Dorothy E. “Dot” Paul, 83

Dorothy “Dot” E. Paul, 83, of Lancaster, passed away peacefully at Lancaster General Hospital on Friday, February 17, 2012. Born in Peckville, PA Lackawanna County, she was the daughter of the late John and Anna (Lucas) Efcavitch.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Edward A. Paul in April of 1997.

She absolutely loved the responsibilities and joys of being a homemaker.

Dorothy was an original member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church when it was built in the late 1970’s. She enjoyed volunteering on the funeral luncheon committee. At St. Anne’s Church she originated and ran for many years the “Good Used Clothing Sale” to benefit St. Anne’s School.

She was a member of the Silver Sneakers at Universal Athletic Club and the PP&L Retirees Club. Dorothy found gardening and cooking to be two of her favorite pastimes.

She is survived by two sons, Brian E. Paul of Easton, PA, Bruce R. Paul, of Lancaster, and a daughter Brenda E. Williams, wife of Matthew of Beverly, MA. She was preceded in death by four sisters, Anna Ritzco, Sue DeAngelo, Helen Csuka, Julie Geiger and three brothers, John, William, and Nicholas Efcavitch.

Relatives and Friends are respectfully invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 11am at St. John Neumann Catholic Church 601 E. Delp Rd. Lancaster, PA 17601 with The Rev. Paul J. Theisz. A closed casket visitation will be from 10-11AM at the church prior to Mass. Interment will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dorothy’s memory to Lancaster Catholic High School 650 Juliette Ave. Lancaster, PA 17601. To send the family an online condolence, please visit Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory 717-560-5100

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My heart goes out to you and your family (Brian, Bruce & Brenda).  Dottie was a lovely lady who graciously accepted everyone into her family.May she have peace and joy for now she is in heaven. 

All my love,
Sandy, Dave, Cassie & Kyle Mountney

My condolences to the family of Dorothy Paul.  She was a friend of my mother, Barbara Krause. They used to bless the Easter baskets together on Holy Saturday. My mom is at United Zion Nursing Home.  I will let let know.
Helen Danyo

Please know that we will remember Aunt Dottie fondly and that you will be in our thoughts and prayers today and in the coming weeks. May God bless you and comfort you.

Walter, Bonnie, Chase and Spencer Janus

My Dearest Friend Brian, and Family,
My heart is heavy from the news I received regarding your mom.  May God’s grace surround you and bring you comfort in the coming days.  Know that your mom is now in a beautiful place and watching over you and that one day you will see each other again.
All My Love

With heartfelt sympathy to Dorothy’s family  from the family of Marie Lucas
Popovich, Montdale

We want to extend to you our deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother.
Paul and Darlene Lucas    Peckville

My sincere sympathies to you all on the loss of Dorothy.  I enjoyed working with her (and Ed) for many years, and I know she will be missed.

Larry Sherman

Sherman Werst & Company

to Bruce and Family,

   May God’s comfort and gracious love be close to you all during this time of loss and bereavement

Elvin Reitz

Our sympathies to Brian, Bruce and Brenda on the passing of your mother and closest friend.  We are living in the house which your Mom sold to us for her mother in 1960.  Many good memories surround us.  Many times your Mom and Dad visited us in "her" house.  We always know that your Mom and her siblings had a happy life here in this house and we, too, had a happy life with our three children.  God bless the memory of your Grandma and Grandpa who built this home for us to enjoy!  And especially bless the memory of your Mom and Dad, whom we fondly remember.  Our love to each of you.

Jean and Paul Zyats

Dear Brian, Bruce, and Brenda, my deepest sympathy on the passing of your mother. Dot was always willing to help at St. John Neumann parish with various activities and she did it with grace. She was proud of her children and loved you all. I now live in FL and cannot be there to say goodbye to her. May God bring you all comfort and peace and know that she is with your dad and our Lord in heaven.

Geri Monatesti

Bruce & Family,
Our deepest sympathy to you and the family.
May her wonderful memories live in within your hearts.

