Dorothy L. Prosper

January 19, 1946March 11, 2021

Dorothy L. Prosper, 75, of Madrid and formerly Potsdam, passed away Thursday night (March 11, 2021) at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, NY.

Dot was born January 19, 1946 in Potsdam, NY to the late E. Stanley and Pauline (Benson) Howlett. She graduated from Potsdam Central School in 1964 and continued her education in Watertown, NY, attending beauty school.

In 1964 she also fell in love with her companion for life John Prosper, and after a short courtship they were married in January of 1965. Shortly down the road they welcomed their first son John II (Elaine) of Chesapeake, Virginia, followed by twin boys Mark (Pendaley) of Suffolk, Virginia and Jeffrey (Sandra) of Norfolk, New York. After raising 3 boys until they were all in grade school, Dot started a 37-year career in food services at SUNY Potsdam where she became the expert in food preparation and was responsible for the presentation of two salad buffets for the many thousands of students over those many years. Her pride in her work was very evident to those who enjoyed the fruits of her labor.

Dot most enjoyed taking long walks with John Sr. in the village she called home for 75 years, she also enjoyed reading books and always looked forward to the weekend when she could go and socialize with many friends at the Potsdam Elks and visit Commander Elaine at the Norwood American Legion. Dot especially looked forward to taking vacations with John Sr. to Myrtle Beach and also to Southern Virginia to visit her two sons and with families. In the last many years of her life, Dot very much enjoyed having coffee and maybe dessert during memorable conversations with her son Jeffrey and John Sr. at the Potsdam Ponderosa. Most important to Dot was having been able to spend 56 years of her life enjoying the pride she shared with John Sr. of raising three strong and independent boys to man.

Dot is also survived by 6 grandchildren she so very much adored; Taylor, Connor, Kayla, Jessica, Jacob and Sydney and two great grandchildren Juliette and Bennett; sisters Patricia Michels and Martha Phillips and many wonderful nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother E. Stanley Howlett III.

Per Dot’s request there will be no funeral services at this time. A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date chosen by the family. Memorial Contributions can be made to the Potsdam Humane Society; 17 Madrid Avenue; Potsdam, NY 13676. Condolences, fond memories and thoughts can be shared with Dot’s family at


  • A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.


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Tracie Tyo

March 20, 2021

Sending my deepest condolences to the Prosper family! So sorry to be reading of Dorothy’s passing! Hugs and prayers

Rose Pacific

March 19, 2021

To the family of Dottie Prosper:
Dottie and I worked at Lehman Dining Hall at the end chapter of Dottie's employment with PACES at SUNY Potsdam. She made me a stronger person and showed me that Women can do anything they put their mind too. She served me for several years as an undergraduate and we talked a lot of my Alex and Ellie and her Taylor, Connor and other grandkids. Rest in peace Dottie. I know you are watching over us. Fly high Dot.

Sally Sullivan

March 19, 2021

My deepest condolences to John and family for your loss. Dottie will be greatly missed.
Thoughts and prayers 🙏🏻

Kathy Steinburg

March 18, 2021

I had pleasure of working with Dorothy short time at Suny Potsdam , I am sorry to hear of your loss . I would always try to say hello when I saw her at Ponderosa Steak house in past few years .

May she rest in peace

Kathy Steinburg

Sharon Thompson

March 18, 2021

My husband Kevin and I, Sharon Charleson Thompson and Brenda Lindsey would like to express our sincere condolences to John, Jeff and the family on the loss of your wife and mother. We offer healing prayers to you all.

Jennifer Tabler

March 17, 2021

Uncle Johnny, John, Mark, Jeff and Family- so sorry to hear of Aunt Dottie's passing. Take comfort in your many great memories. Prayers and hugs to you all from your cousins in Virginia.

Annie Butterfield

March 17, 2021

I am very sorry for your loss, Dot was such a wonderful person! At the Norwood American Legion it was such a pleasure to talk with her. I always wondered why Kitty would go right up to her to say hello, then I found out she carried kitty treats in her bag. :D Much love and hugs to all of you.

Butch and Sue Thomas

March 17, 2021

John and family. Sending our sincere sympathy for your loss. Dottie was such a great co worker always brightening every ones day. Wishing you strength and peace during this difficult time.

Larry Page

March 17, 2021

Was very saddened and surprised hearing of Dottie passing. Always had great visit's at Amvets when they were there and whenever I seen them walking hand in hand in Potsdam ( which was often) I tooted and they waved with a great smile. John and Dottie, a lovely couple I will miss .

Lyn and Bill Swafford

March 16, 2021

Shocked and deeply saddened. What a sweet woman. We will miss her so very much when we visit the Elks. Our sincere condolences, John and family.