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Dorothy Lee Deuter-East

June 26, 1933 ~ November 6, 2021 (age 88)

Obituary

Dorothy Lee Deuter-East, 88, wife of the late Rogers Henry East and the late Harold William Deuter, Sr., passed away Saturday, November 6, 2021 at Shore Health and Rehabilitation Center in Parksley, VA. Born June 26, 1933 in Lincoln, NE, she was the daughter of the late Agnes E. Buckholz-Hertzel and the adopted daughter of the late August Grabowski and Anna Grabowski Ratoike.

Raised in Beatrice, NE and Chicago, IL, Dorothy graduated from Saint Casimir Academy and received her Master of Fine Arts degree from DePaul University. Dorothy taught drama and voice at Governors State University in University Park, IL, was an active participant and director of many church choirs, including Grace United Methodist Church in Parksley. She retired as an information systems operator in telecommunications.

Following the death of her first love, Harold, she moved to the Eastern Shore of Virginia and met Rogers. Dorothy and Rogers were married on December 17, 2000 and shared 20 beautiful years together. She adored her family and was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her legacy of faith, devotion, and love will be forever remembered in the hearts of those whose knew her.

Dorothy leaves to cherish her memory her children, Karen Dempsey and fiancé Larry G. Conser of Parksley, Lynn D. Reiss and husband Donald of Madison, VA, and Thomas J. Deuter and wife Patsy of Oak Forest, IL; stepdaughter, Nancy L. Morgan and wife, Tracy Alford, of Jacksonville, NC; Rebecca Anderson, who was like a daughter to Dorothy; grandchildren, Harold “Will” Deuter III and wife Erica, Karen Deuter II, Randy Reiss and wife Shannon, Bill Reiss and wife Arlene, Thomas A. Deuter and fiancé Sara, Danielle Bettinardi and husband Jon, Miranda Kraus and husband Jamie, and Frank Deuter; great-grandchildren, Harold “Liam” IV, Chloe, Kody, Maddy, Naomi, Adrian, Jonathan, and Sophia; step-grandchildren, Paul Eric Tatem, and Lindsay Clark (Allen); and many step-great grandchildren. In addition to her husbands and parents, she was predeceased by her son, Harold W. Deuter II, and his wife Geralline as well as step-grandchild Tricia Smith.

Funeral services will be conducted from the chapel of the Williams-Parksley Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 11:00 a.m., with The Reverend G. Wayne Parsley officiating. Interment will follow in the Mount Holly Cemetery. There will be a visitation at the funeral home on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., as well as one hour prior to the funeral service.

Contributions in Dorothy’s memory may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 156, Parksley, VA 23421 or to Riverside Shore Cancer Center, P.O. Box 430, Onancock, VA 23417.

Memory tributes may be shared with the family at www.williamsfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements by the Williams-Parksley Funeral Home.

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Services

Visitation
Tuesday
November 9, 2021

7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Williams-Parksley Funeral Home
25046 Parksley Road
Parksley, VA 23417

Visitation
Wednesday
November 10, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Williams-Parksley Funeral Home
25046 Parksley Road
Parksley, VA 23417

Funeral Service
Wednesday
November 10, 2021

11:00 AM
Williams-Parksley Funeral Home
25046 Parksley Road
Parksley, VA 23417

Interment following funeral service
Wednesday
November 10, 2021

Mount Holly Cemetery
Hill Street
Onancock, VA 23417

Donations

Grace United Methodist Church
PO Box 156, Parksley VA 23421

Riverside Shore Cancer Center
P.O. Box 430, Onancock VA 23417

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