Dorothy Jean (Gornick) Parisi

Thursday, January 2, 2020
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Dorothy Jean (Gornick) Parisi, 84, passed away Dec. 24, 2019 at Livingston Health & Rehabilitation Center after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s. 

She was born in Livingston on Nov. 18, 1935 to Joseph and Fannie (Versnick) Gornick. Dorothy received her education in Livingston, graduating from Park High School in 1953. She worked at J.C. Penney briefly before marrying Marco Parisi Jr. on Dec. 12, 1953. 

Dorothy worked diligently at making a good home for her husband and son. She was an accomplished cook, baker, gardener, and seamstress and lovingly shared these skills as her family expanded. Pastimes she also enjoyed were knitting, crocheting, crafts of all kinds and fishing (always happy when she out-fished her husband). Later in life, she took up ceramics, bowling and some travel. While her son, Gary, was in Cub Scouts, Dorothy volunteered as a den mother for many years. Gramma Dot was happiest when she was with her two grandchildren. She loved watching them grow and being a part of their lives. 

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; uncle, Frank Versnick; and many other aunts and uncles. She is survived by her husband, Marco Parisi; son- and daughter-in-law, Gary and Pam Parisi; and grandchildren, Beau (Miranda) Parisi, and Autumn (Eric) Schwenk. Also surviving are her great-grandchildren, Delaney, Beckett and Rhys Parisi, and Colbie and Jacob Schwenk. 

Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held on a later date. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at