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Obituary of Dorothy Jane McAdams
Dorothy Jane McAdams, 95, of Pompton Plains, died peacefully on Thursday, July 11, 2019, at CareOne Assisted Living in Wayne, NJ.
Born in Jersey City, NJ, Dorothy was the daughter of the Herman and Margaret (nee Yore) Schroeder. She graduated high school from the Academy of St Aloysius in Jersey City where she received anacademic scholarship, and she took courses in math and science at Newark College of Engineering during World War II. In April of 1947, Dorothy married Bruce McAdams who had been anEnsign in the United States Navy during World War II.
The couple first settled in North Arlington before building a house in Pompton Plains in 1958. Dorothy remained in that house until 2017 before entering CareOne Assisted Living. Bruce predeceased Dorothy in 2007.
She is survived by her sons, James of Ohio, Robert of New Jersey, Kevin of New York, and Christopher of New Jersey; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchild. She was also predeceased by her son, Brian, in 1996.
After moving to Pompton Plains, Dorothy became a member of St Mary's Parish in Pompton Lakes where she was involved in school activities with her children. When Our Lady of Good Counsel was opened in 1962 in Pompton Plains, the McAdams family became original members.
Dorothy served as a volunteered at Chilton Memorial Hospital. She was also a volunteer on a crisis hotline.
Among her many accomplishments was her ability to create expert needlecrafts, including counted cross stitch, embroidery, quilting, and knitting. The dresses she sewed and the sweaters she knit for her grandchildren are treasured heirlooms for family members. Her house was decorated with her finely stitched needlework and she could always be seen in smartly classic dresses, suits and coats, many of which were hand sewn…as well as the signature scarf.
Dorothy's baking skills were legendary in her family. Each year she filled dozens of Christmas cookie tins always experimenting with new recipes while keeping the old favorites.
Later in life, Dorothy developed a fondness for cats having raised three. She called them her friends and loved to have them keep her company when she spent more time at home. She would entertain family members with stories of their antics.
Generosity was also an admirable quality of Dorothy's. Among her favorite charities were St Jude Children's Research Hospital, ASPCA and other animal causes.
A funeral mass will be held 10 am on Tuesday, July 16, at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Pompton Plains, followed by interment at Christ the King Cemetery in Franklin Lakes. Visiting hours will be Monday, July 15 from 4-7 pm at the M John Scanlan Funeral Home in Pompton Plains. Contributions in Dorothy's memory to the St Jude Children's Research Hospital would be greatly appreciated by her family.
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