EAST BRUNSWICK – Dorothy Ann Parr, age 92, loving mother and grandmother, died in her home of 61 years in East Brunswick, New Jersey over the weekend of December 30, 2018.
She was born in Queens, New York and moved to Spotswood, New Jersey at age 4. She took dance lessons as a child and, in 1943, graduated from South River High School, where she was a cheerleader. She later attended secretarial school and worked for a number of years with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture before marrying Henry Melvin Parr, the love of her life, in 1950. They lived in East Orange and Somerville before settling down in 1957 in East Brunswick, where she volunteered as an elementary school librarian.
Dorothy was part of the "Greatest Generation," surviving the Great Depression and fighting on the home front during World War II while her future husband served in the Marine Corps. She provided her children with an idyllic childhood and, after the untimely death of her beloved husband Mel at age 48, also provided for their education and future. She paved the way for their life successes, and they continue to be eternally grateful for that.
In later years, she served on her high school reunion committee and, for 19 years, volunteered with Meals on Wheels. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, solving crossword puzzles, eating Chilean sea bass, reading, singing (although she claimed to have "a range of just two notes"), and watching the Yankees, Rutgers sporting events and the Lawrence Welk show.
She is predeceased by her husband, Mel, her mother and father, Kathryn and Michael Ketschek, and her brother, Lawrence. She is survived by her son Russell Parr, daughter Kit Kobran and her husband Alan, and son Richard Parr and his wife Alicia, and grandchildren John Parr, James Parr, Shannon Kobran, Melanie Kobran, Andrew Parr and Sarah Parr, all of whom were with her celebrating Christmas just days before her passing, not knowing at the time that it would be the most important Christmas ever.
She was always kind and appreciative of others, and her joyfulness was infectious. Visiting hours will be Sunday January 6 between 2 and 5 p.m. at Rezem Funeral Home on Cranbury Road in East Brunswick, followed by burial Monday January 7 at noon at Washington Monumental Cemetery on Hillside Avenue in South River, meeting at Rezem Funeral Home at 11:30 am.