Dolores Marie McKenna

  • Born: February 12, 1940
  • Died: May 4, 2020
  • Location:

Geitner/Givnish Funeral Home, Inc.

6230 North 5th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19120

Tel. (215) 224-6300

Tribute & Message From The Family

Dolores Marie McKenna passed away on May 4, born February 12, 1940. She grew up in Port Carbon, PA where she attended St. Stephen's Elementary School and then Nativity High School in Pottsville. A graduate of Millersville University, she taught for almost 4 decades at Tamaqua Elementary School, while living in Pottsville for most of her adult life. As a regular visitor to her sister Rosemary in Arizona, Dolores developed an abiding interest in the Navajo people and culture and took a sabbatical to teach on the Navajo Reservation, fulfilling a dream of a lifetime. Dolores spent the last years of her life living with her niece laurel Raczka in Philadelphia where she enjoyed attending arts and culture events.

She is survived by a brother Joseph McKenna of Pottsville; her sisters Georgene Selesky of Stroudsburg, PA; and Lenore Lorenc of Port Carbon, as well as a large extended family who will miss her very much. Dolores service will be private at the request of her family.

Condolence & Memory Journal

My Sweet Aunt DoDo will forever miss youtill we meet again ❤

Posted by Geraldine And Patrick And family Baumann - CampHill, PA - Family   May 10, 2020

When Dolores heard my class of elementary students was studying Native Americans, she mailed me a box of books, Navajo crafts, and photos to share with them. I remember how excited the children were as we took each treasure from the carton and examined the jewelry, weavings, and photos of Navajo families that Dolores came to know through her teaching. Her legacy extends from Arizona to a little school in upstate New York and beyond. Such a lively, lovely person! Heartfelt condolences and prayers for all her family.

Posted by Sheila Reed - Elmira, NY - Family Friend   May 07, 2020

Sincere sympathy to Miss McKenna 's family, she was such a beautiful person . I went to Tamaqua in the 60's and she was also our Bugle Corps advisor. What a sweet women, she will be sadly missed.May God comfort you at this time. Mary Swenson Zook, Mechanicsburg,PA

Posted by Mary Zook - Mechanicsburg, PA - Student   May 07, 2020

My condolences to Do's family. She was a very special lady and I'm glad I got to know her and call her friend.She will be missed by many.

Posted by Carolyn Fisher - TAMAQUA, PA - Friend   May 06, 2020


I taught with Dodo for many years in Tamagua , Pa. I. Was saddened by the news of her passing. When you were around her you felt alive. She embraced the world with vigor and loved to party. She leaves behind so many fond memories. Will miss you deeply. Love and sympathy

Posted by Janet Mettler - New ringgold, PA - Friend   May 06, 2020


Dolores was an amazing person, such a kind and loving spirit and good friend. She will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. Rest in peace, Do.

Posted by Cindy Thomas - Orwigsburg, PA - Friend   May 05, 2020

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