Dorothy M. Hopler, 88, a resident of the Waldoboro Road, died the evening of May 6, 2010, at her residence after a period of failing health. She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, James A. Hopler.

Dorothy was born May 2, 1922, in Newark, N.J., the daughter of Thomas Joseph and Catherine Marie Donhauser Mulvey. She grew up in New Jersey, attending schools in Belleville and graduating from St. Peters R.C. High School in Belleville.

Dorothy was employed as a clerk at a nursing home in Cedar Grove, N.J., for 19 years. After her retirement, she and Jim moved to Jefferson in 1987. Not one to be still, she began working in the kitchen of Moody’s Diner, where she enjoyed her work for several years.

She was a parishioner at St. Denis Catholic Church in Whitefield, was an avid reader, and loved her pets, especially her dog Kita and cat Missy. She liked a good family celebration, and enjoyed a good party. She was voted class clown at her graduation from high school.

She is survived by two sons, Edwin A. “Skip” Hopler and his wife, Heather, of Glendale, Ariz., and James Hopler and his wife, Cathy, of Waldoboro; two daughters, Cathy Thornton and her husband, Mike, of Waldoboro and Jean Paternoster and her husband, Mike, of Little Falls, N.J.; seven grandchildren, Michael Knof and his wife, Darcy, of Nobleboro, Chrissy Greene of Damariscotta, Scott Hopler of Tonopah, Ariz., Sean Hopler of Showlow Ariz., Kelly Hopler Coyne and her husband, Francis, of Chicago, Jeffrey Sprague of Waldoboro and Caitlin Hopler of Waldoboro; eight great-grandchildren; and her dear friend, Joan DePalma of Jefferson.

Friends are invited to call Sunday evening 6 to 8 PM at the Hall Funeral Home, 949 Main St. Waldoboro. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Denis Catholic Church in Whitefield. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Whitefield.

Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Condolences to the family may be expressed to hallfh@myfairpoint.net.