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Franklin, NJ 07416
Phone: (973) 827-7050
Fax: (973) 827-9193
Alfonsina Dodd

Alfonsina "Shirley" Dodd (Calcagno)

Monday, July 20th, 1925 - Thursday, January 10th, 2019
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Graham, NC: Alfonsina ("Shirley") Dodd left this Earth to dance in Heaven on January 10, 2019 at the Hospice Home in Burlington, NC. Shirley was born at home on Stone Street in Newark, NJ on July 20, 1925. The youngest of 4 children of Gennaro and Emilia (Palumbo) Calcagno, she was given the nickname Shirley as a child because of her Shirley Temple curls. On October 9, 1949 she married Andrew J. Dodd, Jr. and they had 5 children, eventually moving to Franklin, NJ to raise their family. A devoted wife and mother, she always put family first. As a person who was willing to help wherever she could, she volunteered at the Immaculate Conception School in Franklin when her children were students there.

Widowed on November 20, 1977, she was fortunate to be able to travel with her daughter and her family (who was in the Air Force) and was able to help care for her eldest grandchildren. While traveling, she lived in many states as well as the Azores, Portugal. During this time she continued to volunteer wherever she was needed, most especially on the Welcoming Committee, welcoming new families to each base. Her volunteer work was acknowledged as she won the Volunteer of the Year Award several years in a row. She was also a woman of great faith. When in NJ, she attended St. Francis De Sales Church, Vernon, NJ and when in NC, she attended Blessed Sacrament in Graham, NC.
She was predeceased by her parents, her siblings, her husband and a granddaughter, Mary Katherine Mahoney on August 20, 1990. She is survived by her children, Amy Space and her husband John of NJ, Andrea (AJ) Glass and her husband, Terry of NC, Arlene Dodd and her husband Gary Sullivan of PA, Michael Dodd of VA and Ann Dodd and her husband Kelly Leavitt of NJ. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family. She will be greatly missed.
The family will receive their friends at Ferguson-Vernon Funeral Home, 241 Route 94(1 Vanderhoof Court for GPS), Vernon, NJ on Sunday, January 20, 2019 from 2-5 PM. Funeral from the funeral home on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 10:00 AM. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Francis deSales RC Church, Vernon, NJ at 11:00 AM. Interment to follow at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Hardyston Twp., NJ. In lieu of flowers, in keeping with her wishes and in gratitude for her healthy children, memorial contributions to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or in the spirit of her love of animals, to Humane Society of Port Jervis/Deerpark, 202 Route 209, Port Jervis, NY 12771; or to Hospice & Palliative Care Center of Alamance-Caswell, 914 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215 where she spent her final days.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, January 20th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    When
    Sunday, January 20th, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Location
    Ferguson - Vernon Funeral Home
    Address
    241 Route 94
    VERNON, NJ 07462
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  • Service

    Monday, January 21st, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Monday, January 21st, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    St. Francis de Sales RC Church
    Address
    614 Rt . 517
    VERNON, NJ 07462
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    Officiant
    Rev. Brian Quinn
  • Interment

    Location
    Immaculate Conception Cemetery
    Address
    176 North Church Road
    FRANKLIN, NJ 07416
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Posted at 08:46pm
Sincerest sympathy at the loss of your mother. Fifty years (more or less) have not dulled her image in my mind, or the memories of the times I spent at her house. She was a great woman, and will be missed by many. Susan (Pierce) Archer smarcher1@yahoo.com
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Linda Yurchak Opt Hof

Posted at 07:39pm
My sincere sympathy at the loss of your mother. I remember her helping us kids at old Immaculate and she was my girl scout troop leader in 1966. We had fun and learned a lot. " If anyone be in Christ, they are a new creation. Old things have passed away and all things become brand new." 2 Corinthians 5:17. God bless you.
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Janis Peretore

Posted at 07:16pm
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Walt Murphy

Posted at 02:23pm
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Best wishes to your whole family at this difficult time Walt Murphy
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