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Saturday April 18th, 2009
11:00am

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Interment at: Prospect Hill Cemetery


Saturday April 18th, 2009
12:00pm

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Dorothy M. Jacobson

Dorothy M. Jacobson of Voorheesville, N. Y., went home to our Lord on April 12, 2009. Born on February 17, 1924, Dorothy was the daughter of the late Howard and Maude (Van Alstyne) Shank. She graduated from Voorheesville High School in 1942. She was married for 42 years to the love of her life, her late husband, Stanley O. Jacobson, who died in 1985. It was very fitting that her passing occurred in the home that she and her "Stan" built almost sixty years ago. Her tap root was there and she was surrounded by the warmth of her many cherished memories. Dorothy loved country music, the Dodgers, pinochle, traveling, baking, growing African violets and tending to her home and loved ones. She was a devoted member of the Helderberg Reformed Church of Guilderland Center, NY and its Reformed Church Women of Helderberg. She spent hours cooking for the annual dinners that helped to financially support her church for many years. Dorothy was predeceased by her brothers Harold, Carl and Clifford Shank and her sons-in-law Roger F. Brown and Robert J. Kelly. She is survived by her loving daughters, Patricia I. Kelly of Green Valley, AZ and Jean D. Brown of Schenectady, NY. She, also, leaves behind sisters-in-law and many special nieces and nephews. A wonderful wife, mother, aunt and friend, as well as a caregiver, Dorothy will be missed by many whom she touched with her loving heart. Calling hours will be held on Friday, April 17, 2009 at the Fredendall Funeral Home, Altamont, NY from 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm. Funeral services will be begin on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 11:00 am at the funeral home. Interment will follow at the Prospect Hill Cemetery, Guilderland, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dorothy's memory to the Helderberg Reformed Church or the Multiple Sclerosis Society.


Guestbook

Dorothy was a good friend and will be greatly missed. Her love of life kept our card playing buddies on their toes, not only during card games but going to dinner and dragging us out on a cold winter night to see the Lights in the Park. Our many conversations and deciding on how to solve the world's problems were interesting. We never did solve very many of them!! As I walked into my bedroon this afternoon I looked up at the curtains that Dorothy helped me pick out. What she meant to us can not be put into words our activities together were many. I just hope these conforting words will brng calm and peace to her two wonderful daughters which has been a pleasur to know over the years. Love Gladys

Gladys Chamberlain Apr 17 2009 12:00 AM

Dear Jean, Please accept my sincere condolance on the passing of your mom. From reading her OB she must have been quite a lady. God bless you and your sister.

Rita Graffunder Donato Apr 17 2009 12:00 AM

Dorothy worked at our home it seemed for over 15 years, helping my mother raise us, teaching us how to keep things simple but to be strong. Dorothy was one of the hardest working, most honest person I have ever known, and loved her husband Stan dearly. I used to love going out to visit with Stan in the driveway as a kid, not a nicer man in the world. One thing I was good at was making Dorothy laugh, I would always have a joke for her and my kids loved her too. I would always tell them that the world is crazy out there but at the end of the day the values of Dorothy and Stan, basic hard working, caring, honest values, are what is most important in this world. She will always be a guiding force in my life, a living angel on earth, and I was blessed to know her. Godbless Dorothy, you and Stan are finally back together and that brings a smile to my face. I love the both of you, Michael Fasulo

Michael Fasulo Apr 17 2009 12:00 AM

Dorothy joined our family just before I was born in 1963. She was with us 5 days a week, and boy she had NO IDEA what she was getting herself into! 2 wild boys, a girl on the way, and another girl soon to join a year later. 4 kids under 5! There are so many things that I remember about Dorothy, and many parts of me that I owe to her. She had one of the strongest stocks I have ever, and will ever, encounter. As my Mom and I say, they "just don't make 'em like that anymore." I am so glad we got to know each other better once I was grown. We chatted about once a month, about all sorts of things. And I just loved to make her laugh. We all did. And we were very different in our viewpoints, but our history always gave us the common ground to stand on. She gave us good, sound advice and always persevered when times were tough. That is a legacy to live by if there ever was one. Only Dorothy could break up a fist fight between teenagers Patrick and Michael with one hand, make a killer beef stew with the other, fold a fitted sheet (does anyone else know how to do this?), find our secrets and never tell, and call me "kid" at 45 years of age! I will miss her dearly, and she will always be with me. My heart goes out to you Jean and Pat (and other loved ones). I know we all believe she is at peace now, but there is just no easing the loss. I send you my love, Gabrielle

