Dorothy M. Machamer - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Dorothy M. Machamer

October 20, 1934 - July 21, 2020

Dorothy M. Machamer, age 85, of Elkton, MD, passed away on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at home.

Born in Branchdale, PA on October 20, 1934, she was the youngest of 13 children born to the late James and Nora Larkin. 

Dorothy loved her family, Norte Dame, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. She looked forward to the 4th of July, Easter, Thanksgiving, and especially Christmas because it brought her family together. She and Clyde enjoyed a trip to Ireland, and attended Notre Dame games in South Bend, Baltimore, and at USC. They also enjoyed some bus tours to Charleston, Vermont, and New Hampshire with good friends.  She had a generous heart and loved a good laugh. 

In addition to her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by her siblings, Gertrude Lechlitner, Alice Graver, Robert Larkin, Theresa Davidson, John Larkin, William Larkin, Edward Larkin, Ann Kimmel, James Larkin, Molly Hoffman (David), Thomas Larkin, and Bernard Larkin (Rita); and brother-in-law, Dennis Machamer.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Clyde L. Machamer; children, Patrick Machamer, Sheila Machamer-Barlow (Curt), Richard Machamer; two grandchildren, Bryan and Lindsay Machamer; sisters-in-law, Rita Larkin and Donna Machamer; brother-in-law, David Hoffman; and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 11 am until 12:30 pm on Monday, July 27, 2020, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE. Face masks will be required for all in attendance. Services and interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, contributions should be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or to donate online click here.


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21 Condolences for Dorothy M. Machamer

  • Clyde, Pat, Rich, and Sheila… I have so many great memories and have had so many good times together with your family. Dorothy will be missed so much. I’m so sorry for your loss. Love you guys, Eileen

  • RIP Dorothy, I’ll bet you’re dancing now. I’ll miss your friendship, quick wit, perseverance and love of life and family. We’ll try to help take care of Clyde as you and God guide from above.

  • Clyde, Pat, Sheila, and Richard and family
    I’m so sorry for your loss, – our loss. Will always remember her unique laugh,Dorothy was always happy, always a smile from ear to ear anytime your family came to visit Bernard and Rita and our family. She had that familiar reply, “Christ!” to whatever or whoever’s we were talking about, will never forget the time Dorothy hit the homerun at the Lucas family reunion at Echo Valley, she started to run out of gas rounding 2nd base,smiling and laughing the whole way to home plate. it’s hard to believe that those 13 brothers and sisters aren’t with us anymore. How precious life and time is, and how fast it flies by, I am so sorry, Rita is devastated by the loss of her best friend,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Love
    Jim, Joanie, Collin and Ethan Larkin

  • My Condolences to the Machamer family.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time.
    My deepest sympathy,

    “What was once enjoyed and deeply Loved, we can never lose. For all that we love deeply becomes part of us.” Helen Keller

  • My deepest regrets on the loss of your wife/ mother.

  • Please accept my condolences on the passing of Dorothy. I enjoyed working with her at DuPont, in the mailroom. The tribute video is beautiful! I will add the family to my prayers. Thinking of all of you.

  • Dear Clyde, Patrick, Sheila, Richard and Family,

    Our family is so sorry for your loss. She raised a beautiful family.
    Dorothy was our best friend for 55 years. We had so many previous memories raising our children together including our many happy adventures, especially our trip to Ireland. Your loss and ours will be most deeply felt.

    God Bless and Love,
    George, Ellie, Sharon, Dan, Stephen and Kathy and Family

  • To: the entire family of Dorothy , It was difficult for me emotionally to learn of your Wife’s/Moms passing , I sure will always remember the times and adventures our two family’s had together as i was was growing up !! and for sure i will miss hearing her say “OOHH Daniel **** ” as she did it with a flair with no equal !! I feel fortunate to have had her in my life !!

  • Please accept my sincerest condolences on your loss Clyde and family. I looked forward to chatting with her at work. She was so gentle, kind and funny. She spread her joy all over the site.

  • Clyde and family,

    So sorry to hear about Aunt Dorothy’s passing. She was always one of dad’s (Butch Lechleitner) favorites. My mom and all of my brothers and sisters send our condolences.

  • So sorry to hear about Dorothy. Such a nice person. Always had me laughing when I’d be hanging out in the mail room. She will be missed.

  • Mr. Machamer, Pat, Sheila and Richard, I am so very sorry for your loss. Some of my fondest memories were from living across the street from the Machamer family and growing up with Pat, Sheila and Richard. I so remember Pat and I raising Mrs. Machamer‘s Irish (for good reason) on more than one occasion! I miss you all and will keep the great memories close to heart.
    Much love, John and Sooji Crockett

  • We are thinking of you all and keeping you and your family in our prayers and intentions. We are so sorry for you loss.

    With love and sympathy,
    Christina and Joe Csoltko

  • I love the Machamer family. Mrs Machamer always invited me to family barbecues and New Year’s Day dinners.We all had such great fun at summer crab feasts .Dorothy was such great fun with her sense of humor and her old Irish ways. Just a great down to earth ,sweet,kind person.I will miss her very much…God Bless the family in this sad time .

  • Sheila and family,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


  • Pat, Sheila, Richard, and Mr. Machamer
    So sorry to here about your mom passing. My heart breaks for you. She must have been amazing to raise such amazing children. I now know where you got your heart for football, Pat. Reading the other messages verifies what I always thought of her. Love ya’ll.
    Ricky Vinson
    Pat, would you please text me @ (501)529-6483. Let me know you got this message.

  • Sorry for your loss aunt Rita and family.

  • Clyde and Family,
    So sorry to hear about your loss. Dorothy was a very kind and funny lady. I enjoyed her company when I worked at EDL/BEC. She would always put a smile on your face. She will be deeply missed. God bless all of you.

  • So sorry for your loss. 🙏 prayers to your entire family