Shrewsbury – Joan Ellen (Hamilton) Dundorf, 88, of Shrewsbury, passed away peacefully on the morning of Aug. 20, 2021 at Shrewsbury Nursing Home. Her loving family was by her side until the end.
She is survived by her beloved husband, John C. “Rod” Dundorf, of 37 years; her children, Steven M. Crosby and his wife Carmela of East Brunswick, N.J., Susan M. Tracy and her husband Richard, of Westford, and Kevin P. Crosby and his wife Christina of Plantation, Fla.; her stepchildren, Kathryn M. Dundorf, John C. Dundorf Jr., Thomas E. Dundorf, and Andrew Dundorf; her grandchildren, Danielle Corona and her husband Carmen, Kevin M. Crosby and his fiancée Kristina Mamitko, Lauren Tracy and her husband Corey Hoffstein, Alexander Tracy and his partner Lanii To, Madeline Crosby, and Harrison Crosby; her great-grandchildren, Carmine J. Corona and Anthony V. Corona; her brother, Delbert C. Hamilton and his wife Mary of Hammond, N.Y.; and first cousins, Catherine Read of Farmington and her husband David, N.Y., Simon Gormley and his wife Sylvia of Coralles, N.M., and Marie Murphy and her husband Donald of Mesa, Ariz. Joan was predeceased by her first husband, Harold M. “Mickey” Crosby Jr.; her sister, Anita Fanelli and her surviving husband George of Utica, N.Y.; her parents, Jay A. Hamilton and Gertrude C. (Haas) Borey; and the beloved family poodle, Buttons.
Born, raised and educated in Utica, N.Y., Joan was the valedictorian of her graduating class from St. Francis DeSales High School. She then went on to receive her Associate’s degree from the Eastman Dental Dispensary School of Dental Hygiene in Rochester.
Beginning her career as a dental hygienist in 1969, Joan continued on until 1982 when she wanted to make a change. She met the love of her life, Rod, and the two were married on July 21, 1984 in West Milford, N.J.
Joan received her insurance license in 1985, selling insurance to real estate companies for the next 20 years. She retired in 2007 after a successful career.
While living on Greenwood Lake in Hewitt, N.J., she was very active at Queen of Peace Parish: She was a Eucharistic Minister and was elected the first female president of her church’s parish counsel. She enjoyed cruising on their 19-foot boat on summer days and into the sunset during the evenings.
Joan and Rod enjoyed international travel immensely, and especially loved their excursions sailing the Virgin Islands with several friends over the years.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Al-Anon at https://al-anon.org/contributions/non-member/ (by making a quick new free account at the link and donating up to $500 in memory of Joan Dundorf). Thank you.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with the Dundorf/Crosby family for the wake on Tuesday, Aug. 24, from 9-10:30 a.m., at the Britton-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, 648 Main St., Shrewsbury. The wake will be followed by her funeral Mass, which will be celebrated just across the street at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 640 Main St., Shrewsbury. At 12:30 p.m., there will be a buffet gathering at Joan and Rod’s retirement community, Southgate at Shrewsbury’s 3rd floor dining hall, located at 30 Julio Dr., Shrewsbury. Masks will be required at the funeral home, church and Southgate. Burial will be held privately.