A memorial service for 100-year old Mrs. Dorothy Emma Jones Gordanier will be held at a later date and time to be announced. Mrs. Gordanier died at her home on February 22, 2011 in Potsdam.
Dorothy J. "Dottie" Gordanier was born November 24, 1910 in Deer River, the daughter of Tennyson Arthur and Cosette (Brown) Jones. In 1916, she moved with her family to Potsdam, where her father and associates established the Potsdam Feed & Coal Co. Dorothy graduated from Potsdam High School and the Potsdam Normal School, Crane Institute in 1931. Dorothy majored in Cello and Voice, and played in the school orchestra 1st cello desk for several years. She taught music in Rockland County for three years and then returned to Potsdam.
In 1933 Dorothy married Elmer E. Gordanier, a civil engineering graduate of Clarkson College, in Potsdam. He later took over the Potsdam Feed & Coal Co., with Dorothy serving as Vice President and office manager. In 1935 the purchased a Potsdam Sandstone house, built in 1809, known as the Parmeter house, on the Back Hannawa Road. There they made their home and raised their family, spending summers at their camp at Joe Indian Pond in Parishville.
Dorothy was honored for years as the person with the oldest membership in the Potsdam Presbyterian Church. There she sang in the choir for about 40 years, and was active in the women’s organizations. In addition, she was an active member of the former Twentieth Century Club, (business women’s club), the Potsdam Hospital Guild, and a bowling league. She also loved playing tennis, gardening, reading, and fishing.
Dorothy was predeceased by her husband Elmer, on May 19, 1985; her daughter Roberta, on June 17, 2006; granddaughter Katya Czerepak on February 22, 2009; and two sisters, Florence R. Lynch and Beatrice Cooper.
She is survived by two daughters, Teny Jo Czerepak and her husband Otto of Potsdam, and Jeri G. Norton and her husband Charles Norton of Camden; and six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
If friends desire, contributions may be made in her memory to the Potsdam First Presbyterian Church or the Potsdam Vol. Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 700, Potsdam, New York 13676.
Funeral arrangements are with the Seymour Funeral Home in Potsdam.