NORWOOD-- Dorothy Marie Dixson Walsh passed away unexpectedly and peacefully on September 21, 2017 at the Loretto Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Syracuse. She is predeceased by her parents James H. Dixson and Margaret Calnon Dixson McDonough and her beloved husband of 59 years, William Edward Walsh. Dorothy is survived by her children, Edward (Terry) Walsh of Syracuse, Mary Ellen Marusa of Syracuse, Joanne (Stephen) Dodge of Charlotte, NC, and Nancy (William) Kline of Elmira. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Jessica Spicer, Lisa Duell, Stefan Dodge, Ericka Williams, Ian Walsh and Casey Walsh. In addition, Dorothy is survived by eight great-grandchildren, Michael and Makayla Spicer, Jake and Olivia Dodge, Donovan and Mathew Duell, and Emma and Jack Williams.
Dorothy was born in Potsdam, New York on December 16, 1919 and lived much of her life in Norwood, New York where she and her husband raised their family. After retiring from the accounting department at Clarkson University, Dorothy and Edward traveled extensively and collaborated on a detailed Walsh family narrative. Dorothy was a voracious reader who excelled at crossword puzzles and word games. She was active well into her nineties, playing bridge, dining out and watching New York Yankee games. In 2012, Dorothy moved to Syracuse to be closer to her family. She enjoyed the large family celebrations and weekly "picnics" in the parlor, and frequent visits from a Newfoundland whom she called "our dog Sally." Even so, Dorothy always considered Norwood her home.
At Dorothy's request, there will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Andrew's Church on Saturday, September 30 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Msgr. John Murphy presiding. Dorothy will be laid to rest next to her husband in St. Mary's Cemetery in Potsdam. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Dorothy's name to the Norwood library, where she served as a board member for many years, or a hurricane relief agency of your choice. Dorothy's family would like to thank the eighth floor staff of Cunningham Nursing Facility for the care and kindness they gave to Dorothy for the past four years. Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.buckfuneralhome.com .