurer for the Ladies Aid Society. She later became a participant in the Bridgewater Congregational Church for the fine services they offered, sang in the choir and made many friends through the years.
Dorothy enjoyed bowling and was past president of the Queen of Sports at Bridgewater and later Sunset Bowling Alley and Pin-A-Rama Alleys in Utica.
She also belonged to the Bridgewater Woman’s Art Club, served as president and received her 30 year floral piece for her many years of service. As of May 2018 she had belonged a total of almost 40 years and it was one of the joys of her life. Dorothy was an active member and past musician of Kismet Chapter of the Eastern Star and the Sauquoit Valley Stars for 40 years.
She served as Chaplin of the Cassville Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and took the minutes of the Departments first meeting, which her father started and remained active, along with her husband, for many years thereafter.
In 2008 she joined the Paris Historical Society and was a member of the Sauquoit and Kirkland Senior Citizens groups. She was also instrumental in starting the Cassville Skyliner’s Snowmobile Club along with her husband.
She and George traveled to 41 different states and in 2002 she traveled with a group to Alaska.
Dorothy is survived by her daughters; Debra Briggs of Sauquoit and Terry Pahnka and her husband Rick of Seneca, S.C., her grandchildren; Michelle Briggs Inglis and husband Joseph of Clayville, Scott Bohner and wife Karen of S.C., Sheri Bohner Bryan and husband Scott of GA. and Nicole Bohner Patterson and husband Scott of GA., her great-grandchildren; Haylie, Jayna and Marley Inglis and Julia and Alex Richards, her cousin Caryl Phillips (special) of Aurora, IL. and her family, cousin Renee Phillips, the Ted Fish family and many nieces and nephews locally and in the south.
Calling hours will be Saturday, June 23 from 4-6 at the Smith Funeral Home, 3022 Oneida St. Sauquoit with services following at 6:00.
Interment will be in Sauquoit Valley Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
Her family would like to thank the staff of the Willoway unit at the Lutheran Home.
Please consider donations in her memory to the Bridgewater Congregational Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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