Dottie Kovic - Friend & Neighbor

A funeral mass will be offered Wednesday morning, Jan. 19, at 10 a.m. for Dorothy C. