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Dorothy Bellus

Dorothy Grace (Harvey) Bellus was called home on Tuesday, March 28, joining her loving husband Royal (Roy); beloved son Brian; devoted parents Chauncey and Reata (Johnson) Harvey; brothers Charles and Raymond Harvey; and nephew and Godson, Lee Harvey. She died peacefully in Troy, NY, of natural causes after recently celebrating her 85th birthday.

Dorothy was born on the Harvey family farm on Tollgate Road in Mexico, NY, on Saturday, February 27, 1932. After graduating high school from Mexico Academy, Dorothy moved to Syracuse where she attended Central City Business Institute and met her husband, Roy, whom she married in 1953. They settled in North Syracuse and raised three children. Dorothy worked as a sales secretary for 21 years at Morse Manufacturer in East Syracuse, retiring in 1994. Following her retirement, Roy and Dorothy relocated to Panama City Beach, FL, and were active in the Noah’s Ark Snowbird and Locals Club, where they square danced, played bridge and socialized. Several years after Roy’s death in 1998, Dorothy moved to Lombard, IL, to be near her older daughter and her family. In 2015, Dorothy moved to Troy, NY, where she lived six blocks from her younger daughter.

Dorothy was an accomplished pianist and vocalist, and avid bridge and Scrabble player. She traveled extensively with her husband throughout the contiguous U.S., Hawaii, Canada, England and Scotland. Known for her keen sense of humor, she was affectionately nicknamed “Aunt Goof” by her nephew when he was a child, a name still used by family. She read the newspaper daily throughout her life and relished political debate. Dorothy was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, rising to Worthy Matron in 1980; a congregant and board member of the Malden Road United Church of Christ; a member of the Women’s Civic Club of Panama City Beach, FL; and, in her 70s, the elected board president of her condominium building in Illinois for five years.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter Karen Foley (John); daughter Cheryl Bellus; lifelong best friend, Beatrice (Hughes) Lake; dear friend Lois Kitchura; grandson Christian; niece Gay Schipper Beaupre (Wayne); two grandnephews, their spouses and children; and devoted family friend, Mark Harmer.

Please join Dorothy’s daughter Cheryl in a celebration of her mother’s life on Sunday, April 9 at 1:30 p.m. at the Malden Road United Church of Christ, 108 Malden Rd, Syracuse, NY 13211. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift of support in Dorothy’s name to the church.

Arrangements are under the direction of McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home. To share memories, express condolences and sign the guestbook, please visit www.mcloughlinmason.com.

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Cheryl and family, I am so sorry for you loss. Your mom was such an outgoing individual. I pray that you will rest on the wonderful memories you have of her and that they live on in eternity. God bless you all and strengthen you during these difficult times. Hiram

Hiram Rivera Apr 6 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Dorothy Bellus

Hiram Rivera Apr 6 2017 12:00 AM

Many memories come to mind and thankful for the times she made us laugh, debate, and her ability to make one feel at home in her home. May she be blessed with being near those that went before her and find comfort in their arms again. Love, strength, and peace to those remaining here after Aunt Dorothy's passing.

Shelley Kitchura Nelson, Randy Nelson and Lois Kitchura Apr 4 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Dorothy Bellus

The Kitchura / Nelson Family Apr 4 2017 12:00 AM

Our deepest condolences to you, Cheryl.

Mark Reed-Edwards Apr 4 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Dorothy Bellus

Mark Red-Edwards Apr 4 2017 12:00 AM

gonna miss ya..18

mark harmer Apr 2 2017 12:00 AM

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