Dorothy C. Zawistowski, (nee: Tkaczyk) 82, passed away peacefully at home on November 6, 2020, with her loving husband by her side. Born February 6, 1938 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Dorothy moved to Bayonne as a toddler where she resided for most of her life.
Working as a payroll supervisor at several locations throughout the years, Dorothy retired from Bayonne Day Nursery in 2009.
A lifelong faithful parishioner of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Dorothy was a member and past president of the St. Cecilia choir during her younger years. When her children were school-age, she was an active PTA member holding countless chair positions and was elected to various offices, including president throughout her 20 years with the club. Later on she became a member of various committees and organizations at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel where she served on and chaired for including past president of the Mt. Carmel Guild and was a member of the Mt. Carmel Parish Council for 20 years.
In her leisure time she enjoyed the comforts of home and looked forward to watching soap operas and "The View" TV show, as well as her favorite game show "Jeopardy". Above all else, nurturing her family was Dorothy’s life passion. She was tremendously proud of their accomplishments, and by her own example of strength, hard work and unconditional love, she leaves behind a lasting legacy to be remembered and cherished.
Dorothy was predeceased by her parents, Boleslaw (Ben) and Catherine (Kropiewnicki), her sister Constance Musica, and her son-in-law Thomas Rainey. She was a devoted wife to her husband of 60 years, Robert P. Zawistowski and a proud and loving mother to her six children; Robert F. (Daria) Zawistowski, Janine (John) Byrne, Dorothy Rainey, Cynthia (Michael) Apostol, Mary (Greg) DeRosa and Edward (Jennifer) Zawistowski, and was the proud and adoring grandmother to Natalie (Scott) Pospishil, Eric (Anna) Zawistowski, Christine Byrne, Lena Byrne, Thomas (Katelyn) Rainey, Corinne Rainey, Adam Rainey, Caroline Apostol, Catherine Apostol, Justin Zawistowski and Lucas Zawistowski, and great-grandmother to Amelia, Oliver, Gabriel, Artemius and Emerson.
A memorial mass will be officiated by Fr. Lukasz Kleczka of St. John Paul II Parish at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, on Friday, November 13, at 11:00 a.m. A private cremation will be held at Rosehill Crematory.
In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in memory of Dorothy would be most appreciated.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known
that any one who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help
or sought thy intercession,
was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence,
We fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins my Mother;
to thee do we come, before thee we stand, sinful and sorrowful;
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not our petitions,
but in thy mercy hear and answer them.