Dorothy “Dot” Van Court, 101


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Dorothy “Dot” Van Court passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 12, 2013 at 101.

Dot was born on Christmas Day in 1912. She grew up in Glen Ridge, N.J., and married the late Robert Van Court in 1939. They had three daughters, Barbara Zurlo, wife of James Zurlo, of Little Falls, N.J.; Patricia McCormick of Lancaster, Pa., and Nancy Van Court of Rockaway, N.J.; four grandchildren, Carol and John Zurlo, and Sean and Patrick McCormick, and three great-grandchildren.

Dot resided in Verona for 60 years and then moved to Cedar Crest Village in Pompton Plains, N.J. in 2002. Over the span of her life, Dot was active in many organizations, including the Girl Scouts, Bruce Street School for the Deaf PTA and Deaf Club for Teenagers, the Ladies Auxiliaries of the Verona Rescue Squad and Verona Fire Department, the Montclair Colony of New England Women, the Verona Service League, Daughters of the American Revolution (Eagle Rock Chapter), the West Essex Woman’s Club, the Montclair Women’s Club, the Verona Historical Society, Church of the Holy Spirit, and Cedar Crest Mountain Matters. She had also been a docent at the Crane House Museum as well as one of the original founders of the Verona Community Pool. Dot worked as secretary to the chief of the Verona Police Department, retiring in 1979 after nearly 20 years. Dot particularly enjoyed her Friday painting class. At the age of 91, she started writing poetry, and she started painting at age 92.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Cedar Crest Benevolent Fund or the charity of your choice.

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