Dorothy “Dottie” Laura Nicosia (nee Durando), 95, of Middletown, passed away peacefully Saturday, March 18. Born and raised in Petaluma, California, Dottie attended Highland School of Nursing in Oakland, California. She met her future husband, Sergeant Benedict Nicosia, at the Two Rock Ranch Army Signal Post in Petaluma while working as an infirmary nurse. In 1946 she married Ben and moved to Red Bank. Dottie continued her nursing career as the supervisor of the operating room at Riverview Hospital. She resigned as the director of nursing to raise her two daughters but returned to nursing as a volunteer at Riverview and Planned Parenthood, where she was the Volunteer of the Year in 1977.
Dorothy served as a trustee at the The Shadow Lake Village, where she was an avid golfer with the Ladies Group. Dottie was a good friend to all and always helped out whether by doing blood pressures at the Village or just being a good friend. Dorothy had a beautiful smile and a loving heart that she shared with everyone. Most of all Dottie was a devoted wife and a loving mother.
She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Benedict, and her two daughters, Lauren and Mary Jacqueline.
A memorial gathering will be held at the Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St., Red Bank, on Thursday, April 6 from 4 to 7 p.m., with prayers at 6:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice.
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