Dorothy M. Damphier Sowle, 71, a resident of Wilkinson Residential Health Care Facility and formerly of Petoff Garden Apartments, Gloversville, died Wednesday morning, November 6, 2013, at St. Mary's Healthcare, Amsterdam, with her loving family that never left her side. She battled COPD for several years and was known by everyone as a true fighter.
She was born in Amsterdam on October 23, 1942, a daughter of Walter and Marion Pischel May and was educated in Galway. Dorothy was a lifelong area resident.
She worked as a bartender/waitress in many area restaurants and in the late 80s operated Dorothy's Lounge in Broadalbin.
Dorothy M. Damphier Sowle
She enjoyed music, playing bingo, fishing, and spending time in the sun at the lake. Her greatest joy was being with her family, especially her grandchildren.
She was married to David R. Damphier on June 26, 1959. He died June 14, 1968. She later married David J. Sowle.
Survivors include two sons, David R. (Penny) Damphier of Broadalbin and John P. (Sheryl) Damphier of Johnstown; three daughters, Michele E. Harder of Gloversville, Cherise M. (Thomas) Bellandi and Tonia M. Stockigt, all of Broadalbin; a brother, Robert (Noreen) May of Providence; a sister, Shirley Sowle of Providence; thirteen grandchildren, David R. Damphier III, Tamara Damphier, Samantha (Harder) Bonanno, Scott Harder, Stacy, Jacob, and John Damphier, Krystie, Ben, Abigail, and Sophia Bellandi, and Andrew and Savannah Stockigt; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Calling hours will be held on Saturday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home Inc., 111 County Highway 106 (Corner of Route 29 and Black Street) Johnstown. A service will be held at 3:30 p.m. with the Rev. Doug Blanc, officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, in honor of her granddaughter, Savannah, who inherited her grandmother's fighting spirit.
The family would like to thank the staff in the ER and ICU at St. Mary's for going above and beyond to provide excellent care for Dorothy.