Dorothy C. Leone

April 14, 1926May 6, 2018

Dorothy Leone (nee Claffey), age 92, of Lakewood, New Jersey, passed away on May 6, 2018 in Brick. New Jersey. She was predeceased by her late husband of 63 years, Anthony “Hank” Leone. Born in Newark, N.J., Dorothy graduated from Union High School in 1944. She was employed by the Bell Telephone Company, Union, as a phone operator for directory assistance until she retired. As a hobby, Dorothy thoroughly enjoyed sewing and teaching others to sew. She also enjoyed spending summers with her family on the Jersey shore. Dorothy was an avid jazz fan and was often seen at New Jersey Jazz Society events. Dorothy was the devoted mother of Michele Maloney and her husband, James; Jeffrey Leone and his wife, Yasmin; loving grandmother of Larla Dey Maloney, Jason Hubert and great-grandmother of Hailey Hubert.; dear sister the late Walter Claffey, Marjorie Jordan, and Gertrude Ghuzzi. She will be dearly missed by her nieces, nephews, and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations to a favorite charity in memory of Dorothy would be appreciated. Interment will be private. To send condolences, please visit


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Linda Erdmann Brown

May 8, 2018

The last time I saw Dot, Gert and Walter and the rest of the Claffey relatives was at Margies wedding. My mother was Dot Tansey Erdmann, Margies roommate at Beth Israel. Dot and my mother were born the same year so Margie used to say it was like sharing a room with her sister Dot. I was always fond of going to see their Mom in Union. Was it Long Terrace? I can remember being there in the kitchen and lots of laughter. I always thought, and still do think of your family fondly. I'd lost touch, unfortunately after Jack died.
Please accept my condolences.
Godspeed Dot.