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Dorothy G. 'Dottie' Byrnes

May 8, 2021

Dorothy G. 'Dottie' ByrnesDorothy G. "Dottie" Byrnes, 95, Fishers, Indiana and formerly of Watertown, NY, passed away Saturday morning, May 8, 2021, at Prairie Lakes Health Campus, Noblesville, IN.

She was born in Huntingdon, PA on March 20, 1926, and was the daughter of Joseph and Margaret Trost Schreiber of Webster, NY. Dottie graduated from Holy Trinity High School in Webster.

On September 7, 1946 Dottie married Norman L. Byrnes at Holy Trinity Church in Webster with Rev. George Eck officiating. Mr. Byrnes, a civil engineer for NYSDOT, died January 31, 1979.

She worked as a self employed musician and music teacher. Dottie was a former communicant of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church and its former organist. She was the Band Director for Augustinian Academy, Carthage from 1964 - 1966 and was a member of the Musician's Union of NY. She moved to Michigan in 1989 and became the organist for Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Montrose, MI, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Otisville, MI, and Our Lady of Lebanon in Flint, MI, retiring in June 2008. She enjoyed teaching music, knitting and crocheting, reading, and crosswords.

Dottie is survived by her son Michael G. of Fishers, IN and daughter-in-law, Debra Byrnes of Westfield, IN; three grandchildren, Alison (Mike) Bower, Shannon (Mark) Weaver, and Kerrie (Chris) Siegl and five great-grandchildren, Brady MacPhail, Whitney and Welles Weaver, and Kaylie and Colin Siegl.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Friday, May 21, 2021 beginning at 10:00 am. A prayer service will be at the funeral home at 11:00 am followed by the funeral mass celebrated at 12:00 noon at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church with Fr. Frank Natale, MSC presiding. Burial will be in Black River Cemetery.

Donations in her name may be made to the Dementia Society of America, or Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Watertown, NY. Online condolences to Dottie's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com


#13 Mary E Bova 2021-05-21 12:27
Dottie was such such a great lady. She will certainly be missed. Know that she and her family will be remembered in my daily prayers.
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#12 Anne Boulter 2021-05-20 14:55
Dear Mike and Family,
So sorry to hear about your Mom passing. Wow, 95 years young! She definitely was a spark in our Gotham Street neighborhood and left a mark no matter where she lived.. Over the years she continued to keep in touch with my Mom and our family. I bought my parents house about 16 years ago and the neighborhood has certainly changed a lot since they lived here. Mom sends her love to you and we are sorry we can't make the calling hours. Mom will turn 89 next month and currently lives at Samaritan's Summit Village in Assisted Living. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Sincerely, Anne and Betty Boulter
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#11 Rhonda 2021-05-17 20:47
Mike and Family so very sorry to hear of Dottie's passing. I have thought of her many many times over the years. I tended bar at The Admiral's Inn for many years. Your Mom entertained many over the years, making friends while doing it. She was a fun fun lady who had such a joy for life. You were fortunate to have her with you for such a long time. She enjoyed her summers but I know she was always anxious to get home . May your memories sustain you during this difficult time. Rhonda Rish
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#10 Rev. Richard Kennedy 2021-05-17 15:14
Dear Mike and Debbie,
I am very sorry that I cannot be present to preside at Dottie's funeral Mass and burial. But you will all be in my prayers and thoughts on Friday.
Dottie was such a wonderful lady! She brought joy and love into the hearts of the MSC priests, whom she treasured as friends. She loved her students at Sacred Heart School. She was a devoted organist at our parish. She was a marvelous cook at our monastery. She was a true friend of mine and I will greatly miss her sparkling personality. Rest in Peace, Dottie, and play that piano in heaven for the angelic choir.
Fr. Kennedy
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#9 Jim Hearne 2021-05-16 08:52
To all of Dottie’s Family,
My memories of her are are so warm and fond.
She shared her Music with everyone she encountered for her entire life. Always one of our favorite teachers at North Country Music. She shared her love of song and playing with everyone from 5 -100 years old. They all LOVED her! Always pleasant, humorous, and feisty when needed! Missed her so much when she moved out to be with family, but was her time to be with all of you of which she was so proud. May God Bless you Dottie Byrnes, Heaven has another Angle.
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#8 John McGowan 2021-05-15 17:37
Mike, I was so sorry to learn of your mom’s passing. She certainly added a lot of life to the Gotham Street neighborhood when she and your dad lived there. I’m sure they are totally happy to be back together.

Best wishes, John
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#7 John McGowan 2021-05-15 07:57
Mike, I am so sorry to learn of your mom ‘s passing. She certainly added to life around the Gotham Street neighborhood for the years she and your dad lived there. I am sorry fir your loss.
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#6 Carl Franks 2021-05-14 12:02
I remember meeting Mrs. Byrnes at Sacred Heart School with Sr. Helen Marie Hermann. She was devoted to her work at the Church and she played for my grandfather Robert B. Coleman's funeral 40 years ago. I remember the one Sunday during the morning Masses with laryngitis and I along with two of my siblings had to help her cantor the music. Now she has found peace with the Lord and leading the choirs of angels in song on God's organ.
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#5 Brian Rich 2021-05-14 10:25
Mrs. Burns was my elementary school music teacher and a larger-than-lif e character from my childhood at Sacred Heart. I remember her as warm, funny and enthusiastic--a ll the qualities that made her so very special and memorable. To this day, I remember her singing and her special smile. Rest in peace, thy good and faithful servant!
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#4 Sonya Comins 2021-05-14 09:06
My deepest condolences. Dottie was so special to me growing up in Chaumont. I was her kid neighbor who she looked after. I loved going next door to get a lollipop out of the lollipop box by the door and listen to her play the piano. Her energetic attitude, her love of life and her wonderful laugh are things engraved in my heart. She gave wonderful hugs and made me and my brother feel special to her. She was a wonderful person. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
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