Mrs. Dorothy Marie (née Hitrik) Rotto, born January 17, 1930, in Tarentum, PA, passed away peacefully
August 1, 2019, at the age of 89. Daughter of the late John and Anna Hitrik, Dorothy was preceded in
death by her husband, Thomas Rotto, Jr., two brothers Stephen and John Hitrik, and her sister Elizabeth
Dorothy, or “Dot” to those who knew her growing up, graduated from Har-Brack High School, attended
business school, and studied at Temple University and the University of Pittsburgh. Dedicated to helping
others, Dorothy proudly attained the licensure of Nursing Home Administrator. Over a 60-year career,
which included roles with Georgian Manor and 23 years with West Haven Nursing Home, Dorothy retired
as an Administrator of West Haven when she was 83.
Dorothy’s kindheartedness and compassion extended well beyond her profession; she was a member of
the Catholic Daughters of America, a past president of the Ladies of Charity at St. Joseph’s Church in
Natrona and could often be found picking up groceries
for those in need or shuttling those unable to drive to their appointments.
Dorothy also enjoyed reading, traveling, singing and dancing, listening to the Bee Gees, and most of all
spending time with her family.
Dorothy is very lovingly remembered by her children, Thomas (Beth) Rotto, II, Maureen (Larry) Rotto Coar, Karen
Rotto Brady, and Richard (Darci) Rotto, by her 10 grandchildren, by her four great-grandchildren, and by the
many other family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors in whose lives she was a source of steadfast
support, tireless patience, and unconditional love. Her wit, warmth, and ready smile charmed everyone
she met. While Dorothy (aka Dot, aka Mom, aka Gram) will be dearly missed, our memories of her will
be cherished forever.
Friends will be received on Sunday from 2-4, 6-8 PM in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc. 1522
Carlisle St. Natrona Heights 724-224-8688, where a parting prayer service will be held on Monday at 9:30 AM.
Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 AM in Most Blessed Sacrament Church. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery,
Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers. contributions in memory of Dorothy may be made to St. Jude's Childrens
Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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