Dorothy Brophy, 89, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 3, 2009 surrounded by her loving husband and children. She was born in the Bronx on Nov. 24, 1919, the daughter of Mabel and Walter Boon. She grew up in Mount Vernon with her five sisters and one brother.
She graduated from Cathedral High School in Manhattan in 1937, then attended and graduated from Packard’s Business College in New York City. She went on to work for RCA, Dow Chemical, American Can and the noted industrial design firm of VanDoran, Knowland & Schladamund.
During World War II she worked on an aircraft production line in Bridgeport, Conn. manufacturing the legendary F4U Corsair Fighter Plane.
She loved dancing to the sounds of the Big Bands, Swing Music. Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller were some of her favorites. She was a voracious reader and loved doing daily crossword puzzles.
She married John Brophy in 1953 in Pelham Manor. They had eight children and after living in New England, they moved to Scarsdale in 1966 and had lived there since. After her youngest started school in 1972, Dorothy began working for the Scarsdale Schools. She worked in the general office, then as secretary for a number of deans, and finally as financial accounts clerk, retiring after 22 years.
Dorothy loved being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. An accomplished homemaker, she loved providing for her family and spending time with them. Cooking, baking and sewing were some of her most appreciated talents. The Catskill Mountains and Block Island were favorite places where she has many friends and relatives.
Surviving are her spouse of 56 years, John; their children, Dorothy (Jim) McArdle, Patricia Silberger, John Brophy, Jeremiah (Birgitta) Brophy, Thomas (Kirsten) Brophy, Anastasia (Ken) Marsh, Walter (Mary) Brophy and Elizabeth Brophy. Her sister, Vera Tripler; her sister-in-law and brothers-in-law, Elizabeth Brophy, Jeremiah (Jane) Brophy and Thomas (Jackie) Brophy. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Calling hours will be on Thursday, May 7, at the Bennett Funeral Home, 824 Scarsdale Avenue, Scarsdale, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at The Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, the corner of Post Road and Grand Boulevard, Scarsdale, on Friday, May 8 at 10 a.m. followed by burial at St. Lawrence O’Toole Cemetery, on Turk Hill Road, Brewster.
All are welcome to join the family at the Southeast Grille House at 2459 Route 6 Brewster, after the burial.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dorothy’s name to Cathedral High School, Office of Development, 350 East 56th St., New York, N.Y. 10022.