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Dorothy “Dottie” Ann Johnson von Waldner, 80, passed away peacefully on November 6, 2020 after a long illness.

She was born July 1, 1940 in Savannah to Daisy Leona Johnson and Earl Cecil Johnson. She married Harry Joseph von Waldner, Sr. soon after graduating from Savannah High School in 1959. They were married for 18 years until his death in 1977. After Harry’s death, she was tasked with raising her three children, Jay, Joye, and Greg, alone. She put her personal life on hold and lived her life with one single purpose: to give her children all the love and support that they could ever want or need. She worked at Sears, in Oglethorpe Mall, for over 30 years and was a longtime member of St. James Catholic Church. She was a fiercely independent woman who loved and cared deeply for everyone that she met. She enjoyed dancing, Caribbean cruising, and just hanging out with her friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Leona and Earl, and her husband, Harry.

Dottie is survived by her sister, Kay Blanton (Tommy), her children: Jay von Waldner (Diane), Joye Barras (David) and Greg von Waldner (Teri), her eight grandchildren: David Barras, Jr., Kinsey Barras, Tyler von Waldner (Lexie), Kevin von Waldner (Mallory), Parker von Waldner, Logan von Waldner, Samantha von Waldner, Casey von Waldner, and one great-grandson, Braiden Barras. All of these she loved and cherished deeply.

The family will receive friends from 10 until 11 o’clock Monday, November 9, 2020 at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue. The rosary will follow at 11 o’clock in the chapel of Gamble Funeral Service. Inurnment will take place at 12 noon in the Greenwich Section of Bonaventure Cemetery, conducted by the Reverend Frank Ziemkiewicz.

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  1. Evelyn Aimar says:

    I am so sorry for the bitter loss of your dear mother. May the Holy Spirit give you comfort and peace that passes all understanding.

    With all my love,

  2. Susan Faulkner says:

    Dottie had such a wonderful laugh and a great sense of humor. I enjoyed her so much on cruises and dancing at the Shag Club. My deepest condolences to her family.

  3. Tennyson and Diane Holder says:

    Jay,Joy and Greg

    Dottie was a dear friend, we worked on the class reunion for many years and continued to meet for lunch until she became ill.
    We pray that God will give you the peace that passes all understanding.
    In Christ Love The Holders

  4. Christian Lamont says:

    Beautiful smile and a great Sense of humor. My mom best friends and always good to us boys! She will be greatly missed and my prayers to her family in this hard time. Love you Dottie

  5. Robin Steplight says:

    To my dear friend Joye, I am so sorry for the lost of your mother. I will continue to pray for strength for you and your family during this time of sorrow. I love you dearly!

  6. Geri & Bob Carter says:

    Dottie was such a fun loving lady. She enjoyed dancing an socializing at the Savannah Shag Club. Her beautiful smile will truly be missed. Prayers for the family in this difficult time.

  7. Edwena Garrett says:

    So sorry for your loss, hoping you are surrounded by wonderful memories

  8. James & Michelle Lamont says:

    She was a beautiful lady! A wonderful friend to our mother. She will be dearly missed! Our prayers and condolences to all of her family and friends. We love you Dottie

    “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

  9. Kathy White says:

    Deepest sympathies to your family. Dottie had a great sense of humor and was a loyal friend.

  10. Katie Sapp Kobliski says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Dottie. Please know that we are thinking of you all during this time of loss and send our deepest condolences.
    (Judy and Kary Sapp’s daughter)

  11. Kelly Kilpatrick Hunt says:

    We just learned of Dottie’s passing. Keeping you all in our prayers. May Dottie finally be at peace.

  12. Gail Gordon says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers now and the days ahead!

    Gail Gordon

  13. Jackie (McAvoy) Stephens says:

    We have always been in contact with each other since our SHS days, such a wonderful true friend. Our condolences go to the family.
    With prayers & love,
    Jackie & Brooks Stephens

  14. The Deal Family says:

    Please accept our deepest sympathy. We are praying for your family now and in the days ahead.

    Jimmy and Connie

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