Dorothy Katherine Rohrer


Dorothy Katherine (Lagan) Rohrer of Simsbury, Connecticut and Oak Bluffs died on September 18, a dozen days before her 100th birthday. She was the widow of Fred C. Rohrer Jr.

Dorothy was born in Bloomfield, Connecticut, on October 1, 1911, the third daughter of nine children, to James G. Lagan and Mary (Longworth) Lagan. Educated in the Bloomfield schools, she graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1929.

She was employed as a registration teller at the Connecticut State Department of Motor Vehicles, then located in the state capitol building. After her marriage to Fred in 1934, she left to be a homemaker and mother. In later years, she was a secretary for 20 years at Arrow Hart Inc. in Hartford. She retired in 1976.

Her first trip to Martha’s Vineyard was in 1934, to meet her husband’s grandparents who lived in the Martha’s Vineyard Camp-Meeting Association. In 1943, she and Fred bought their own cottage — “R” cottage in the campground. She enjoyed the Island since her first trip here.

Two daughters, Patricia M. and her husband, William D. Banks, of Shrewsbury, survive Dorothy and Dorothy M. and her husband, Andrew J. Denalsky, of Embden, Maine. She is also survived by her brother, John E. Lagan of Loreauville, La., and three grandchildren, Kimberly and her husband, Kevin Leigland of W. Redding, Conn., Kurt Denalsky and his wife, Jeanne, and Clinton Denalsky, all of Simsbury, Conn., and by three great-grandchildren, Meridyth Leigland and Kyle and Kalyn Denalsky, and many cousins, nieces, nephews and their families.

She was predeceased by her husband, Fred, in 1976, by her daughter Carole M. Rohrer in 1973. Also by her brothers, James R. Lagan and his wife, Lorraine, and Joseph L. Lagan and his wife, Sophie, and by John’s wife Margaret in Louisiana. Also by her sisters, Baby Florence Lagan; Gladys Moriarty and her husband, Thomas; Grace Mullen and her husband, Arthur; Marjorie Douville and her husband, Jerald; Loretta Doherty and her husband, Michael.

A Simsbury resident for more than 50 years, she was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church and Our Lady of the Sea in Oak Bluffs.

Her family is grateful for the loving care she received at McLean Health Center, and especially the Skyview Terrace, Unit 4 staff, and Hospice.

Her funeral was held on Friday, September 23, at St. Mary’s Church in Simsbury, followed by burial in St. Bernard’s Cemetery in Tariffville.