Gabrielle Fasulo Apr 16 2009 12:00 AM

Dorothy was like my "second" mother growing up, she was a wonderful person, very strong and loving, and a great sense of humor, she impacted my life very much, and she will be missed by all who were blessed to know her. I am comforted to know she is finally "home" with our Lord, and reunited with "Stan" whom I'm sure was the first face she came to see in heaven. I used to love playing the piano for her, (2 hours a day), when all others were sick of my "practicing", she always encouraged me to sit down and play, today I play on the "worship team" at my church, and will always think of her now that she can see me. Dorothy touched the lives of many, my brother and sisters absolutely adored her, and God is lucky to have an angel like her back home. Our time here is very short and we could all live and love like Dorothy has, and impact the people around us as she did. I'll miss you and love you, and am happy that you're with "Stan" and Jesus now. God Bless YOU! Love, Patrick

Patrick J. Fasulo Apr 16 2009 12:00 AM

As my children, Patrick, Michael, Gabrielle, Teresa and there mother, Marijo have stated, Dorothy was an intimate part of our family for more years than I can remember. Her smile could calm and alleviate the stress of a long hard day. Her energy was without limitation and her love relentless. She possessed the strength of a large man and simultaneously the gentleness of a baby. She was our cook, our baby sitter, our behavioral specialist, an alternate Mom, a buddy to the children, a confidant to Marijo, and most of all, "a friend". She touch all who met her, and she has enriched my life for having known her. I will miss her and she will be in my thoughts and prayers for the rest of my life. I love you Dorothy.

Carmen Fasulo Apr 16 2009 12:00 AM

Dorothy joined our family just before I was born in 1963. She was with us 5 days a week, and boy she had NO IDEA what she was getting herself into! 2 wild boys, a girl on the way, and another girl soon to join a year later. 4 kids under 5! There are so many things that I remember about Dorothy, and many parts of me that I owe to her. She had one of the strongest stocks I have ever, and will ever, encounter. As my Mom and I say, they "just don't make 'em like that anymore." I am so glad we got to know each other better once I was grown. We chatted about once a month, about all sorts of things. And I just loved to make her laugh. We all did. And we were very different in our viewpoints, but our history always gave us the common ground to stand on. She gave us good, sound advice and always persevered when times were tough. That is a legacy to live by if there ever was one. Only Dorothy could break up a fist fight between teenagers Patrick and Michael with one hand, make a killer beef stew with the other, fold a fitted sheet (does anyone else know how to do this?), find our secrets and never tell, and call me "kid" at 45 years of age! I will miss her dearly, and she will always be with me. My heart goes out to you Jean and Pat (and other loved ones). I know we all believe she is at peace now, but there is just no easing the loss. I send you my love, Gabrielle

Gabrielle Fasulo Apr 16 2009 12:00 AM

Dorothy was like my "second" mother growing up, she was a wonderful person, very strong and loving, and a great sense of humor, she impacted my life very much, and she will be missed by all who were blessed to know her. I am comforted to know she is finally "home" with our Lord, and reunited with "Stan" whom I'm sure was the first face she came to see in heaven. I used to love playing the piano for her, (2 hours a day), when all others were sick of my "practicing", she always encouraged me to sit down and play, today I play on the "worship team" at my church, and will always think of her now that she can see me. Dorothy touched the lives of many, my brother and sisters absolutely adored her, and God is lucky to have an angel like her back home. Our time here is very short and we could all live and love like Dorothy has, and impact the people around us as she did. I'll miss you and love you, and am happy that you're with "Stan" and Jesus now. God Bless YOU! Love, Patrick

Patrick J. Fasulo Apr 16 2009 12:00 AM

I will miss Dorothy tremendously. She had such a generous and great spirit. I will miss talking with her, which I could do for hours. Dorothy was genuine, and I loved being around her, ever since I was a kid. She saw a lot of loved ones pass on during her lifetime and I hope she is with them all now, playing pinochle and laughing. They now get to enjoy her fabulous smile that we will miss so much. I am so happy to have had Dorothy in my life - so grateful for that! Her greatness will live on in those lives she touched. "We love you, Dotty!"

Teresa Fasulo Apr 16 2009 12:00 AM

Dorothy was a nurturing and noble woman. She was a surrogate daytime mother to my four children, now grown. Patrick, Michael, Gabrielle and Teresa were greatly influenced by her steadfast and caring nature. She was a loyal and devoted friend to me and we all held her in the highest esteem. We treasured her beauiful smile and marveled at her courage as she faced many physical and emotional blows as took life as she found it and moved on. She will be greatly missed and loved forever.

Marijo Dougherty Apr 16 2009 12:00 AM

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