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Dorothy Klemm

September 16, 1936January 7, 2021

Dorothy C. Klemm, 84, of Park Ridge, passed away peacefully on January 7, 2021. Preceded by beloved husband Robert Klemm. Devoted mother of eight children: Beth, husband John Napoli; Scott, wife Juliette; Kurt, wife Beth; Suzanne, husband Mark Hanslin; Douglas, wife Janet; Kate, husband Patrick Keeley; Paul, wife Dina; and Jennifer, husband Mike Trepicchio. Loving grandmother of 20: Craig, Jenna, Deanna, Paul, Jessica, Tom, Brian, Sarah, Ryan, Alix, Amanda, Drew, Kyle, Maya, Declan, Teddy, Henry, Molly, Luke, and Rowan. Great-grandmother of 7: Cole, Emily, Kylie, Ryan, Nolan, Anna Lucia, and Camelia. Born in Hoboken, Dot was raised in Tenafly by her parents, Charles and Gladys Miller, along with her deceased older brother, Howard. She graduated from Farleigh Dickinson University with an associate’s degree in 1957, and later received a bachelor’s degree from William Patterson University. In 1964, she moved to Park Ridge with her husband, Bob, to raise their family. In 1976, they dedicated their lives to serving the Lord by opening and operating The Good News Bookstore in Hillsdale for nearly three decades. They were actively involved parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy in Park Ridge, where they made lifelong friendships through bible studies, prayer groups, and Cursillo. Years following Bob’s passing, Dot’s love of the beach led her to a retirement in Spring Lake, where she also enjoyed playing tennis and golf, and watching Yankees baseball. Dot spent her final years in Wyckoff, living closer to some of her children. The family will receive their relatives and friends on Tuesday, January 12, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Mercy, 2 Freemont Avenue, Park Ridge for a Mass celebrating Dot’s life and faith. The burial will follow at George Washington Memorial Park, 234 Paramus Road, Paramus. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Little Sisters of the Poor in Totowa, and The Tri-Boro Food Pantry in Park Ridge.


  • Funeral Mass

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021


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Molly and Gary Parro

January 12, 2021

Gary and I were so sad to hear of Dot's passing. May she rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Doug. She will live on through her many grand children and great grand children. Best wishes to you in this time of sorrow. Molly and Gary Parro.

Margaret BurkeMurphy

January 11, 2021

Sincere condolences to Suzanne and your family on your loss. May your mother rest in peace.
The Murphy family.

Joan E Paff

January 10, 2021

To know Bob & Dot was to love and admire their devotion to each other and to their faith. I was blessed to see them often in the store, thankful for all they did to help me find just the right gift and to see me through my children’s sacraments. May she Rest In Peace with her Lord.
May the peace of our Lord be with all of you.
Sincerely, Joan E. Paff

Ginny Sauer

January 10, 2021

I have such warm memories of meeting the Klemm's in their book store. Always bustling with customers who shared their joy in Christ. I thank the Lord for Dot and Bob.