Obituary: Dorothy Shupe Abouchar
Dorothy (Blanche) Shupe Abouchar passed away January 6, 2019.
“Dottie,” as she was known to her friends, “Skip” to her closest relatives, was born on October 14, 1934 and split her childhood between Philadelphia, Ocean City, NJ, and Long Island. She most recently resided in Redding after 40 years in New Providence, NJ.
She attended Ocean City schools and graduated high school from the Cathedral School of Saint Mary in Garden City, NY and the University of Connecticut (School of Physical Therapy) in Storrs. Her favorite occupation was working at the British Book Centre in NYC in the ’50s where she met many interesting writers and readers.
She loved gardening, travel, books, a clean house, Yankees baseball, war movies, pickles, pretzels, her vacuum cleaner, red wine with ice cubes, the beach, a well-manicured lawn, tennis, NY Times crossword puzzles and walking.
In her youth, Dottie was a stand-out athlete/scholar and earned the Fathers’ Club Award at St. Mary’s. For many years she was a sales representative and office manager at the family business, J. Abouchar and Sons in NYC. She inspired her husband to stop taking the 8:07 a.m. train in favor of the 6:30 a.m. departure to get a jump on the day.
She once accidentally burned down an oak tree trying to remove a hornets’ nest with gasoline and a match. To her family’s amazement, but not hers, the fire department asked not a single question when they removed the tree that straddled the road and did not charge a cent, leading some to wonder if this had been her plan all along.
Dottie was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, Richard Charles Abouchar, and her parents, Lewis R. Shupe Jr. and Dorothy (Devona) McNeil Shupe. She is survived by her brother, Lewis R. Shupe III (Caryl Shupe) of Ocean City, NJ, son Keith Abouchar (Jane Sung) of Arlington, VA, daughter Allison Abouchar Cross (Jeff Cross) formerly of Wilton, and grandchildren Adele Abouchar, Henry Abouchar, Justin Cross and Ryan Cross.
Dottie will be remembered for her interest in others before herself, unpretentiousness, originality, honesty and sense of humor.
Her family would like to thank the residents/staff at Meadow Ridge who made her feel at home in Connecticut the past 11 years, Dr. Priya Iyer and the team at Home Instead.
Services will be held privately in NJ. Bouton Funeral Service, Georgetown, handled arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, take a walk in the sun on the beach in her honor. Donations may be directed to a charity of one’s choice.