Dorothy Ann Amsler
July 9, 1946 - May 27, 2021
The world lost a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend on May 27, 2021. Dorothy Ann Amsler, aged 74, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully in her sleep after enduring ALS. Ann was born in Fairmont, WV on July 9, 1946. The oldest of nine children of the late Dorothy and Frank Lee, she enjoyed a happy childhood in the company of sisters and brothers who remember her as the person who most uplifted them in the world, and forged friendships that lasted until her passing. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Alverno College, completed a master’s degree in English and a PhD in Medieval Literature from The Ohio State University. She moved to Newark in 1976 to start a family and a career. She leaves us having excelled at both, while also building a lifetime of friendships deeply rooted in this community.
Ann was intensely devoted to her family and was an incredibly compassionate and giving person. She raised four kind and loving children. She also raised her oldest grandson. Ann cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren; she especially loved Christmas.
Ann had a distinguished career at the University of Delaware, serving as a senior technical writer for over 30 years until her retirement in 2014. At the university, she was a dearly loved colleague whose wisdom with words influenced the craft of many writers in her field. She was also a valued member of the national Special Interest Group on University and College Computing Services (SIGUCCS), which inducted her into its Hall of Fame in 2010.
Ann was an active member of the Newark community. She was a member of Resurrection Parish, an active leader of Heroin H.U.R.T.S. and active in programs for suicide awareness and prevention.
Ann is survived by three of her four children, Sarah, Geoffrey and Andrew, and will be buried next to her late son Jason; children-in-law, Kasia Podbielski and Mahmood Delkhasteh; grandchildren, Cameron, Laylah, Penelope, and Dylan; siblings, Nancy and Kent Brown, Mary and Mike Painter, John Lee and Betty Pat Pratt, Greg and Sue Lee, Ginny Vallelonga, Patty and Andy Gall, Peggy and Dan Waldheim; extended siblings, Lee and Penny Amsler, Kurt and Penny Amsler, and Jon and Lamia Amsler; dozens of nieces and nephews; and a community of close and beloved friends.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Thursday, June 10, 2021, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, DE. Face coverings will be required for all those in attendance not immunized with the COVID-19 vaccine per the CDC and Governor of Delaware. Services and interment will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ann’s memory to your local ALS Association chapter.