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Founding Member of St. Matthew Lutheran Dies at 95

Dorothy Shockey, charter member of both the Lutheran Home Auxiliary and the Historical Society of Moorestown, was active in the community throughout her life.

Dorothy A. Shockey (nee Dietle), a founding member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Moorestown, died at the age of 95 on April 30.

Dorothy was born in Somerset County, PA in 1917 and moved to Moorestown in 1947 with her late husband, Rev. Dr. Ralph Shockey, when he became the administrator of the newly acquired Lutheran Home of Moorestown.

She was a founding member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church upon its creation in 1950 and co-founded Church Women United, a worldwide ecumenical organization from whom she recently received the Valiant Woman award from the local chapter.

Dorothy was a charter member of the Auxiliary to the Lutheran Home and remained active for 66 years, receiving the Life Achievement Award in 2009. She was also a longtime member of the Moorestown Women’s Club, chaired the first PTA fair in 1950 and was a charter member of the Historical Society of Moorestown that her late husband helped found.

Dorothy was very active in many events and organizations into her 90s. She excelled at bridge and was a loyal Phillies fan.

She was the mother of the late Anna, David and Bonnie; grandmother of Michele (John), David Jr. (Maria) and Carol (Jose); and great grandmother of Joseph and Isabella. She is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 318 Chester Ave., Moorestown. Interment will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Auxiliary of the Lutheran Home, 255 E. Main St., Moorestown, NJ, or to St. Matthews Lutheran Church. Condolences may be left at  www.lewisfuneralhomemoorestown.com.

Courtesy of Lewis Funeral Home

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