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Dorothy Kathryn Brunner Plesser

Obituary for Dorothy Kathryn Brunner Plesser

October 11, 2018
Pennswood Village, Pennsylvania


Dorothy Kathryn Brunner Plesser, of Pennswood Village, left this life for an eternal one on October 11, 2018, at 95 years "young." Her heart for life began on Valentine's Day, 1923, in Carbondale, PA. Dodie had a thirst for knowledge and the ability to embrace, retain and recite it. She attended Carbondale High School and complemented her education by learning about God's natural beauty while hiking with her father, Leland. She listened to and memorized poetry at the feet of her mother, Margaret. She followed her quest for knowledge at Pennsylvania State College, graduating in 1943, with a degree in psychology.

While at Penn State, Dodie fell in love with a young scholar/athlete, Bernard (Barney) A. Plesser. Upon graduation, Barney joined the Army and went to war, marrying his "big lots" love on a weekend pass. After the war, the Plessers lived first in Philadelphia, then Oreland, before finally settling in Washington Crossing on the Delaware River. Dodie never tired of the view. She continued her education, but this time as a teacher at Sol Feinstone Elementary School. Raising her three children, gourmet cooking, gardening and travel rounded out a full life and generated boundless memories.

Dodie is survived by her sister Marjorie B. Harding (Jim), children Susan P. Degler (Bill), Bernard A. Plesser, Jr. (Carol) and Lee A. Schutter (Bruce). Three grandchildren and five great grandchildren completed Dodie's life of integrity, loyalty and a steadfast love for family. Mom/Monnie, we love you always.

Services will be held on Friday, October 19, at 11 am at Ascension Lutheran Church, 900 Washington Crossing Rd, Newtown, PA 18940. A private interment will follow.

Donations in memory of Dodie can be made to the small church she helped found, where her faith shone brightly and steadfastly.

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