Dorothy G. Goerke

February 15, 1925December 21, 2018

Dorothy G. Goerke, 93, of Manasquan, passed away Friday, December 21, 2018 at Brandywine at Wall. A New Jersey native, she was born in Newark and lived in Maplewood, before settling in Manasquan in 1983.

Mrs. Goerke was a lifelong learner who loved to read, solve crossword puzzles and play Scrabble. She graduated from Upsala College with honors in 1947 and was a devoted elementary school teacher for many years. She was beloved by her students, first at St. Joseph’s School in Maplewood and later at St. Denis School in Manasquan.

Mrs. Goerke was an active member of St. Denis Church, where she attended daily Mass. She taught CCD, served on the Altar Rosary Society and participated in the St. Denis Seniors and Bible Study. Dorothy was the matriarch of a large and fun-loving family who remember her best for her selflessness and sense of humor.

She was pre-deceased by her husbands, Harold (2014) and Leo P. Dyt (1954) and is survived by her seven children: Jeanne Mindingall (Reginald d.) of Randolph; Peter Dyt (Donna) of Cape May Courthouse; Matthew Goerke (Kathleen) of Hackettstown, Paul Goerke (Geraldine) of Scarsdale, NY; Marianne Kerrigan (Daniel) of Manasquan; Loretta Dobrosky (Dennis) of Mountain Lakes and Margaret Moran (Denis) of Manasquan; sister, Janet Mandeville of Chicago; 12 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be on Thursday, December 27, 2018 from 4-7pm at the Neary Quinn Funeral Home, 39 South Street, Manasquan, NJ. A Mass will be held on Friday, December 28, 2018 at 9 am at St. Denis Church in Manasquan. Interment will follow at Brig. Gen. Wm. C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Arneytown, NJ.

A contribution to the Alzheimer’s Association of NJ would be greatly appreciated.


  • Visitation Thursday, December 27, 2018
  • Mass Friday, December 28, 2018
  • Burial Friday, December 28, 2018

Dorothy G. Goerke

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Carol Konkowski (Corson)

December 28, 2018

My deepest condolences to the Goerke Family. Your mom was truly an angel on earth. I have such fond memories of her loving and kind ways. It's been years since I have seen her, but I'll always remember her as such a warm and caring person. May her memory always stay close to your heart.

Patti Carew

December 27, 2018

Heartfelt condolences from the Carew family. Claire, Steve, Jimmy and I all have wonderful memories of Dot and the Georkes. We go way back to the 1960's. Keeping you all in our prayers at this difficult time. Marianne & Paul, your mom was a very nice lady especially when we were kids, always welcoming us in to your home. I'll remember her fondly. -Patti