Dorothy H. Bloom

June 2, 1924May 2, 2012

Dorothy Bartlett Hawley Bloom passed from this life peacefully on May 2, 2012.

Dorothy was born in Boise, Idaho on June 2, 1924, to Dorothy Lincoln and Harry Hawley. She was raised in her beloved Minneapolis, Minnesota spending summers getting sunburned at the Lake of the Isles and having lunch with her girlfriends downtown at Dayton’s. She met her soul mate Harry in 1947 at the University of Minnesota and, after only three months they eloped and embarked on a life of childrearing, fiction writing, good friends and travel.

During her long life Dorothy had several deep and abiding passions; her large family, her many friends, gardening, playing bridge, cooking and eating good food, writing, the Democratic Party and the community of Oneonta. Dorothy was a founding member of UCCCA, and the local chapters of Planned Parenthood and Head Start. She was also a long time member of the League of Women Voters and The Oneonta Federated Garden Club.

Throughout her long life and up to the end she continued to grow and learn, traveling to Washington state by train at the age of 85, to a women’s writers workshop; writing a blog ( <>) dedicated to nature and family and life past, present and future; and reading her work regularly at Word Thursdays in Treadwell at Bright Hill Press.

Dorothy was an adventurer with an endless enthusiasm for new experiences, friends and ideas. She was an avid reader of history and committed to taking classes through the Center for Continuing Adult Learning in everything from Shakespeare to Jazz History. She loved young people and made her home a haven for them, especially during the turbulent 1960s and ‘70s. Among her other accomplishments,

Dorothy wrote and self published a history of her American ancestors, wrote a cookbook dedicated to healthful cooking and graduated as a Master Gardener from Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Dorothy was an inspiration to all, living vibrantly with high spirits and hope to the end. Her humor and imagination are reflected in one of her favorite lines by Emily Dickinson, “Tell all the truth, but tell it slant.”

She is survived by her five loving children including David, his wife Julie and their children Thalia and Harry, Charles and his ex-wife Ofra and their son Maayan, Priscilla and her husband Billy and their children Ben, Susanna, Andrew and Emily, Nancy and her children Gabriel and Alexa and Alexa's husband Justin, and Betsy and her husband Jim and their children Jack and Fiona.

In lieu of flowers please make contributions in Dorothy’s name to the Oneonta Federated Garden Club. Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.


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Heidi Kester

May 17, 2012

Betsy and Family, I was one of "those young people" your Mom & Dad so kindly welcomed into their home! I have fond memory's of sitting in your Kitchen in 1979-1980, drinking coffee with you, your mom, and anyone else who wandered in discussing anything thing that came to mind:) She was a wonderful, generous woman whom I will always think of fondly! She will be missed...

Joan M Crandall

May 15, 2012

Dear Betsy and Family, So sorry agout the loss of your mother. The first time I met your parents was when you were in Jr Kindergarten at Bugbee. Your father and Mr Mollison and I were the designated drivers for you, Cindy and my Darleen. I was always happy to run into them on the streets of Oneonta. Now Dorothy and Harry are together again. I know they are greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Ruby Mitchell

May 10, 2012

Dear Betsy and loved ones,
I was sitting with your mother in March at the Oneonta Garden Club chatting with her. I can't believe she'll never grace The Perennial Field again. How I loved her wit, she always made me laugh. I always enjoyed her so and am saddened for your loss, for all our loss


Jamie Potter

May 8, 2012

To the Bloom Family, Dorothy was one of our all time greatest customers. I think she might have started shopping with us soon after we set up on the side of state route 23 in 1981. I know I started tilling her gardens out in Morris (42nd Street, I believe) not long after that. With great loyalty she followed us from one location to another. Everyone here always loved kidding around with her or discussing her latest gardening experiments when she came in. Sometimes Dorothy would come with a friend, get a treat, and stay for hours. She was a fine lady and we will miss her immensely. Sincerely, The "Pie" People (Jamie, Janet, John, & DJ)

Roger France

May 7, 2012

To Chuck and the rest of the Bloom clan - You and your parents contributed mightily to my indelible memories of growing up on Richmond Avenue. Your dad sitting in the family car to get the peace he needed to read the Sunday paper - - - your mom's unique method of cleaning the oven - - - to name a couple. It's not easy standing out among the many characters of that neighborhood, but the individualism, forthright concern for justice, and joy of life displayed by your parents revealed "character" in the best sense of the word. Oneonta and the world at large have lost a shining star.

Anthony Eadie

May 6, 2012

A wonderful woman, a wonderful life, a wonderful legacy. My deepest condolences to the family! I pray for comfort and clarity during this time of loss! Thank you for bringing wonderful people into the world to bless us with!

May 5, 2012

I wish I'd known Dorothy better - she was a great spirit, indefatigable and unquenchable, always with a unique point of view and unafraid to express it, filled - when I knew her through CCAL - with the wisdom and humor of her many years.

Joe Richardson

May 5, 2012

Dear Betsy and Nancy, You have a wonderful family. I always liked to meet Dorothy in the supermarket, and I remember a great birthday party for Donna at your house that Joel and I were invited to. Your parents won't be forgotten. Nancy and Joel Fox, Maryland

Dawn Benjamin

May 5, 2012

Betsy & family, your Mom was a wonderful woman. I will never forget all the things she taught me- my most vivid memory is the "loom". For some reason that really caught my attention and used to love to see her sit and do that, along with her sheep wool. We had some great times during our childhood and her home was always open to the neighborhood. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Dawn (Roodhof) Benjamin

Mary Crewe

May 4, 2012

Dear Betsy, Nancy, Priscilla, David and Chuck (and all the grandchildren), I am so sorry. I enjoyed reading her blogs and really wish that I would have been able to spend more time with her. She had so many interests...many that I also have. I know that you will all miss her, but that her spirit will live on in each of you.