Dorothy A. Schott

Dorothy A. Schott, former fraternity cook, died on January 9, 2016, in Brunswick.

(The following appeared online at, January 10, 2016):

Dorothy Arlene Schott, 95, formerly of Topsham, passed away peacefully on January 9th at Horizons Living and Rehab facility in Brunswick surrounded by family.

She was born in Lewiston on August 6, 1920 to Ruby Berry Bragdon. Dorothy attended schools in Lewiston and Sabattus.

She worked at various jobs throughout her life with the first being a nanny to William Schott who she eventually married on April 9, 1938. They had four children, Charles, Frederick, Betty and Robert Schott.

She worked as a house cleaner, server at Bates College Soda Shop, Jay Brush of Brunswick, and Bowdoin College in a fraternity house as a cook and cleaner. Her last two jobs were as a care giver to two elderly women.

She belonged to the Grace Lutheran Church in Lewiston for many years. She was a member of the Lewiston/Auburn Fish and Game Association and while living in Newburg, was a member of the Eastern Stars.

She took joy in spending time with family, gardening, traveling, and most of all enjoyed her summers spent at her daughter and son-in-laws camp.

Dorothy is survived by her four children Charles Schott and wife Ruth of Portland, Fred Schott and wife Lilia of Brownsville, Texas, Betty Pelletier of Bowdoinham and Robert Schott and wife Lynne of Norway. She was Nana to nine grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 1 great great granddaughter. Her grand children include Stephen, Timothy and Carol Schott, Susan Schott Spicer, Christine Pelletier Mecham, Marie Pelletier Bouchard, William, Robert and Benjamin Schott. Her great grandchildren include Kelsey, Matthew and Erin Schott, Ryan and Sarah Spicer, Hannah and Lily Mecham, Sydney and Hope Bouchard, Daniel Olds and Amelia Schott. She became a great great grandmother on January 2, 2016 to Isabella.

“Nana” meant love, caring, sharing, helping and family to all!

She also leaves two brothers Henry Hahnel and Fred Hahnel JR and his three daughters Margaret Stevens, Nancy and Jane Hahnel.

Dorothy was predeceased by her mother, her two sisters Theo Perkins and Lillian Thurlow, a brother Edward Hahnel, a beloved son-in-law Leonard Pelletier and a step daughter Irene Hahnel.

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