Dorothy A Bowland

May 24, 1921April 8, 2018

Loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Dorothy Antoinette Bowland, 96, of Knoxville, TN, left this worldly existence to be with her late husband, Charles, on April 7, 2018.

Dorothy was born in Manhattan on May 24, 1921 to the late Peter and Bertha Bazdan, who emigrated from Yugoslavia (now Croatia). Dorothy received her Master’s Degree in English from Columbia University and went on to teach a productive 28 year career with the Newark, NJ Education System. During WWII, Dorothy volunteered at the USO in Manhattan where she met Charles, who volunteered to serve during the war in the US Navy. During their time together, they lived in Manhattan, Denver, and Salt Lake City; finally settling in Glen Ridge, NJ to raise their family before retiring to Martin Downs, FL. Dorothy enjoyed going to Broadway Shows and the opera while living in New Jersey and in retirement, traveling to Europe and traveling around the United States for months at a time with Charles in their 5th wheel camper. During retirement, they moved to Knoxville, TN to be closer to their family.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Everett Bowland; son, Kevin Patrick Bowland; and daughter-in-law, Marsha Bowland.

She leaves to cherish her memory her sons, Bruce Peter Bowland and his wife, Gail, of Ten Mile, TN, and Craig Charles Bowland of Arlington, TX; grandchildren, Jacob (Jennifer) Bowland of Mansfield, TX; Patrick (Kathy) Bowland of Atlanta, GA; Christopher Bowland and Danielle Bowland, both of Knoxville; and great grandsons, Joshua Bowland and Connor Bowland. Dorothy will be dearly missed by her family.

Special thanks to Margaret Gillen Meshberger, Director of Nursing, the nurses, CNAs, and other support staff at NHC Farragut Assisted Living Center for the care and assistance they provided for Dorothy for the last 8 years. You all were wonderful and a great and caring team!

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 pm on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 in the chapel of Berry Highland West Funeral Home, 9913 Sherrill Blvd Knoxville TN 37932. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 am Thursday, April 12, at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 633 St. John Court Knoxville TN 37934. Interment will follow at Berry Highland West Cemetery.


  • Visitation Wednesday, April 11, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, April 12, 2018
  • Committal Service Thursday, April 12, 2018

Dorothy A Bowland

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Don and Pat McIntyre

April 10, 2018

Dear Bruce, Gail and family,

We were so sorry Bruce to hear of the passing of your mother. She must have been a wonderful lady to have raised a fine son like you. All can take comfort knowing she is in a better place with no more pain in the presence of The Lord, and one day there will be a joy filled reunion with her.

Please know that all of the Bowland family is in our thoughts, prayers and well wishes.

May the Peace of Christ fill the void in the hearts of all who knew and loved her.

Blessings and peace to The Bowlands,
The McIntyre family