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OBITUARY

Dorothy Louise Oberdorfer

October 25, 1931March 10, 2018
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Dorothy Louise Garcia Oberdorfer, 86, of Jacksonville, passed away March 10, 2018 at Community Hospice after struggling with Alzheimer's Disease for many years. She is survived by her beloved husband, Dr. Paul W. Oberdorfer; daughters Martha (David) and Donna (Steven); son Paul (Monica); grandchildren Danielle, Matthew, Annika, Sydney, and Taylor; as well as her much-loved nephews and nieces. Dorothy was born in New Orleans, spending part of her childhood in Bay St. Louis before returning to New Orleans where she attended Hotel Dieu School of Nursing. She was taking care of pediatric patients at Charity Hospital when she met the young medical student who would become the love of her life; they married February, 2, 1961. Dorothy served in a medical unit with the Army National Guard before joining Paul at Clark AFB in the Philippines. The couple settled in Jacksonville in 1967, where Dorothy raised their three children and helped with the medical practice until they retired. Dorothy gave her time to others through the American Cancer Society, Civitan International, and Guardian ad Litem. She touched the lives of many, attending school events and ball games for years, playing tennis and Bridge, attending Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra performances, jazz festivals, and wine tastings. Her yard was a testament to her longtime involvement as a master gardener with the Garden Club of Jacksonville, their Rose and Orchid Societies, and annual Pageant of Crosses.

Services will be on Thursday, March 15th, at Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel. Burial will take place afterward at the Temple Cemetery (Evergreen) downtown Jacksonville. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Dorothy's name to Community Hospice of NE Florida, Alzheimer's research, or your favorite charity.

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  • She is survived by her beloved husband, Dr. Paul W. Oberdorfer; daughters Martha (David) and Donna (Steven); son Paul (Monica); grandchildren Danielle, Matthew, Annika, Sydney, and Taylor; as well as her much-loved nephews and nieces.

Services

  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 15, 2018
  • Graveside Service Thursday, March 15, 2018
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Carina Machin

March 17, 2018

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your dear Mother. Although we did not have an opportunity to know one another I am sure from the comments that I read that she was a loving and caring woman loved by so many. Please accept our condolences from Tampa from all of Monica's cousins here. We love you Paul. Love, Carina,Janelle, and Marcus Machin

Ann Kincheloe

March 15, 2018

I loved Dottie from the first day I met her as she made me feel so welcome in their home. I always loved spending the night at their house as we always had a great time. Dottie and Doctor Paul were both very caring and yes had to doctor and take of me at times. Love to your family and Dottie will always be in my heart. My husband has always thought the world of Dottie and Doctor Paul also.

Kathi Bell

March 14, 2018

Dear Dr. Paul,

We are sorry to hear about the loss of your lovely Dottie. She was a real pleasure to know and the two of you always went out of your way to make those of us who were your patients feel comfortable and loved!

I don’t know if I ever shared with you how much it meant to Bill and me for you to attend our wedding over 30 years ago.

Saying prayers for you and your family during this difficult time.

Love and blessings,
Bill and Kathi Bell

Drew Story

March 14, 2018

Dr. Oberdorfer, I was your Macrodantin (later Macrobid) pharmaceutical rep and I recall the warm hospitality Mrs. Oberdorfer as well as yourself provided for your patients as well as for this pharm. rep. Mrs. Oberforfer was always kind and considerate and I remember both of you fondly! God Bless and comfort you and your family. Drew Story

Doris Dennette

March 14, 2018

Dear Paul and family, I was so sad to learn of Dottie's passing! She was such a kind person with a lovely smile, and will be remembered for her generosity to all.

Know you are all in my prayers,
Doris Dennette

Paula Yardley

March 14, 2018

My deepest condolences to Paul, Martha, and the entire family. I only knew Dottie in her last years, but I was amazed at her positive energy and joy for life. I admired how she would rise early to attend her Zumba class and work tirelessly in her garden. She had a beautiful smile and a kind soul. I'm honored to have known her. May she Rest In Peace.

Scott Montgomery

March 14, 2018

I was fortunate enough to have known Dottie throughout the years and will alway remember her beautiful smile and wit.
My deepest sympathy to Paul, Martha and all of their family.

Nancy McLean Mortimer and famiy

March 14, 2018

Seeing this obituary this morning = breaks my heart. I so loved Dottie (and Dr. Paul). Dr. Paul delivered both of our daughters and Dr. Aaron delivered me and my 3 siblings so we've known her for a LONG time. My favorite memory was when pregnant with daughter #2 (before knowing the gender of babies). We jokingly called her "Baby Gus". The day that I was to be released from BMC - Dottie told Dr. Paul " IF she is going to name that baby girl "Gus" - you cannot let her go home until she comes up with a different name!" We did and happily took the formerly named Baby Gus - now Kelli home for a wonderful life.

Our hearts, prayers and love are with Dr. Paul and their family. May you find peace, smiles and wonderful memories when you think of Dottie. I know we will - God Bless all of you RIP Dottie

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Dorothy Louise Garcia Oberdorfer, 86, of Jacksonville, passed away March 10, 2018, at Community Hospice after struggling with Alzheimer's Disease for many years. She is survived by her beloved husband, Dr. Paul W. Oberdorfer; daughters Martha (David) and Donna (Steven); son Paul (Monica); grandchildren Danielle, Matthew, Annika, Sydney, and Taylor; as well as her much-loved nephews and nieces.

Dorothy was born in New Orleans, spending part of her childhood in Bay St. Louis before returning to New Orleans where she attended Hotel Dieu School of Nursing. She was taking care of pediatric patients at Charity Hospital when she met the young medical student who would become the love of her life; they married February 2, 1961. Dorothy served in a medical unit with the Army National Guard before joining Paul at Clark AFB in the Philippines. The couple settled in Jacksonville in 1967, where Dorothy raised their three children and helped with the medical practice until they retired.

Dorothy gave her time to others through the American Cancer Society, Civitan International, Guardian ad Litem, and even learned Braille so she could transcribe for the blind. She touched the lives of many, attending school events and ball games for years, playing tennis and Bridge, attending Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra performances, jazz festivals, and wine tastings. Her yard was a testament to her longtime involvement as a master gardener with the Garden Club of Jacksonville, their Rose and Orchid Societies, and annual Pageant of Crosses. She was much loved and will be missed by many.