OBITUARY

Dorothy Branchick

Born December 14, 1924

Dorothy Possell Branchick, 87, died peacefully at Ramapo Manor in Suffern after her long fight with dementia, where she resided for the last three years. She lived in New City until 1988 when she retired from the Clarkstown School District and moved to Southampton, New Jersey. Formerly a member of the St. Augustine Church in New City, she was known for her devotion to family, self dependence, and fiery personality. Dotty lost two husbands - Stanley Possell in 1967 and Albert Branchick in 1998 - and is survived by her two children, Steven Possell and Barbara Ann (Possell) Hall, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Stanley was in the Coast Guard when she met him through a civilian-to-military correspondence program. They married soon after the war and settled in her hometown, the Bronx. When the neighborhood turned rougher in the early 1960s they uprooted with their children and moved upstate, to New City. After Stanley's fatal car accident, Dorothy supported the family, working at Swivelier then employed in the payroll department at Clarkstown Central Schools. Friends and family may pay respects on Sunday from 2-4pm & 7-9pm at Higgins Funeral Home in Stony Point, NY. The funeral mass is at St. Peters Church in Haverstraw on Monday at 10am. She will be buried with Stanley at the Onderdonk Rockland County Veterans Cemetery in Ramapo Township. In memory of Dorothy, please make contributions to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , her favorite charity. Dotty will be sorely missed by those who were fortunate to know her. The family wishes to thank all the staff at Ramapo Manor, including Dr. Kane, for their exceptional support and care in her last years.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, January 29, 2012
  • Visitation Sunday, January 29, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, January 30, 2012
REMEMBERING

Dorothy Branchick

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Ed Mangiafico

January 30, 2012

I have many fond memories of my cousin Dorothy from younger days long ago. I know that her memories will be of great inspiration to all her family.

Andrea Vicidomini-LaMantia

January 29, 2012

Although I never got to meet Dorothy, I've loved hearing her children share wonderful stories. I hope these memories will be a source of comfort in the days to come.

Tricia n Luke Possell VanPelt

January 29, 2012

We will miss you Great Grandma. We loved all the time we got to spend with you. We will pray for you every night and will get to tell luke all the GREAT story's about his NANNY. xoxoxo

Liz Possell

January 29, 2012

I will miss MY NANNY so very much. She was a GREAT GRANDMA. You will always be in my heart thoughts and prayer Nanny you and my Mother I MISS YOU BOTH sooooo much. xoxoxoxo

John Pandolfo

January 29, 2012

I will miss my beautiful aunt. she was like a second mother to me!

John Pandolfo

January 28, 2012

I will miss my beautiful aunt. She was like a second mother to me.

Melissa Winton

January 28, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dorothy's wonderful family.
Melissa and Connor Winton (Tarrytown, NY)

Steve Hall

January 28, 2012

She raised two wonderful children!

FROM THE FAMILY