Dorothy Margaret Klesitz (Sipos) was born on August 22, 1930 in New Brunswick, NJ. She grew up in North Brunswick with her sister, Lillian (1928-2019), and parents, Grace and Charles. She graduated from New Brunswick High School in 1948. Dorothy married Edward Ernest Klesitz on June 25, 1950 with whom she was happily married for 45 years, until his death in 1996. They had four children; Jill Rice (husband, Andrew), Edward Klesitz (wife, Laurie), who reside in NJ, Donna Zaabadick (husband, John) of CO, and Pamela Luersen (husband, Robert) of FL. Dorothy had 10 beloved grandchildren, Dawn, Amy, Johnny, Jenny, James, Edward, Danielle, Samantha, Juliet, and Emily, and 11 beloved great grandchildren, John, Lilly, Casey, Jersey, Eli, Brooke, Edward, Jacob, Madison, Van, and Reese.
Called Dot by friends and Mom or Gram by family, Dorothy lived in Milltown all of her adult life until recently when she was in the care of her youngest daughter, Jill. Dot was a very loving, kind, and generous person who never knew a stranger. All were welcome to her home with open arms. Her main joy in life was having her family to her home for any occasion to share great meals and great times together. Especially remembered are the fun Easter egg hunts she planned each year for children, grandchildren, and great-grands, delicious chicken paprikash dinners she cooked from scratch, and trips to the Ice Cream Depot.
Dot’s faith was a very important part of her life. She was an active member and elder of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Milltown. She was Milltown’s first female crossing guard, past President of the Milltown Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, and a lifetime member of the NJ State Auxiliary. Some of her many interests included being an excellent league bowler, playing cards with the neighbors and grandchildren, gathering monthly with her "Club Ladies", crafting, gardening, bird watching, playing bingo, watching any and all sports, traveling out to Colorado and Oregon, and summer vacations at the Jersey Shore. Also notable was Dot's impressive finesse in managing the household, being a handywoman around the house, and always requesting a corner slice of cake. “Happiness is!”
Gram, you are so loved and will be very missed!
Donations in Dorothy’s name can be sent to St. Paul’s Church or the Milltown Fire Department.
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