Dorothy Rose Rosha Potter – Shelburne

Dorothy Rose Rosha Potter, 92, passed away surrounded by her loving family in Shelburne on July 5, 2013. A former resident of Oxford, Conn., she had lived at the Wake Robin Residential Community since 2001. She was born in Derby, Conn., and spent most of her life in that state’s Naugatuck Valley working as a school secretary and married to Ernest Potter, a ground water specialist, with whom she raised three daughters. Active in Oxford civic affairs, she was elected town treasurer and served as membership director of the senior center. She was also active in the DAR and served as Girl Scout troop leader. Dorothy was her high school valedictorian, and continued her education at New Haven’s Larson College. In every sense of the word, she was a lifelong learner. Keenly interested in language, she excelled in Scrabble and crossword puzzles, and she was a voracious reader, especially of mystery novels and historical fiction. She also enjoyed camping and traveling to Europe to visit historical and cultural sites. She is survived by her daughter, Linda Berry and her husband, James, of New York City; daughter, Diane Wessel and her husband, Bill, of South Burlington; daughter, Leslie Potter and her husband, Wayne Schlegel, of Hatfield, Mass.; grandson, Forrest Chamberlain and his wife, Diane, and sons, Kenneth and Harrison, her great-grandsons, of South Burlington; and Dawn Chamberlain and her husband, Pierre Vachon of Sunnyvale, Calif. She was predeceased by her husband, Ernest; and brother, Adrian Rosha of Meredith, N.H. The family would like to thank the staff of Wake Robin for all the thoughtfulness and special care they gave their mother over the years, especially the kindness they extended during her most recent illness.

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