Dorothy Louise Perry, age 92, most recently of Houston, TX, died peacefully on July 20th, 2015. Born to John and Annie (Petrunak) Koval on July 3, 1923, in Somerset County, PA. She graduated from Spangler H.S. in 1941 where she played the saxophone in the marching band.
Early in 1943 she worked to support the WWII effort by sewing army and naval officer shirts and working in an airplane factory as “Rosie the Riveter”. Later in 1943 Dotty’s family moved to Michigan where she met her first husband, Mickey La Rocca. They wed in 1944 and together they owned and ran an excavating company and dairy bar/grill to name a few.
Mickey passed away in 1957 and after a trip to Cuba before the embargo; Dotty met her second husband, Stephen Perry. They wed in 1959 where they had their only child, Deborah Ann in 1960. Dotty and Steve moved to Sun City West, AZ in 1986 where they went to enjoy retirement life. Steve Perry passed away in 2003 and Dotty moved to Houston, TX to be closer to her daughter where she spent the rest of her remaining years.
Dotty was a homemaker, talented seamstress, avid crafter and devout Catholic. During her life she enjoyed traveling, music, dancing and casino slot machines. Her passions were playing the piano and being her own hairstylist. She also enjoyed getting a rise out of people informing them that her favorite liqueur was Hot Sex. Anyone who knew Dotty would tell you that she was the life of the party and always dressed in a color or style of clothing that complemented every aspect of her appearance not to mention the more sparkles in the outfit the better.
Dotty was preceded in death by her parents and both husbands. She is survived by her daughter; sister, Betty Most; brother, John Koval; nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
A special thanks to the wonderful folks at The Solana at Vintage Park who assisted her with great care in her final years.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2015, in the Mary Chapel (Prince of Peace Church) 19222 State Highway 249, Houston, TX 77070.
Interment to be held at 1:00 p.m. at the Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Dr., Houston, TX 77038
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association or Prince of Peace Catholic Church.