Dorothy Mae Jakovenko
February 24, 1925 – May 26, 2021
Dorothy Mae Jakovenko was born February 24, 1925 in Herkimer, New York to Joseph and Julia Julian. Joseph came to the United States from Italy in 1917. Dorothy passed away on May 26 ,2021 at the age of 96 in Tampa, Florida.
Dorothy attended school in Herkimer until the age of 16. Then she went to work to earn an income. She was first employed at Derby Sports Wear. Her other employment included waitress, cook at the Herkimer Jail and lastly at Mohawk Data Sciences. There she made cables for the first generation computers.
Dorothy moved to Tampa with her late husband, Walter, in 1994. She enjoyed reading magazines, cooking Italian meals, trips to Clearwater beach and Key West. Dorothy loved to dance and listen to the music of Andrea Bocelli. On occasion, she liked a glass of Asti Spumanti (white Italian wine)!
Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents (Joseph and Julia Julian), brother(Frank Julian), sister(Eleanor LaPorte), husband (Leland Rice in 1965) and husband(Walter Jakovenko in 2017).
She is survived by her son, Dennis Rice and Cathy Cook of Tampa, Florida, step-daughter, Elizabeth Jakovenko of Canby, Oregon, her children, Tim, Katrina, and Larissa Zens of Oregon and niece, Diane LaPorte of Mohawk, New York.
Funeral services will be held at 10 am on Friday, June 18,2021 at Saint Paul Catholic Church. (12708 North Dale Mabry, Tampa 33618) Burial will be held at a later date at the National Cemetery in Bushell, Florida.
The family would like to thank David and Carrie of The Grace House for their loving care of Dorothy these last several years.
Memorial Donations can be mailed to The Grace House of Tampa
13315 Orange Grove Drive
Tampa, Florida 33618
10:00 am - 11:00 am
St. Paul Catholic Church
Dorothy Mae Jakovenko
June 2, 2021
Dorothy stayed with us at Grace House the past 4 years. She was was a bright light and blessing to me daily. She always had a smile on her face each day. I could always joke with Dorothy and we would just laugh together. Dorothy was a very special woman who we all loved . Dennis I know how hard it is to lose your mother and my prayers are with you and your family. The peace that God gives me after I lost my mother is I know my mother is in Heaven and this is not a good bye but rather I will see you again someday. Dorothy I will miss you greatly and know I love you and we will all see you again someday.
June 1, 2021
Knowing and caring for Dorothy for the last 4 years of her life has added so much joy to mine! We would joke back and fourth and we laughed often. We had such a wonderful bond ❤️. She had so many interesting stories to tell. Thank you Dennis and Cathy for trusting me to take care of your momma, I loved her like family. I love and miss you dearly 💕
May 31, 2021
It's rare to be blessed with a step-mother who takes on the role of being your "other mother" so naturally, so gladly... I cannot begin to explain the bond Dorothy and I have shared since I was 14 years old... My Papa made the right choice in asking this spit-fire, little Sicilian-American woman to be his partner in life!!
Dorothy made the most amazing pasta sauce! She loved Dennis's flan, and enjoyed my Ukrainian Babka/Easter bread.
Dot always accepted me and my children as her own -- she was my kids' dear Nana Dottie and will be missed by us all... Memory Eternal.