Obituary of Dorothy Oppenlander
Dorothy Gertrude Oppenlander, 93, died peacefully in her sleep on August 8, 2017 at Meadowood Senior Living. Dorothy was the youngest daughter of the late Kathryn Marie (O’Hare) MacFaun and Frederick Stilma MacFaun. She was born on November 12, 1923 in Manchester, NH. At the age of five, the family moved to Portland, ME where she lived and studied and developed her zest for life. Dorothy’s father taught her how to dance and this quickly became a hobby she enjoyed. At the age of 13, the family to moved to Norristown, PA. Dorothy, or Dottie as her friends called her, graduated from Norristown High School in 1940. Following graduation, Dottie enrolled in a post-graduate accounting course. She went to work at James Lee’s Carpets in Bridgeport, PA.
In 1945, Dottie married Charles H. Schultz. She and Charles lived on his farm, Twin Lynn, in Upper Gwynedd, PA; they were married for 48 years. Charles died in 1993. In 1998, Dottie married John “Jack” Oppenlander. They were married for 14 wonderful years. John died in 2012.
Dottie loved people and quickly made many friends. She lived an active life that included memberships in the Upper Gwynedd Lions Club where she served as secretary, and the West Point Volunteer Fire Co. Women’s Auxiliary where she served as president. Dorothy worked for the Robert Byren Co. of North Wales, PA as a bookkeeper for 30 years.
Dottie traveled extensively and shared her knowledge and travel experiences with the elderly of various nursing homes. She would make slide presentations of her travels and schedule showings at the nursing homes. These were a huge success and were considered Dottie’s way of giving back to her community. Dottie also devoted time to the Montgomery Co. RSVP Committee that conducted volunteer work for the blind and visually impaired.
Dottie’s zest for travel took her to every state on the east coast of the United States, as well as the Black Hills of South Dakota where she traveled to Yellowstone National Park and Mount Rushmore. Other excursions within the United States included Texas, Oklahoma and Alaska. Dottie traveled overseas where she visited Germany, France, Italy, Austria, England, Scotland, China, Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand. Not wanting to leave any stone unturned, Dottie took 14 cruises to destinations including St. Thomas, Jamaica, Bahamas, Aruba and the Panama Canal.
In her spare time, Dottie entertained extensively at her home on Twin Lynn Farms. She was a member of a Lansdale bowling league and took every opportunity to enjoy evenings with family and friends that frequently included dining and dancing.
Dorothy had two sisters, Esther Mae Alexander who died on March 19, 1989, and Marion Louise Neeld who died on March 5, 2011. Dottie lost her nephew, Dr. William Alexander on February 25, 2008, and her niece, Ruth Lennox on February 6, 2012. She is survived by two nieces, Kathryn Savage of Maine and her children, Lloyd, Craig, Eric and Brian Savage and their wives and children; and Kathleen Alexander of New Jersey, and her daughter Heather Alexander-Brechtel and her husband, John Brechtel; a grandniece, Susan Alexander, and her children, Lindsey Principato, Brianna Tozier and her husband, Mackenzie Tozier, and Nicholas Alexander; a grandnephew, Brian Elwood Alexander; three inherited daughters through marriage to John Oppenlander, Sara “Sally” Oppenlander Frederick and her husband, Ronald, Eva O. Hildebrandt and her children, Matthew Hildebrandt and Andrea De Varney; and Jonnie Oppenlander Alexander and her husband, Craig, and their daughter, Jennifer Isanski Stefanavage and her husband, Matthew; as well as a life-time of good friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend Dorothy’s funeral mass at 10:30AM on August 11, 2017 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 900 Sumneytown Pike, Lansdale, PA, where family will receive friends for the viewing from 9:30-10:15AM. Burial will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery in East Norriton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are by the R. L. Williams, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. of Skippack, PA. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.WilliamsBergeyKoffel.com.