Dorothy M. Abel

March 8, 1929November 25, 2013

DOROTHY M. ABEL, 84, of Harrisburg, passed away Monday, November 25, 2013, in the Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg. Born March 8, 1929, in Harrisburg, PA, she was the daughter of the late Park and Mildred (Signor) Smaling, Sr. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Abel, her brother, Park Smaling, Jr., and a stepson, Lawrence Abel. She retired from the Dauphin County Courthouse and worked part time for Central Fill-Express Script. She was an avid Eagles, Phillies and Flyers fan and loved gardening. She is survived by two daughters; Lydia Appleby and her husband, Rick, of Hummelstown, and Diane Riskie and her husband, Richard, of Arnold, MD; a son, Stephen Abel and his companion, Judi Sarkees, of West Chester; 3 granddaughters, Jennifer Doud, Catherine Riskie, and Rebecca Gannon; 2 great grandsons, John Joseph Doud, Jr. and Benjamin Arthur Gannon; her sister, Dolores Ortenzio of Palmyra, a brother, Earl Smaling of New Cumberland, and her special friend and caregiver, Jeanne Eckman. A funeral service will be held Friday, November 29, 2013, at 11:00 am, in the Neill Funeral Home, 3501 Derry Street, Harrisburg, with a visitation from 10:00 am until the time of service. Burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Harrisburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Frontotemporal Degeneration Association, AFTD, Radnor Station Building 2, Suite 320, 290 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, PA 19087, attn.: Cortical Basal Ganglionic Degeneration, or to the Humane Society, 7790 Grayson Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111,


  • Funeral Service Friday, November 29, 2013

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April LaFleur

December 9, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of Dottie's passing. She always made me smile when she was a member at Derry Street Curves.

December 9, 2013

I am so sorry to hear about your mother passing away. I worked with Dottie in the Register of Wills office and she was a very lovely person to work with. I always appreciated her friendship. We had some good times to gether. If it wasn't for her I would have never met my husband.

Andrea Henry (Andy)

Evelyn Doud

November 27, 2013

To Dianne, Lydia, Steve and their families;

We will always remember your Mom and feel very fortunate to have known her. She was a wonderful woman who was warm and caring and had a way of touching your heart.

May the love of family and friends comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead.

Love Michael & Evelyn Doud

November 27, 2013

Dear Family,
Dottie worked with me in the Register of Wills office and she was a very special person. I enjoyed her wonderful smile and kind ways and will always remember her with warm feelings.Sincerely, Jane Marfizo

November 27, 2013

Dear Di, Lyd, and Steve,
I will always remember the way your Mom could light up a room with her smile and her fun laugh. She was a very special lady, and she will be deeply missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Rose and Glenn Lore

Jean Marfizo King

November 27, 2013

The entire Dauphin County Register of Wills office was sad to hear of Dottie's passing. Both former Registers Jane Marfizo and Sandy Snyder said that "Everyone loved Dottie!" We are so sorry for your loss. We are sending a donation in Dottie's memory to the Humane Society.

November 27, 2013

Dear Abel Family,
Mrs. Dot was a wonderful neighbor of ours for years at Hamilton Park. We stayed above her and enjoyed her kind comments and hospitality. Her children and grandchildren were her pride and joy and she spoke of them often. Now that we have a home of our own we think back on those days fondly as we remember the wonderful smells of Mrs. Dot's cooking and her smiling face as we came and left the complex. We extend our deepest sympathies to her family and many friends. May God comfort you,
Chris and Susan Martin

Brenishia (Bree) Sinclair

November 27, 2013

You have my deepest condolences at this time. I am truly sorry for your loss. Although Ms.Dottie was with me for a short period of time, she definitely had an impact on my life more than you know. I will forever cherish my memories with her, and she will be watching over me. I love you guys and you are in my prayers.

November 26, 2013

Dear Lydia,
I am Dorothy G. Abel. I had a baby girl in the Polyclinic Hospital two days after you were born. I only met your mother on one or two occasions during all these years but always was aware of her. It was strange for me to see her obit on the computer today (I am in Florida). You and your family have our deepest sympathy.

November 26, 2013

Lydia, Rick, and family,

So sorry to hear about Dot's passing. We always looked forward to seeing her and jokes and pranks she was going to bring with her. We will miss her laugh, smile, and sense of humor.

Franco, Jodi, and Lauren

ps- We know she's rooting for the Steelers and Penguins!