Dorothy Rubel (nee Karl), 91, of Clinton Township

Dorothy Rubel (nee Karl), 91, of Clinton Township, NJ, passed away on Wednesday, June 1.

She was born on October 31, 1924 in Hillside, NJ.  She was the daughter of the late Alfred P. Karl Sr. and Margaret Ross Karl.  She lived there until her marriage in 1946 when she moved to Jersey City, NJ, with her husband Witol (Vic) Rubel, raising four children.  She was most recently a resident of Clinton Township, NJ, where she lived with her daughter Margaret.

Dorothy was a 911 operator for the Jersey City Police Department, until her retirement in 1989.  Until her move from Jersey City, she was active in many clubs and societies at St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church and School.  She served as a Girl Scout troop leader for many years. She also worked as a substitute teacher for St. Nicholas Grammar School.  She was a member of the Clinton Township and Lebanon Seniors Club.

Dorothy came of age during WWII, and as a young adult she contributed to the war effort as a crane operator loading freight in Newark.  These experiences inspired her to become an independent and self-reliant woman.

Dorothy was directly involved in the care of most of the grandchildren in the family as well as the children of family friends.  She was very involved in her grandchildren’s lives and enjoyed attending their sporting events. She was an avid Mets fan, as well.

Survivors include two sons, Witol Hugh Rubel and his wife Linda of Meredith, NH, and John Martin Rubel and his wife Heather of Lakewood, NJ; two daughters, Kathleen Rubel and her husband Thomas Golodik of Closter, NJ, and Margaret Lemise and her husband Michael of Clinton Twp., NJ.  There are seven grandchildren, Matthew Trushell, Thomas Rubel, Melissa Patrick, Zofia Lemise, John Rubel, Shane Rubel and Lorenzo Lemise; and five great-grandchildren, Vanessa Rubel, Emeli Rubel, Danika Patrick, Addyson Patrick and Ramona Trushell.  She is also survived by her brother Alfred Philip Karl Jr. and his wife Susan of NJ.

A celebration in memory of her life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, cards or donations, please treat yourself to a small luxury and remember her.  She would have appreciated that.