2002-12-07 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

By Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader

By Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader

A Memorial to Dorothea Taphouse: A Multifaceted Woman with Talent

Dottie Taphouse was one of the most intelligent women I have ever known.  Intelligence is influenced by both inheritance and experience.

Proof of Dottie's inherited intelligence comes from her family. Everyone in Breezy Point fondly remembers Dottie's mother. She was a well-known and well-loved person. She was energetic, outgoing and lively.  She had the ability to attract and hold close friends who enjoyed her company.

To Dottie her most important and cherished role in life was that of being a mother, wife, daughter, grandmother and great grandmother. Her family was the wind beneath her wings. She was delighted that all her children (Dorothy, Janet, Howard and Robert) loved Roxbury. She felt that it was a reaffirmation of her choice to live here. She was proud of her children, her grandchildren and her great grandchildren. She was grateful to God for giving her a long and happy life. She often commented that she and her sister had both had cancer at the same time, many years ago. Her sister died but Dottie lived to be with us for many more years. Dottie was a born leader.

Dottie Taphouse was an entrepreneur. She was the Postmaster at the Post Office at Fort Tilden. She had a very close relationship with her daughter Dorothy whom she named after herself. They shared so many things in common including directing the Post Office.

Dottie was a skilled and professional journalist. Her weekly column "Dot on Roxbury" reflected here positive philosophy on life. In her article, she rejoiced in the major milestones in our lives and shared in our joyful experiences. She was meticulous in securing all the correct information. She cared deeply for people and this was clearly evident in her weekly features.

Dottie loved politics. She shared this with her daughter Janet who has had a career in the New York State Court System. Dottie was a vice- president of the Regular Democratic Club of the Rockaways. She served as a very pivotal person in her position as election co-ordinator for the New York State Board of Elections. She administered our elections in Breezy Point, Rockaway Point and Roxbury.

Dottie was a moving force in the formation and administration of Trinity Senior Services. Dottie was a founding member of the Board of Directors of Trinity. She was a guiding light and a beacon of strength in our organization. Trinity Senior Services has three components: a van program, an after school intergenerational program and an educational and recreational program. Dottie was a woman of vision. She always utilized her innate talents to secure a better future for our seniors.

Dottie served as the President of the Breezy Point Seniors. In addition, she held several other leadership positions in the senior group.

Dottie and her very close friend, Josephine McMonagle directed the travel club at Breezy Point. Dottie and Josephine ran monthly bus trips to Manhattan. This allowed everyone to enjoy a wonderful day in the Big Apple. In addition, they arranged many weeklong trips to Woodloch Pines, Atlantic City, Maine and Cape Cod and other points north, east, west and south. Dottie also organized many trips to Europe. Dottie Taphouse and Josephine McMonagle shared a wonderful friendship and were tireless in their efforts to help others. They succeeded in bringing many happy hours to many people.

Dottie was a woman of passion and compassion. She had a passion for her family, a passion for her friends and a passion for the good and welfare of others.

She was truly unique. She had a positive focus, a keen sense of humor and the ability to achieve great heights in many different fields. I will miss Dottie's friendship and vision. I will miss our many lengthy conversations.

Dottie was a woman of accomplishment. She was comfortable talking to Governors Coumo and Pataki, Senator Charles Schumer and her friends and neighbors. Dottie will be missed by all of us.

On another note, my mother and I enjoyed going to the St. Thomas More Altar and Rosary Society Communion Breakfast last week. Dorothy Ryan is an outstanding President of this organization. Through her leadership the Society is flourishing. Dorothy is a leader with a distinguished record of achievement and accomplishment. Ann Marie Grossinger is an excellent Vice President of the Altar and Rosary Society. She has excelled as an effective, energetic and enthusiastic officer. Geraldine Maher and Alice O'Callahan also serve as highly respected officers. Congratulations go to the two chair ladies - Betty Jones and Susan Cooke. The luncheon was very well planned. The room at the Silver Gull was sold out.

It is always wonderful to see Monsignor Michael Connolly. He has such a warm and inspiring personality. He greeted everyone at the luncheon. Father Byrone came back from his retirement to meet and greet everyone.

Sister Mary Beatta Geraghty is a highly respected and talented professional. She delighted everyone by singing for us. I would strongly recommend that her albums and CD's would make an excellent Christmas present. I enjoy playing her CD's every day of the year.

The Sweet Adelines sang a wonderful medley of Christmas, Chanukah and winter songs. Everyone enjoyed listening and singing along. Happy Birthday to Midge Steinart.

Please join us at the Regular Democratic Club of the Rockaways at 104-02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard at 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 12th for our Holiday Party. We look forward to seeing you.

Shown at a past holiday party are Fred Leander, Virginia Shea, Kathy Leander, Dottie Taphouse, Dr. Geraldine Chapey and Eugene Pasternak


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