Dorothy J. Verrette, 86, of Clay, passed away peacefully on Tuesday at Cayuga Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. Her husband, Carl Verrette, passed away two weeks prior. Dorothy died on what would have been their 64th wedding anniversary.
Born in Syracuse, she resided in East Syracuse and Clay, spending her winter months in Pompano Beach, Florida. She was employed at Sawyer Jewelry, Syracuse Airport Restaurant, Borden's Ice Cream and had a successful career as a realtor for Gallinger Real Estate. Dorothy had a long history of volunteering at St. Matthew's School and Church. She was one of the first women in the Diocese to be a Eucharistic Minister and Lector. She was very active in the St. Matthew's Mothers Club and Altar and Rosary Society. Dorothy worked with a team to organize the first neighborhood watch program in East Syracuse. Her many hobbies included golf, painting, playing cards, puzzles, ceramics, and casino gambling. She and her husband Carl were active members at Lakeshore Yacht and Country Club for over 50 years. She organized the junior golf and couples golf programs, and played in the 18 hole golf league. Dorothy was very active in local politics and worked with the Onondaga County Democratic party in many roles. She was devoted to her children and grandchildren and faithfully supported all of their activities.
Dorothy was predeceased by her parents, Violet and John Hanus, sisters, Beatrice Kotash, Pansy Horn, Rose Kolonko, Betty Smith, Jackie Gloska and brother, John Hanus.
Dorothy is survived by her children, Jackie (Joseph) DeNero, Sandra (Scott) Rapp, Carl “Chip” Verrette; sister, June Glaski; grandchildren, Julie, Alan and Paul DeNero, Christine (Jason) Nealon, Elizabeth (Ryan) Dirks, Cameron Verrette and Carly Verrette; her great grandchildren; Oliver Nealon and Henry Dirks; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday 8:30 a.m. at Delaney Greabell Adydan Funeral Home and 9:00 a.m. in St. Matthew’s Church where a mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Entombment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, DeWitt. Calling Hours will be held on Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home, 241 Kinne Street, East Syracuse.