Dorothy M. Tipke, 85, died peacefully at home surrounded by family after a long and valiant battle with COPD on November 29, 2020.
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"Dottie" was born on June 30, 1935 to the late Frank and Frances Zygmont. A graduate of Greenwich High School, she raised her three children before becoming an Executive Assistant at Flik International in Purchase, NY.
Dottie and her husband Erich lived most of their life in Greenwich, CT before retiring to Port Charlotte, Florida where they enjoyed the constant warm and sunny weather, especially on their boat. Dottie was an active volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and CARE ReUse Store of Charlotte County, always looking for ways to help others in her community. Known for her big heart, she never hesitated to give money to the homeless, a ride to those in need of a lift, or help find the occasional odd job for anyone in hard times. She was loved by her community, and would often be treated to breakfast by the “burly men” who saw her sitting on her own. Make no mistake--Dottie was not lonely. Small yet mighty, she brought her spunk wherever she went. Dottie was the Recipient of the 2014 United Way Community Spirit Award.
In 2019, Dottie moved back to Greenwich, CT to be closer to her family. She was not one to sit around. Her strength will always be admired by those who knew her, and her spirit will be dearly missed.
Dottie is survived by her sons, Erich (Flo) Tipke of Stratford, CT; Jeff (Linda) Tipke of Queensbury, NY and daughter Rhonda (Michael) Tartaglia of Greenwich, CT; Sister, Jean Lynagh of Greenwich, CT; she is lovingly remembered by her grandchildren, Thomas (Kelly) Flannery, Jonathan (Kim) and Kevin Tipke, Joseph DiBetta,
Kimberly and Michael Tartaglia; and her great-grandchildren, Avery and Tommy Flannery, Nathan and Alexander Tipke.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Erich Tipke, daughter-in-law Sharon Tipke, and great granddaughter Kylie Flannery.
The family would like to give a special thanks to Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County, and to Dr. Steven Glasser, Dr. Sandra Wainwright, and Dr. Alissa Greenberg for their exceptional care.
Services will be Private.
In lieu of flowers, please honor Dottie by carrying out a random act of kindness that makes someone's day better or donations in her memory may be made to:
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St.Jude Place , Memphis, TN. 38105 or online: stjude.org.
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