Dorothy Anna Woelfer
November 8, 1930 - July 30, 2021
Dorothy Anna Tremper was born November 8th, 1930 to John Francis Tremper and Mary Zimmerer Tremper. Dorothy grew up with sister Margaret, brother John, and brother Raymond initially on Cowenton Avenue in White Marsh Maryland before the family moved to their farm on Magnolia Avenue in Fullerton, Maryland.
In 1939, Dorothy’s future husband, Ken Woelfer moved with his family to the adjacent farm. Ken was four years older than Dorothy but they grew closer as pen pals while Ken was In the Marine Corps Reserve, serving in the South Pacific and in Japan from 1944 to 1946.
Dorothy Anna Tremper was engaged to Maxwell Kenneth Woelfer in 1948 and married on October 22, 1949. The newlyweds moved into their O’Dell Avenue “doll house” in Eastern Baltimore and lived there until their 1972 move to Bowleys Quarters, in the Middle River area of Baltimore County.
Dorothy and Ken Woelfer had three children: Kenneth Max born January 9th 1953, Stephen Michael born February 13th 1957 and Patricia Carolyn born December 18th 1962.
Dorothy Woelfer passed peacefully in her sleep, 5:05am on July 30th 2021, fourteen weeks shy of her 91st birthday. Dorothy was predeceased by her childhood sweetheart, husband, soulmate and eternal love, Ken Woelfer. Dorothy was also predeceased by her parents and siblings, by numerous cousins and by a lifetime of friends.
Dorothy is survived by son Ken and his wife Joyce Deaver, by son Steve and wife Mary Therese Woelfer and and by granddaughter Terry Anna Woelfer, by grandson Stephen Woelfer Jr. and his wife Shadi Mehr Woelfer and by great-granddaughters Arabella Jude Woelfer and Nila Rose Woelfer. Dorothy is survived by daughter Patricia and her husband Joesph James Miller Jr. and by granddaughter Alexandra Juliet Miller and granddaughter Maxanna Leigh Miller.
Dorothy (Dot) Tremper was born a farm girl just before the Depression began. Lessons learned from those difficult times stayed with her for her whole life. She would select the best patterned feed bags so to make beautiful dresses. As a youngster, she was always the one who volunteered to make lunch, as she preferred the kitchen over the field.
In Bowleys Quarters, Dot & Ken kept a couple acres under till with fruit, vegetables and berries. She canned the harvest, jams and jellies to enjoy through the year. Dot sold Avon and Watkins products for over 50 years and sold some vegetables to those customers, too. She was an active contributor in local community and social clubs. She was an intelligent and motivated lady. She may have been smarter than the rest of us, but she never let on.
Mom had a knack for figuring out what you had done wrong just by looking at your face. She was a girly-girl when appropriate, but always a strong, protective and fair parent. She wouldn't be intimidated by a stick shift, as noted by the time a new pickup appeared in the drive. She promptly climbed in and took it up the road, just because she wanted to. Mom and Dad had the most loving relationship that ever was, something that we all aspire to. The world is a little less bright with her passing, and she'll be sorely missed.
Friends may call at family owned Bruzdzinski Funeral Home P. A. at 1407 Old Eastern Avenue, Essex at route 702 (beltway exit 36) on Tuesday from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, 1704 Old Eastern Avenue, Essex, MD. 21221, on Wednesday at 11:00 am. Entombment Gardens Of Faith Memorial Gardens.
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