KOEPPEL , Dorothy Irene Koeppel, 82, passed away peacefully on March 8, 2017 at Lifecare Center of West Bridgewater, where she went to live in 2015 after the death of her beloved husband of 61 years, Robert Francis Koeppel. Born in Holbrook as the youngest of five children to Charles Leslie and Mary Ruth Mann on November 3, 1934, Dorothy was a graduate of Holbrook's Sumner High School. She trained as a secretary and bookkeeper, but held a number of different jobs during her many years of work. Prior to her final position as a billing clerk at the now defunct Massachusetts Respiratory Hospital in Braintree, she worked for many years at Avon Sole Company, where she was a union representative, and as the manager of Hennessy News in Hingham. Dorothy loved her native Holbrook. She believed that the public schools were the foundation of her community. In the early 1960's she was crucial in advocating for the first special education program in the Holbrook schools. During the 1970's she was an active supporter of Holbrook Youth Hockey and served several years as its treasurer. After retiring, she was the managing trustee of Wendell Cemetery until 2015.
In later years she enjoyed traveling with her husband, making several trips to Europe and visiting relatives in California and Florida. She always held a special place in her heart for Cape Cod. She is survived by her daughters Claudia Koeppel (Richard Lowenstein) of Oneonta, New York and Carol Wanske (Bruno) of Kriftel, Germany, her sons Thomas (Beth) of Rochester, Massachusetts and Robert (Elizabeth) of North Easton, her grandchildren Benjamin and Amelia Scheim of Brooklyn and Manhattan, New York, Nicole Wanske of Kriftel, Germany, Ryland, Troy and Austin Koeppel of Rochester, Andrew and Nicholas Koeppel of North Easton, her dear nephew Ashley Richards of Brunswick, Maine and her sisters-in-law Mrs. Norma Koeppel of Halifax and Mrs. Arlene Mann of San Diego as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. At the request of the family funeral services are private.
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