In Loving Memory Dorothy Mae Stekl, nee Moniz, age 87 peacefully passed into the afterlife on Saturday, March 13, 2021.
Predeceased in death are her husband, Charles Eugene Stekl, her parents, Manuel and Mary Moniz (Pacheco), MaryAnn Bartholdi (August “Bart”), Irene Pye (William), Elsie Rose (Lloyd), Marion Hazelton (James), Antone Moniz (Irene), Hilda Martin (Leonard), Rose Titcomb (Sidney), and Walter Moniz, Sr. (Alice). Dorothy is survived by her “baby sister” Margaret and numerous nieces and nephews littered across the country.
Her illustrious career with the various Bell Companies began as a telephone operator in Falmouth and her career continued with the various Bell Companies and finally ending with AT&T in 1997.
She spent her adult life on the West Coast but never lost her love for the Cape. She shared many stories of life and times there and how she enjoyed her many visits with family over the years. The Family Reunion to celebrate MaryAnn’s 90th birthday in 2004 was a highlight she most recounted. From the planning and execution of “the event of the season”, she was so happy to see everyone there and the potential reconnection aspect for the family. She even made reference to the fact that her event equaled the Boston Red Sox Championship! She loved to garden, read, walk her beloved Coco at Dana Point and travel. She shared many trips to countries around the world with her elder sister, MaryAnn and they often shared trips with various sisters. She loved to recount the frequent (mis)adventures, as only a younger sister can, roaring with laughter in the retelling and mimicking her sisters. What a storyteller she was!
Dorothy had a wonderful sense of humor, looked for the best in people and had a unique perspective of herself. She believed others opinions of her were none of her business. She proudly wore the mantel of “Queen of the West” which she shared with MaryAnn. “If they only knew just how Scotch I really am” she would often say, relaying the story of cooking a chicken on Sunday and eating it all week in other recipes.
Our family expressed gratitude to those special people that were part of her daily life in California. She enjoyed each and every one of those special, individual, relationships. She was a terrific listener and gave advice (often unwanted but necessary, in her opinion) only to follow up with “I’m not your mother, I’m your second mother”. Mostly straight to the point with opinions and encouragement, all was said in love to those that were privileged to have received it.
She will be greatly missed
Visitation will be held on Monday, April 12 from 8:30-9:30AM at Chapman Funerals & Cremations, 475 Main St., Falmouth. Funeral Mass will follow at St. Patrick’s Church, 511 Main St., Falmouth at 10AM. Burial will follow at St. Anthony’s Cemetery, 167 East Falmouth Highway, (Rt.28), East Falmouth.
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