Dorothy Rowe

Dorothy Irene Rowe

Tuesday September 3, 1940 - Saturday October 5, 2019
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Dorothy Irene Rowe (nee King) age 79, loving wife and devoted mother passed away on Saturday, October 5th, 2019. She was born in Charleston West Virginia but lived the better part of the last 60 years in Gloucester County NJ. Irene spent most of her adult life helping others in one capacity or another for multiple nonprofit organizations. She loved volunteering but also made time for her family along with her favorite hobbies of attending garage sales and working outside in her yard. Her proudest accomplishment, other than her children, was being a member of the Mantua Township Community Ambulance and seeing the completion and dedication of a new home for her squad. She began in 1975 doing fund raising for the Barnsboro Ambulance and went on to complete her EMT and then become an active member of the squad. She retired after many years of service as their Captain in 2006. Her dedication and personal sacrifice for her community was one of the many accomplishments that her family is most proud of.

Dorothy is survived by her loving husband Robert Lewis Rowe, her children Tammy Rowe, Pamela Rowe Vanmatre, Bonnie Rowe Dankanich and her husband Martin, Robert Rowe Jr., Grandchildren Latisha Galvan Vreeland and her husband Jason, Geddy Rowe Galvan, Raymond Travis Vanmatre Jr. and fiancé Alyssa Duley, Miranda Massey, Michael Rowe and wife Eriko, Matthew Dankanich, Zachary Dankanich, Great grandchildren Chase Vreeland, Quinn Vreeland, Reece Vreeland, Alexander Rowe, her sister Opal Flores and her husband Milo, along with multiple nieces and nephews and cousins.

Arrangements will be private. Irene’s final resting place will be at the Gloucester County Veterans Cemetery in Monroe Township, NJ 08094. No flowers or donations please. If Irene were still here she would tell us all to save our money and instead help those around you in need. Thank you.
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    Gloucester County Veterans Cemetery
    240 S. Tuckahoe Road
    Monroe Township, NJ 08094
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Randy Rowe

Posted at 05:50pm
I'd love to share a memory. Problem is, which one!!!! The were so many over the years. I guess if I had to name one I'd just say, Rowe Family Reunions!!!! It was always a blast for all involved!!! RIP Irene!!!!

Todd Patton

Posted at 11:10am
I have too many memories of Aunt Irene to list here. Growing up just down the street, I spent a large portion of my young life at the Rowe house. The summer of 1989 my parents moved to Maryland, but I stayed in NJ for the summer to work and lived with Aunt Irene and Uncle Bob. At the time I was a vegetarian, and even though they were making pot roast, or something else with meat in it, Aunt Irene would always cook me a separate vegetarian dinner.
Speaking of her cooking, I still tell everyone that Aunt Irene made the best coleslaw ever, as well as her pickled beets and eggs. I loved going over to their house around Easter when these two items were always on the menu.
The summer that I lived there, I spent many evenings playing Rummy with Aunt Irene, and one of the last times I was at the house, my ex wife and I had stopped by to see Rob, but he had to work, so instead we went bowling with Uncle Bob and Aunt Irene. They were much better than us, and very competitive!
The world is a poorer place without Aunt Irene in it. I will always cherish the memories of the times at the house, her driving Rob and I back and forth to school, family reunions, summer afternoons in the pool, Christmas eve get togethers with the family, and the multiple times Irene would stop by our house when I was growing up to chat with my mom. My condolences to Uncle Bob and to my cousins, Tammy, Pam, Bonnie and Rob who have lost a wife and mother. Hold on to all those memories and pictures. Irene will live on whenever we think or talk about those memories.

Donna Green Hanahan

Posted at 10:40am
Barnsboro has truly lost an icon. Mrs. Rowe was everyones Mother in their time of need in that ambulance. I know this first hand. She was so comforting and I felt as though my own mother was caring for me in that ride to the hospital. She faithfully served our community and tirelessly advocated for much needed ambulance services. A true inspiration that I believe paved the way for the County to take up her torch. Yes, Barnsboro shall always be thankful for Mrs. Rowes dedication. She also showed us young girls that women can be and do whatever they desire. What a wonderful role model. My heart hurts for her family.

Jen Drees

Posted at 09:45pm
I have very fond memories of Irene as my Captain, as she taught me to drive the ambulance and encouraged me to go to EMT school. She would grab a coffee from some magical place in the ED (no one knew her secret place!) and we had to drive smoothly enough on the way back to station to NOT spill her coffee in her hand. If we spilled it, we were in trouble! I watched her handle patients twice her size and always treated people with compassion and respect but with authority when needed. A great mentor—thank you Irene!

Bonnie Rowe Dankanich Posted at 09:08am

Mom loved her coffee, she was drinking everyday all the way up until her last days, even when she didn't feel well enough to eat she still wanted her coffee!

Colleen Sharp-Mills

Posted at 04:32pm
Irene taught me a lot, as both an EMT and a Paramedic student. She stuck up for me when she knew I was right with certain situations. She was my role model. She will be deeply missed.

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