Dorothy Stahlschmidt, 97, died peacefully July 6, 2016 at Gladeview Rehabilitation Center in Old Saybrook. She was born in Brooklyn, NY, on September 3, 1918. At the age of two, she moved to Hamden, CT, with her late parents, Will and Pauline Stahlschmidt. Dot resided on Central Avenue in the Spring Glen section of Hamden for 88 years, before moving to assisted living in East Haven. She graduated from Hamden High School in 1936 and from Stone Business College in 1938. After graduation from Stone, she went to work in the secretarial pool of United Illuminating, where she worked until her retirement in 1983. She was very proud of the fact that, when she retired, she was the executive secretary to the president of UI. A lifetime member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Dot enjoyed spending summers at the family cottage in Old Lyme, where she always had a beautiful flower garden. She is survived by her niece, Kristin Lambert and her husband Brian of Niantic, CT, and nephew William Stahlschmidt and his wife Linda of Gilman, IL as well as numerous grandnieces and grandnephews. Friends may attend her Funeral Service on Tuesday, July 19th at 10:30 AM in Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden, followed by burial in Beaverdale Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make gifts to the Memorial Fund at Trinity Lutheran Church, 292 Orange Street, New Haven, CT 06510 or to the Connecticut Food Bank, 2 Research Parkway, Wallingford, CT 06492.

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  1. Dot was not only my dear cousin, but my next door .big sister.. She has been a part of my life for over eighty years and I have so many memories of her, both at the Lake and on Central Avenue. During the 1940’s she attended the opening nights at the Schubert Theatre of many of the great musicals, especially the Rogers & Hammerstein musicals. The next day she would call me over to listen to the score of each show on her newly purchased record. She had definite ideas about whether or not each one would be a success. She was usually right. I’ll miss her so much. My love for her will go on forever.

  2. My condolences to the family of Dorothy, I will always remember her, her hospitality and her voice 🙂 Loved that voice so original… Miss the times at the lake house, thanks for the memories. Say hi to my dad for me 🙂

  3. Dot and my mother (Helen Huth) met at the UI Company and began a lifelong friendship, becoming my godmother when I was born. I remember going to the Lake and visits to Central Ave. After I grew up, married and moved away, Dot and I continued to exchange birthday and Christmas cards. You will be missed. My deepest condolences.

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