Dorothy Marie TaBois

NEWARK - Dorothy Marie TaBois, 93, passed away peacefully on October 17, 2019, in the presence of her loving family.  She was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, and was the daughter of Charles and Mary Ann (Makely) Buchalski.  Upon graduation from James. J. Farris High School, Dorothy did clerical work for a number of years. On a beautiful summer day at the Jersey Shore, Dorothy met the love of her life, Clarence J. TaBois. They happily married and initially settled in Bayonne, New Jersey. A few years later, Dorothy and Clarence relocated to Newark, Delaware.  Dorothy was a devoted homemaker who raised her family, and in later years, enjoyed working at the University of Delaware’s original book store. In June 2003, Dorothy and Clarence celebrated 57 years of marriage with a renewal of their vows.  Clarence passed away three months later in September 2003.

Dorothy was a proud member of the Altar Society of Holy Family Church, Newark, DE, and was a caring and dedicated Eucharistic Minister at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in Delaware City, DE.  Dorothy volunteered her time in support of Meals on Wheels, making deliveries to individuals who were unable to prepare their own meals. She enjoyed lunchtime with her family and friends, day trips, and exercising at the Newark Senior Center.  Dorothy was a member of the Club Continental, a group where members socialized by playing cards, planning parties, traveling, and going out together to see exciting events at the Three Little Bakers Dinner Theatre.  Dorothy was also an avid Bunco player and met with a group of ladies monthly. She was a true sports fan and loved watching the Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Phillies, and University of Delaware Blue Hens Football.  Her other favorite pastimes included bowling, knitting, crocheting and reading.

Dorothy cherished her family and looked forward to celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, special events, and holidays.  She believed in the power of prayer and over her lifetime, she prayed daily for those in need.  In addition to her parents, Dorothy was predeceased by her husband, Clarence, and her brothers - Michael, John, and Robert. Dorothy’s memory and legacy will be carried on by her daughters and sons-in-law - Diane and Donald McGee, of Delaware City, Michele and Rich Barbera of Newark; four grandchildren - Lynanne Gares (William), Brian McGee (Marcella), Mark and Ryan Barbera; Six great grandchildren - Justin and Kyle Gares; Evan, Breanna, Shannon and Sean McGee; her sister, Bernadette Kocholis and her husband, Charles, of Lyndhurst, NJ; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be on Tuesday October 22, 2019 from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 A.M. at St. Margaret of Scotland Church, 2431 Frazer Rd., Newark, DE 19702. Interment will follow at All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington, DE 19808. Those who wish to remember Dorothy in a special way can make gifts in her memory to the Food Bank of Delaware, 222 Lake Dr, Newark, DE 19702. 


Submitted by Robin Schamber on
I'm so sorry to hear of Dorothy's passing! She was a beautiful person. Prayers for you Michele,Diane and your families.

Submitted by Vinnie Hughto on
I cant begin to express how sorry I am to hear about your moms passing. She was such a wonderful, caring person who only wanted her family to feel loved and be happy. She included me in her loving arms and had me call her mom, which I cherished every time I spoke to her. She will be dearly missed by me and my whole family. May she rest again in Clarence's arms. Love to all

Submitted by Linda Reeves on
Sorry to hear the passing of your Mom. Our hearts and prayers are with you and family.

Submitted by Marion Gebhart on
We are so sorry for your loss. Dorothy was a wonderful person and we know our Mom, (Anna May Riebe) cherished their close friendship! Please know all of you are in our prayers. Marion & Scott Gebhart, Barbara Riebe

Submitted by Louise Saxton C... on
Diane, I was very saddened to read of your mother’s passing today. I have fond memories of Dorothy during our high school days. She always graciously welcomed me into your home with her warm smiling face. Dorothy was the epitome of a true Christian lady in her devotion to the Lord, her family, and friends. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for you and your family. May God give you strength and comfort in the days ahead. God bless!

Submitted by Kevin McDerby on
Diane, I am truly sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. She was a tremendous woman. I know you are left with a void that can never be filled. A wise priest once told me that- “You never lose what you love if you love what you lose.” Your mother will live on with you forever. I am sad to say that I will not be able to attend your mother’s services. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Kevin

Submitted by Richard M. Magner on
I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Your Mom was a warm and gracious lady who always greeted you with a smile. I pray that your families are comforted in knowing that she was thought of in a beautiful way. She is with your Dad in eternal rest be comforted in knowing that. I cannot make the service because of a prior doctor’s appointment at the VA hospital. My prayers are with you and your families, may God bless you.

Submitted by Berni (Magner) ... on
Dear Diane, Michele and your family: Greg and I are very sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was a lovely person who always had a warm smile and kind greeting whenever you crossed her path. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

Submitted by Pat Sparks on
Dear Diane and Michele, I am so sorry to learn of your mom's passing. She was such a special lady who loved you all so much! I pray that knowing she is in heaven with your dad brings you all some measure of comfort. Dot was loved by so many and will be missed so much. My prayers will be with you on Tuesday as I will be unable to attend her service. May God wrap his loving arms around you and wipe away your tears.

Submitted by Penni Frassico on
Diane and family, I am so sorry to learn of you Mom’s passing. I remember her fondly from the Bookstore.

Submitted by Theresa Orecchi... on
Diane- it is always very hard to have your mother, your major support, transition to God. May God’s angels surround you and bring peace and love that your mother is happily enjoying heaven’s love.

Submitted by Elaine Keegan on
Diane, I am so sorry to hear of your heart wrenching loss. My prayer for you and your family is to know the awesome peace and love your mother now lives.

Submitted by Deb Descloux on
Rest In Peace sweet Aunt Dot. You are so loved.

Submitted by frank comegys on
Condolences to the family of Dorothy Marie TaBois. Diane, while I am so sorry for the loss of your mom, but I am pleased that you had her for so many years. I lost my mom at age 15. The sorrow of your loss will fade somewhat over time but the many many many years of memories will last your lifetime; so grieve as you need but then remember forever.