Dorothy Houlihan

Obituary of Dorothy J. Houlihan

Dorothy "Dottie" Houlihan of Endwell passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 21, 2021, age 100, with her cat, Sassy, sleeping on her lap. She goes to join her beloved husband of 58 years, John 'Jack' Houlihan, who predeceased her in 2009. Dottie lived a full life as a wonderful mother, grandmother and homemaker. Her cookies, pies, jams, and applesauce were legendary. She enjoyed traveling extensively for many years with her husband. Dottie was a lover of music, reading, and crossword puzzles. She was an avid skier, gardener, bird-watcher, and animal lover. Dottie was born to Andrew and Maude Van Atta of Binghamton in July of 1920. She was predeceased by her brother, John R. Van Atta and sisters, Nancy (Richard) Higby and Faye Van Atta. She is survived by her children, Nancy and Tom Fitzgerald, Niskayuna, NY; Jack and Kim Houlihan, Steamboat Springs, CO.; and Susan Houlihan and Domenic DiVirgilio Jr., Little Meadows, PA. She was the cherished grandmother of Bailey (Trevor) Gleason Fitzgerald; Kelsey (Andrew) Fogelsonger; Kasey Houlihan; and Jackie Houlihan. Dottie is also survived by her long time caregiver and friend, Carol Papkov, sisters-in-law Joan Van Atta, Mary Ann Giblin, Maryann Houlihan, and Sr. Patricia Houlihan along with numerous nieces and nephews. The family is grateful to Alicia, Maria, Lindsey, Cassandra, Kim and all of the nurses, CNA's and staff at Vestal Park Nursing Center and Carol Papkov for their attentive and compassionate care during the final years of Dottie's life. Per Dottie's wishes, internment will be private. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in memory of Dottie may be made to The Humane Society, 167 Conklin Ave, Binghamton, NY 13903.
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