Dorothy “Dot” Petchel - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Dorothy “Dot” Petchel

Dorothy “Dot” Petchel, age 90, of New Castle, DE, and formerly of Ocean View, DE, passed at Brookdale Senior Living, Dover, on December 3, 2022 surrounded by family.

Dot was born in Philadelphia, PA., daughter of the late John and Helen (Kirn) McGrath.  Dot married Lawrence “Larry” Petchel and they moved to Wilmington in 1949.

In addition to her parents, Dot was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Lawrence “Larry” D. Petchel; son, Ronald Petchel; grandson, Mark Petchel; and her brother, Jack McGrath. She is survived by her loving children, Lawrence M. Petchel and wife, Pat of Lewes, DE, Michael Petchel of Honey Brook, PA, Theresa L. Chopack and husband Stephen of New Castle, and James D. Petchel of Ocean View; six grandchildren, Justin, Courtney, Michael, Matthew, and Lindsey; a great-granddaughter, Summer; and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 at 11 am at  Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Church, 801 N. Dupont Hwy, New Castle, DE. In a private ceremony, Dot will be interred beside her husband at St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church Cemetery, in Freeland, PA.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Delaware Hospice, 911 South DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901 or by clicking here.


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3 Condolences for Dorothy “Dot” Petchel

  • It has been a long journey. So many memories. You made sure we got to the pool almost every day during the summers. Every once in awhile you would send me out for late evening snack to Gino’s or Beefy’s. The 4th of July picnics, were friends would come over and enjoy a day of eating and playing horseshoes or volleyball then sit in the back yard and watch the fireworks from the airbase.

    Thanks for being my mom.


  • Very sorry to hear about your mom. She was a very nice lady. My parents and your parents got together down the beach all the time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time.
    AnnMarie Piel Stafford

  • Sending my heartfelt condolences to you all for the loss of your mom. I have a lot of wonderful memories of her and my mom (MaryAlice) together during the summers and christmas parties. We always had such a great time. May she rest peacefully now. With all my love Margie