Dorothy Schept, a longtime resident of Verona, died Dec. 26, 2018, three months before her 100th birthday. Born in Brooklyn, she grew up in Jersey City, where she married her husband in 1941. She later moved to North Arlington before settling in Verona in 1959.
Having worked as a secretary after graduating from Lincoln High School in Jersey City, Mrs. Schept returned to work soon after moving to Verona. For 25 years, she served as the secretary to Rabbi Norman Patz and Temple Sholom in Cedar Grove. After retiring from the temple at age 70, in 1989, she worked as a receptionist to Drs. George and Richard Newman, orthodontists in West Orange, before finally retiring at age 89.
After her retirement, she began volunteering at the Salvation Army in Montclair, participating in a knitting group at Cedar Grove Public Library, and attending exercise classes three days a week at the Verona Community Center. She remained an active member of Temple Beth Ahm in Verona.
Predeceased by her husband, Sidney, in 1979, she is survived by two sons, Ken (Susan) of Hoboken and Peter (Debra) of Greenwich, Conn.; her daughter, Margi of Bloomfield; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services were held Dec. 30 with arrangements by J.L. Apter Memorial Chapels of Cedar Grove.