Dorothy Gramenstetter, 1920 ~ 2011

Dorothy Fiore Gramenstetter was born in Allentown, Pa. on Oct. 24, 1920. She passed away Sept. 2, 2011.

Dorothy was raised in Allentown and the surrounding Lehigh County. She graduated from Allentown High School and attended Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa.

The need to help support the family necessitated leaving school and becoming employed.

She became employed at the National Weather Service at Allentown Airport as a meteorologist, becoming the first women to hold that position in the weather service. During that time, Dorothy learned to fly and obtained a pilot license.

Dorothy married Fred Fiore, and they moved to New Jersey. He passed away later. She completed her college degree at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J. and did continue her education at the University of Michigan, obtaining a master’s degree in social work. She then became employed by the State of New Jersey at the Division of Youth Services, specializing in the adoption of handicapped children. Dorothy retired in 1992.

Dorothy married Howard Gramenstetter in 1991, and lived in New Jersey until moving to Moab in 1999. On moving to Moab, Dorothy resumed her artist’s love of painting with watercolor. She especially loved to paint the mountains and other outdoor scenes, having done some 100 paintings during the years here. She was an avid reader, spending much of the day reading or painting.

Dorothy is survived by her husband, Howard.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Community Church at 544 MiVida Drive.

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