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556 Westfield Avenue
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Dorothy M.

December 24, 1921 – September 9, 2018

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Dorothy Demarais

Obituary for Dorothy M. Demarais

Dorothy Demarais, 96

Dorothy M. Demarais, 96, of Westfield passed away on September 9, 2018 at Genesis Care Center, Lopatcong, NJ, where she resided for the last seven years. Dorothy was born on Christmas Eve, 1921 in Port Chester, NY to Thomas and Margaret Grannells. After her mother died when she was three months old, Dorothy and her brother Bill lived with an aunt and uncle, Anne and William Reilly in Westfield. Dorothy graduated from Westfield high school in 1940 and went to work, eventually employed as a secretary for RKO in New York City. She met her husband Ed on Waterwitch Beach, Atlantic Highlands, NJ and they married in 1947. She returned to work in 1965 as a volunteer in the new library at Holy Trinity grammar school in Westfield. In the late 70s she was offered the paid position of head librarian and subsequently began taking library science courses part time. Her beloved husband Ed died suddenly in 1984 - he had been her biggest supporter of her studies; often bragging to friends about the "A"s she earned on papers and tests. To the surprise of no one who knew her, Dorothy continued her studies and graduated cum laude from Kean University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree. She retired in 1994 but continued for several years volunteering at the library. Dorothy and Ed were active members of the parish community at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Westfield. Dorothy was involved with the rosary society; the Mother's guild and Parents Guild at the grammar and high schools respectively; helping to run bingo, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts and various committees, projects and fundraisers over the years. Into her 80s Dorothy still attended Mass daily, often walking the mile to and from church. She also washed and ironed altar linens and was active in the parish Seniors Social Club, where she took on the responsibility for buying and sending get well cards to members. Dorothy was always aware of and practiced healthy living and diet and at age 85 was still attending senior exercise classes at the YMCA. Throughout her life Dorothy's faith, determination, selflessness, superior intelligence and love of reading defined her and positively impacted so many; especially her own children, her granddaughter and the two generations of children who learned to cherish reading while in the school library with "Mrs. Demarais".

Dorothy was predeceased by her three brothers; Arthur, Thomas and William Grannells and her husband Edward. She is survived by her sons and daughter: Arthur J Demarais and his wife Nancy Osborne of South Burlington, VT; Dennis E Demarais of Harmony, NJ; Martin T Demarais and his wife Diane R Case of Hopewell, NJ and Marie A Demarais and her husband Stephen Grzeszkiewicz of Lopatcong, NJ. She also leaves behind her granddaughter, Claire Demarais of New York, NY. In Lieu of flowers her children request donations in Dorothy's name to the Alzheimer's Association ( or the Holy Trinity Interparochial School Library, Westfield, NJ. (

Visitation will be at Dooley Colonial Home, 556 Westfield Ave., Westfield on Thursday from 5-8PM. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday at 10AM at Holy Trinity R.C. Church in Westfield. Interment will follow at St. Gertrude Cemetery in Colonial. For additional information or to sign the guestbook, please visit

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Friday, September 14th, 2018 10:00am
Holy Trinity Church
315 First Street
Westfield, NJ

Interment Information

St. Gertrude Cemetery
53 Inman Ave
Colonia, NJ