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Obituary (PA): Mrs. Dorothy (John Mascenik '46)

Posted on 03/05/2018

Dorothy E. Mascenik, 94, of Stroudsburg, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, February 26, of congestive heart failure and COPD. She was the widow of John Mascenik with whom she shared 71 years of marriage at the time of his death on June 12, 2016. They were married on June 8, 1945 at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.

Born on December 8, 1923 in Jersey City, NJ, she was the oldest of three children of the late Albert and Elizabeth (Bausch) Lax.

Dorothy was a Girl Scout and graduated from Woodbridge High School in 1941 where she met her husband. She made her letter during high school being on the archery team.

She worked for Linde Air Research and Engineering as a secretary on the Manhattan Project which unbeknownst to her was the Atomic Bomb.

Dorothy was a member of the Red Cross where she would meet returning service men at the airport during WWII to welcome them back and assist them in getting home to their families. While her husband was based a the Marine Air Force base in North Carolina, Dorothy volunteered at the thrift shop.

Dot and John lived in many locations due to his Naval assignments, and then made their home in Mount Tabor, NJ where the lived 54 years. In October 2015 they moved to Pennsylvania to be closer to their daughter, Jan. They enjoyed traveling around the word and were serious gardeners, which included a working garden railroad in their backyard and beautiful landscaping.

She enjoyed gardening, drawing, sewing, knitting, calligraphy and just being creative.

Surviving are her two children, Jan L. (Mascenik) Costanzo and husband Charles of Tobyhanna, and Richard J. Mascenik and wife Patricia of New Jersey; the youngest sister, Mildred L. (Lax) Wieber; five grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by the middle sister, Eleanor E. (Lax) Truman.

Dorothy's final resting place will be next to her husband at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD and a memorial service will be held on June 8th, 2018.

In lieu of flowers, Dorothy would like you to take someone you love to dinner.

Published in Daily Record on Mar. 4, 2018