God Bless
Larry & Marian Russell

Dear Brian and family,

I am so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. Know that she is with God now. I pray that you feel God’s love and support now and always.

Matthew Montanari

To Brian, Brenda, and Bruce,
My thoughts and prayers have been with you as I watched for notice of your mother’s passing — I am sorry I was unable to be with you then.
But I trust you are held tenderly in God’s care as you navigate this new territory of grief for your mother. May your journey forward be filled with sustaining graces.

"Go in love, for love alone endures.
Go in peace, for it is the gift of God.
Go in safety, for you cannot go where God is not."

Nan S. Garber, Chaplain, Lancaster General Hospital

Our heartfelt condolences are extended to Brian, Bruce and Brenda for the loss of their mother.  Dot was truly a kind, compassionate and caring mother and friend. Such a very, very nice person – she will be missed by all of us, but we can rejoice in that she will be with our Father in Heaven.

Brian, Bruce and Brenda,

My heart goes out to you during this difficult time. Words cannot express how special your mother was. I loved her tremendously and will miss her. I enjoyed every opportunity I had to spend time with her and hear about her life experiences, family history and especially her take on politics. 🙂 I had the distinct privilege of being your mother’s guide through New Jersey a few years ago and loved the chance to show her home state. When I moved to Manheim Township she welcomed me with open arms. Whenever I’d run into her at Oregon Dairy or the gym she would greet me with a warm smile. She was gracious, kind and one heck of a good cook! You were her pride and joy. Her eyes would light up whenever she spoke about her children. Mrs.Paul was one of a kind. My memories of her are fond and I will always cherish her.

Your friend,
Michael J Cuozzo

Bruce and family,

Your Mom was the best. Every time we visited and saw her in Lancaster when we came up from Baltimore, she was so wonderful. Don remembers when he met her after a late night trip back to Lancaster the next morning when you both were in college at Loyola. We still remember many years ago when Stacey was about 3 and she walked her around the yard like another grandmother. Stacey still remembers that and now she is grown up. The entire Barron Family here in Baltimore, Don, Anna, Stacey, Joseph and Michael all send our deepest sympathies to all of you.

May God hold her in the palm of His hand.
Don and Anna Barron

Dot was such a warm, loving and caring person.  We shared many days at St. Anne’s School working together. The used clothing and uniform swap program she so happily organized and manned was a blessing to many families and students. I will always have fond memories.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this loss.

Trudy and Jim Sheetz

To Our Dear Cousins: Brian, Bruce and Brenda,

Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your loving mom.  She is in heaven with Uncle Ed, Gramma, Grampa and her big brothers and sisters.

Our Love and Prayers,
Sam, Beth, Sam and Katie Pickard

Hi Brian, friends and family,

On behalf of my family and the Concord Chambers Singers of Bethlehem, I extend my deepest condolences to you. We enjoyed Dot’s support and encouragement over the years and will miss her warm and loving presence.

George Fennell
Concord Chamber Singers

Sorry to hear about your loss.  My family sends their deepest sympathy to your family.  We will keep you all in our prayers.

Michelle Kieffer and family

Brian, Bruce and Brenda,
   I was so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. I appreciated her friendship
as I worked to help her with the yard and flowerbeds. She won’t see the next bloom of her beautiful roses and peonies, but she is enjoying an eternal garden, at peace with your Dad.God’s blessings with you at this time.

Kameron and Deirdre Dunn

Dear Bruce and Family,

Please know that I am so very sorry for your loss.  Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend your Mom’s service on Thursday as I am in Mason, MI this week for work.  However, my thoughts and prayers will be with you, and Clarence and I are so glad that we got to visit your Mom in the hospital the Saturday afternoon before her passing.  Take comfort and draw strength from your many family and friends, and know that your Mother loved all of you very much.

Beverly Wenger

To Brian and family,

I am so sorry about the loss of your mother.

Joann Consolino

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