DOROTHY M. ABEL, 84, of Harrisburg, passed away Monday, November 25, 2013, in the Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg. Born March 8, 1929, in Harrisburg, PA, she was the daughter of the late Park and Mildred (Signor) Smaling, Sr. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Abel, her brother, Park Smaling, Jr., and a stepson, Lawrence Abel.
She retired from the Dauphin County Courthouse and worked part time for Central Fill-Express Script. She was an avid Eagles, Phillies and Flyers fan and loved gardening.
She is survived by two daughters; Lydia Appleby and her husband, Rick, of Hummelstown, and Diane Riskie and her husband, Richard, of Arnold, MD; a son, Stephen Abel and his companion, Judi Sarkees, of West Chester; 3 granddaughters, Jennifer Doud, Catherine Riskie, and Rebecca Gannon; 2 great grandsons, John Joseph Doud, Jr. and Benjamin Arthur Gannon; her sister, Dolores Ortenzio of Palmyra, a brother, Earl Smaling of New Cumberland, and her special friend and caregiver, Jeanne Eckman.
A funeral service will be held Friday, November 29, 2013, at 11:00 am, in the Neill Funeral Home, 3501 Derry Street, Harrisburg, with a visitation from 10:00 am until the time of service. Burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Harrisburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Frontotemporal Degeneration Association, AFTD, Radnor Station Building 2, Suite 320, 290 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, PA 19087, attn.: Cortical Basal Ganglionic Degeneration, or to the Humane Society, 7790 Grayson Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111,