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Dorothy Reading


Dorothy “Dot” Reading, age 93 of Pompton Plains, died peacefully at home on Thursday, February 2, 2017. During her seventy year marriage to her husband Edward (2014), they had lived in Paterson, Totowa, Hawthorne, Chadwick Island, Brick, and Cedar Crest Village in Pompton Plains.

Dot was a devoted Catholic and enjoyed many years at St. Anthony’s RC Church in Hawthorne. She and Ed lived there from 1959 to 1977, during which time she was a CCD teacher and member of the Rosary Society. While living at Cedar Crest Village during the past eleven years, she was a Eucharistic Minister to the local community

Dot was raised in Paterson during the “Roaring 20’s” and graduated from Central High School in 1940. Her parents were Hungarian immigrants who often sponsored other Hungarian families to come to this country. As a result, Dot grew up with lots of family in the house and a strong appreciation for the love of family. In high school, Dot met Edward Reading, Jr. and the two of them began a lifelong journey together. They courted while Ed was in the Service and then, during a brief visit home while on leave, Ed proposed and they married on May 27, 1944. After a brief and joy-filled honeymoon to Asbury Park, they settled in Paterson. They were devoted to one another and shared a love that never faded. Dot was a wonderful homemaker and a dedicated mom to her four children. She became PTA President, and was always involved in the children’s activities. In retirement, Dot began to play golf and quickly fell in love with the sport. She had the good fortune of shooting a hole-in-one on three occasions! She and Ed were fortunate to have traveled extensively and they enjoyed an Asian tour consisting of Singapore, Japan, China, Hong Kong, and many other nations during their trip. They had also visited Rome, Pompeii, and Mt. Vesuvius on a wonderful Italian vacation. Dot and Ed shared many laughs, and a few tears during their seventy years together, but their love for each other grew stronger and stronger. Ed’s last words to her were; “Dot, thank you for marrying me.” She’s been patiently waiting these past two and a half years to join him once again.

Dorothy is survived by her four loving children; Rev. Edward Reading of Ortley Beach, Patrick Reading of Paterson, Lynn Connelly of Wayne and her late husband Joseph (2009), and Thomas Reading and Eunice Bensinger of Forked River, four grandchildren; Brendan Connelly and his wife Christina, Kevin Connelly, Kelsey Reading, and Dolton Reading, and her family friend; Ronald DuBree. She was predeceased by her loving husband of seventy years; Edward in 2014.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Monday, February 6, 2017 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM. A Funeral Mass will be offered at the Chapel at Cedar Crest, Pompton Plains, on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 at 10 AM, celebrated by her son, Rev. Edward Reading. Burial will follow at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Totowa.

Donations in Dot’s memory would be greatly appreciated to the Passaic Valley Hospice, 783 Riverview Dr., Totowa, NJ 07512.

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Sincere sympathies to my cousins Ed, Lynn, Pat, & Tom I remember and enjoyed wonderful years with aunt Dot and uncle Ed when I was growing up. My prayers go out to you all

frank vandeweghe


My sincere deep condolence to all of you. Dot was an extraordinary woman and she will be greatly missed. She will be remembered for her zest for life, smile, kindness, love and compassion. May she Rest In Peace.



Dear Ed, Lynn, Pat and Tom. Please accept our deepest Synpathy. So sorry we are so separated by miles and as cousins we have not seen each other for many years.. This does not lessen my love for you all. Praying for peace and comfort at this time. Be blessed Joan

Joan And Joe Waldinger


Rest and peace I love you Marc

Marc Punes

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