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John Michael Dorofee, 66

January 20, 2023

John Michael Dorofee, 66, of Lititz passed away January 20, 2023. He was born to the late John and Margaret Dorofee in Vineland, NJ. John was a graduate and all-star basketball player from the Sacred Heart high school in Vineland. He went on to attend F&M college where he obtained a bachelor’s degree.
In 1988 John bought Wicker Imports; a company specializing in wicker and rattan furniture, and with the addition of Wicker Cushions in 2003, custom made replacement cushions. He dedicated 33 years to his company and took immense pride in his work and accomplishments.
John loved the outdoors and would often backpack and hike trails, including the Appalachian Trail. He liked to garden and complete DIY projects. John was active and played basketball and volleyball whenever he could. He was also an avid reader and enjoyed traveling. John was also a parishioner of Saint John Neumann for many years and was a volunteer with Off the Streets, Lancaster.
Left to treasure his memory is his wife of 40 years, Melanie (Jacobs) Dorofee of Lititz; his daughter Halina Dorofee of GA; his granddaughter Isabella Dorofee; his sisters Theresa Merkle of DE, Maryanne Dorofee of NJ, and mother-in-law Judy Jacobs of Littletown; his in-laws Andy and Robyn Jacobs, Chris and Gina Jacobs, and Amy Jacobs; and his nieces and nephews Larry Sargent, Keith Sargent, Matthew Sargent, Forrest Jacobs, Sarah Jacobs, Amanda Putman, Paige Gross, and Anna Gross. Along with his parents he is preceded by his son Philip Dorofee; his father-in-law John Jacobs; and his nephew Michael Jacobs.
A memorial service and mass will be held February 3, 2023, at Saint John Neumann, 601 E Delp Rd in Lancaster at 11AM with visitation one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the organization Off the Streets Lancaster, 601 E Delp Rd, Lancaster, PA.

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February 04, 2023

Melanie, 
We are very sorry for your loss.  You and your Family are in our prayers. 
Jean & Jack ODonnell (OTS)

February 03, 2023

I only knew John from Wicker Imports. That has to go back to when he first started. I bought the best set I still have today, changng out the cushions with him over the years.  He always helped me so kindly. I stopped in often. He was the best. He surely will be missed. 
Pam Dogger
 

February 02, 2023

Melanie and family our deepest sympathy and condolences on John’s passing. So many memories of John and Mel from Lancaster, Park City, and playing cards at the apt on Columbia Ave.. He always greeted you with a smile. Again our sympathy John and Claire Emrick

February 01, 2023

Dear Melanie & Halina, words cannot express how Frank & I feel about the loss of John. He was such a fun & happy guy. He will be missed but never forgotten. See you Friday and you are in our prayers.
Love, Frank & Lynda

January 30, 2023

JD was my big brother at Sigma Pi fraternity. To say that I had always looked up to him was an understatement. What I will always remember about John was his incredible sense of humor.
P. Mug Christman  ’82

January 26, 2023

Dearest Melanie and Halina,Please know that our family’s thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. John was a bright soul, his love for you both was obvious. The twinkle in his eyes and that great smile all topped off with his too early silvery white hair are what make me smile when I think about him and his kindness and love for others, including us (Greg and Patty) and the girls (Carlyn and Bailey), is what made him so unforgettable to all that got to experience him. I have such wonderful memories of you all. Please know that you are being held up in prayer and meditation and that he will be missed so much by so many.
I’m sorry I won’t be able to attend but hopefully Greg and Carlyn will get to pass on a big hug from Minnesota for Bailey and I.
 
Love,
Patty Engelking (Frye)

January 25, 2023

Our sincere condolence’s to John’s wife  ,daughter, and granddaughter on his untimely passing ! He was a terrific person and a pleasure to know and call a friend ! Our Deep Sympathies ! Deborah and Alan Reingold

January 24, 2023

My sincere condolences to John’s family. Every interaction with John was always positive and cordial. He had a strong reputation and was certainly “one of the really good guys” John Boyer, F&M ‘77

January 24, 2023

I attended college with JD. We played basketball together and were fraternity brothers. John was always smiling and took things in stride. He was a good friend who will be missed. Bill Kane

Visitation
Friday, February 03, 2023
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
St. John Neuman Catholic Church
601 E. Delp Road
Lancaster, PA 17601
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Lancaster, PA 17601
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