Dorothy Fagerstrom

Obituary of Dorothy Fagerstrom

Dorothy R. Fagerstrom died peacefully on August 16, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse, NY with her family at her side.  She was 96.  Surviving Dorothy are daughter, Susan (Steve) Ricca of Liverpool, NY; their daughter, Michelle (Scott) McAvoy and great-grands, Connor and Griffin of North Syracuse, NY; son, David (Patricia) Fagerstrom of Hewitt, NJ; and their daughter, Leigh of Asbury Park, NJ; and son, Michael Fagerstrom of Huntington, UT.  She is also survived by granddaughter, Jennifer (Lewis) Newton and great-grands, Zoe and Zack of Greenwood, W. Australia. 

Dorothy was born in Iowa City, IA on November 4, 1920.  A proud Hawkeye, she received her B.A. at the University of Iowa, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and subsequently a Masters at The Case Western Reserve School of Library Science. 

A job opportunity took Dorothy east to the village of Ridgewood, NJ, where she worked as a children’s librarian.  A blind date found her the love of her life, Arne Fagerstrom.  Married in 1946, the couple built a house in Oradell, NJ and made it their home for 45 years.  Dorothy’s career skills blossomed in Oradell; first as a volunteer and mentor at the public library and eventually as full-time librarian and instructor at Oradell Public School (1961-1981). 

After retirement and extensive travel, Arne and Dorothy retired to The Nottingham in Jamesville, NY, both becoming prominent in community affairs there, as well as active members of Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church.  Dorothy was predeceased by Arne in 1997.  However, her myriad interests and activities kept her forever young until her death. 

Friends may say farewell Thursday, August 24 from 4-7 pm at Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel, 3690 Erie Blvd East, DeWitt, NY.  A funeral service will be held Friday, August 25 at 11 am at Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church, 5299 Jamesville Road, DeWitt, NY.  Interment will be Saturday, August 26 at 1 pm at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus, NJ. 

In lieu of flowers, Dorothy would be pleased that donations are made to the music fund of Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church.