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May 9, 2013

Dorothy Agnes Kubik

Dorothy Agnes Kubik

HAMDEN — Dorothy Agnes Kubik, 82, an accomplished writer, poet, and teacher, formerly of Hamden, died peacefully, Monday, May 6, 2013.

Born Jan. 21, 1931, in Swoyersville, Pa., the daughter of John J. and Mary (Zemanek) Kubik, she graduated St. Stephen’s School, and St. Vincent’s High School, Plymouth, Pa., receiving a scholarship to Miseriocordia University, Dallas, Pa.

In 1949, she entered the convent as a member of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Community, Danville, Pa., receiving her BA in English, and later, MA from Fordham University.

For 12 years, “Sister Mary Alice” taught English at Andrean Diocesan High School, Gary, Ind.

Dorothy came to Delhi in 1974, teaching English and Journalism at Delaware Academy, subsequently at SUNY Delhi, also clerking at “Parker House” and Delaware Abstract Corporation.

Her passion for the history of this area led Dorothy to the Delaware County Historical Association where she worked, and volunteered as a tour guide. She frequently expressed gratitude to DCHA for assistance in her many writing projects and research, which helped writing her novel, “Women of the Cameo,” as well as published articles and books related to the history of Delaware County including articles for Kaatskill Life magazine, and DCHA newsletter.

Her published books are: “A Free Soil … A Free People: The Anti-Rent War in Delaware County,” “West, Through the Catskills: The Story of the Susquehanna Turnpike,” and a children’s book, “The Adventures of Elbert and Leopoldina.”

Her love of writing and history also led her to teach classes encouraging and helping others to write their own life stories.

Dorothy felt blessed to have had a full life, and believed she escaped death twice: Christened when four days old, the doctor stated “This baby is not going to live”; in second grade she contracted and battled rheumatic fever.

Widely known, Dorothy will be remembered for her gentle, kind manner and warm smile.

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