OBITUARY: Dorothy Gillis Newberger of Cocoa Beach Passes Away Oct. 21 at Age 99

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Moved to Florida in 1970, initially settled in Merritt Island before relocating to Cocoa Beach in 1984

Dorothy Gillis Newberger, 99, passed away on October 21, 2020. She was born on May 17, 1921, in Harrisburg, PA, and graduated from John Harris High School in 1939.

BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – Dorothy Gillis Newberger, 99, passed away on October 21, 2020. She was born on May 17, 1921, in Harrisburg, PA, and graduated from John Harris High School in 1939.

Widow of Lieutenant Colonel Harmon Newberger, they were married in 1942. Residing in the Harrisburg area she worked at Middletown Defense Depot and then as a telephone operator for Bell Pennsylvania.

In 1952, they were given the opportunity to relocate to Germany where they adopted their son, Dean, a year later. Returning to the states in 1955, they were stationed at McGuire AFB near Trenton NJ and Hunter AFB in Savannah GA. In 1961, they adopted their daughter, Dale, after being transferred to Donaldson AFB in Greenville SC.

They moved to Florida in 1970 and initially settled in Merritt Island before relocating to Cocoa Beach in 1984.

She has been a member of the Cocoa Beach Community Church since 1973. Dorothy moved to Courtenay Springs Village in 2016.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Harmon, in 2001 and son Dean, in 2017. She is survived by her daughter, Dale; daughter-in-law, Fran Newberger, of Titusville; seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cocoa Beach Community Church, 126 S. Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931; or the Salvation Army, 919 Peachtree Street, Cocoa FL, 32922.

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