Dorothy L. Moyer, 92, served in Naval Intelligence during WWII, made friends easily

By on July 9, 2014

Ninety-two years ago, the world was graced with the birth of Dorothy “Dottie” Clara Lattig, daughter of Edward and Bessie (Brown) Lattig in Stewartsville, N.J.

Dottie grew up in the Easton/Phillipsburg area, and moved to Pottstown following her marriage. A trendsetter and member of the Greatest Generation, she joined the Navy WAVES in January 1944 and served in Naval Intelligence in Washington, D.C. during WWII, where she met the love of her life, Roger. They married in 1946 and were married over 47 years at the time of his death in January 1994. Dottie helped with the farming on Moyer Road while Roger worked both the farm and a full-time office role with the Pennsylvania Railroad for 40 years. Dottie always had one dog and many cats to help on the farm, earning her the title of “the cat lady.”

Dottie was an executive secretary at Ingersoll Rand and the Hill School before she started her family. With the birth of her children, she could be counted on to bake, cook, volunteer, and generally take care of the welfare of others. She was a Girl Scout leader with the Freedom Valley Girl Scouts, cookie mom, camper and chaperone.

Dottie was a woman whose faith was strong. She was active at New Hanover Evangelical Lutheran Church in Gilbertsville, and worked tirelessly in the kitchen, with the candy-makers, and at the church picnic grove. She enjoyed her Bible study group there and had many friends. Dottie taught first grade Sunday School for many years at New Hanover Lutheran.

Dottie decided to get fit in her late 50s, and she joined the Boyertown YMCA. She swam and worked out in the weight room. Dottie and Roger delivered Meals on Wheels in Boyertown. She enjoyed serving others.

She moved to Luther Acres in Lititz in 2000. Dottie continued volunteering at the General Store, taking women to the hair salon and more. Her Maltese dog, Duncan, accompanied her. He was the last of her animal friends and her favorite.

Widow of Jonathan Roger Moyer, Sr. of Moyer Road in Pottstown, Dottie was the mother of three children she was very proud of: J. Roger Moyer, Jr, of Lititz, husband of Grace E., who attended to Dottie’s every need, Glenn E. Moyer, husband of E. Jane of Oley, and Laurie D., wife of Joseph P. Battaglia of Scottsdale, Ariz. Beside her children, Dottie never missed a chance to talk about her grandchildren: Matthew A. Green, husband of Brook K. of Boyertown, Jennifer S. Moyer, wife of Dr. M. Lance Tavana of Charleston, S.C., Elizabeth A. Moyer of Gladwyne, Jonathan P. Moyer, husband of Shannon of Bryn Mawr, and Jana L., wife of Kevin Palmaccio of Norwalk, Conn. Two great-granddaughters: Natalie and Megan Green; and two great-grandsons: Bryce and Graham Moyer round out Dottie’s immediate family. Her sister: Elizabeth “Bets” Macauley; and her brother: Edward “Joe” Lattig: and scores of nieces and nephews also survive her.

She was pre-deceased by her brothers: Roy, Walter, and Howard; sisters: Julia and Martha; half-sisters: Adda, Nellie, and Ruth; half-brothers: Willard and Edgar “Jake.”

There were no strangers with Dottie, only friends she hadn’t yet met. She spoke to strangers, shared tables, and always reached out to people in need. She understood what unconditional love was, and she sought to find the goodness in others. Dottie entered the Church Triumphant July 2, 2014. She leaves behind a legacy of light and love.

The Moyer Family would like to express heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the care givers of Muhlenberg Lodge at Luthercare; Healthcare South at Moravian Manor and Hospice and Community Care. The care Dottie received over the last eight years was exceptional.

A life celebration was held July 7 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lititz, with Pastor Richard H. Elliott officiating. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery, Boyertown.

Please omit flowers, memorials may be made in Dorothy’s Memory to Hospice & Community, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125 or Boyertown Area Multi-Service, 200 W. Spring St., Boyertown, PA 19512.

Online condolences may be posted at The Groffs Family Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc., Lancaster, handled the arrangements.

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