Dorothy Van Tuyl

05/13/1926 — 04/21/2019

From Richland, Washington | Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut

Dorothy Van Tuyl

Dorothy Van Tuyl

5/13/26 – 04/21/19 

Dorothy Van Tuyl, age 92, of Richland completed her final Lenten journey and passed from this life on Easter Sunday morning, April 21st, 2019.

Dorothy, or “Dottie” as she was known to her friends, was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut on May 13, 1926.  Dottie spent her childhood years growing up in Huntington, Connecticut and graduated from the Bridgeport School of Nursing in 1947 before moving west to seek her adventure.  Dottie ultimately settled in Richland, Washington in 1949 to work as a registered nurse.  Dorothy met Harold Van Tuyl at the Catholic youth group at Christ the King parish, and they were married in 1952.  Dorothy was very involved at Christ the King Catholic Church, through the years serving as youth group president, working on the altar society, and joining with Harold as a bible study leader.

A devoted wife and mother, Dottie took great pride in raising her four sons.  She was very active in all sorts of outdoor activities including fishing, camping, gardening and golf.  Dottie particularly enjoyed her many summer fishing trips to Alaska, visiting the beauty of Hawaii, and trips back to her native Connecticut.

Dottie continued to work as a part-time RN while raising her boys.  When the boys had grown she also began her own wholesale African Violet business, “Dot’s Violets” which she ran for many years out of the basement of her home. She remained very active in the ladies golf leagues at Sham-Na-Pum, Meadow Springs and Horn Rapids.

Dottie is survived by sons Peter (Karen) of Captain Cook, Hawaii, Mark (Sharon) of Boise, Idaho, and David (Stephanie) of Anchorage, Alaska.  She also has seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  Dottie was preceded in death by Harold, her husband of 63 years, and her son James of Leavenworth, Washington, and one great grandson Corbyn James.

A visitation will take place at Einan’s at Sunset Chapel at 915 Bypass Hwy, Richland, WA 99353 on Tuesday, April 30th, 2019, 6-8:30 pm, with a rosary at 7:00 pm. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Christ the King Catholic Church, 1111 Stevens Dr., Richland, WA 99354, on Wednesday May 1st, 2019 at 11:00 am with Monsignor Thomas Champoux as celebrant.  The Mass will be followed by a reception at Christ the King Catholic Church, followed by Dorothy’s committal service at 1:00 pm at Sunset Memorial Gardens. 

In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation can be made to The Carmelite Sisters of the Aged and Infirm, 600 Woods Rd, Germantown, NY 12526, in care of Mother Mark Louis O. Carm.

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  • Dottie, you were like a second mother to me, and such a wonderful friend. Your encouraging words and wonderful sense of humor I shall miss. Love you and see you in heaven some day.

    Rose Gray
    April 26, 2019
    Richland, WA
  • My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Dottie was such a wonderful lady, am glad I got to know her. May she rest in peace and am sure Harold greeted her with open arms. God bless.

    Maria Clossey
    April 29, 2019
    West Richland, WA
  • Dottie, you were like a second mother to me, and such a wonderful friend. Your encouraging words and wonderful sense of humor I shall miss. Love you and see you in heaven some day.

    Rose Gray
    April 26, 2019
    Richland, WA
  • My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Dottie was such a wonderful lady, am glad I got to know her. May she rest in peace and am sure Harold greeted her with open arms. God bless.

    Maria Clossey
    April 29, 2019
    West Richland, WA
  • We were blessed to have the Van Tuyls as our wonderful neighbors for over 40 years here on Hudson Ave. Dottie was a classy, kind, generous, gracious, and loving lady! We will miss her.

    Barb and Jerry Sandness
    April 27, 2019
    Richland, WA
  • I’m so sorry you have lost your Mom and Grandma. Dottie was a lovely, gracious woman who raised her family in love and faith. May she rest in peace with Harold.

    Teresa Knirck
    April 26, 2019
    Richland
  • I knew Mrs Van Tuyl through Jim and Harold and the good old Shammy days. She was one of the few remaining of the old guard from Richland. Great memories of those Shammy days. You all have great memories to hold on to. Thoughts and prayers to your family at this time of her passing.
    Jim

    Jim Bixler
    April 24, 2019
    Richland
  • I enjoyed many years playing golf with Dottie. She was always generous sharing her golf cart.

    Kathyrn Pettee
    April 24, 2019
  • Dave and Family…We are thinking of you during this time of loss. We saw that you lost your dad/grandpa not long ago and now you grieve the loss of your mom too. Richland has lost a loving contributor to all things good.

    With sympathy for your loss,
    Norm & Debbie (Montgomery) Bell

    Debbie Montgomery Bell
    April 24, 2019
    Richland
  • A great light has gone out of our lives; your mother was a queen among women in our eyes. We will miss our visits with her and also the visits of her loyal sons who loved her dearly. They were so faithful, loyal and loving to their parents.

    Jesse and Renee Martinez
    April 23, 2019
    Richland, WA 99354
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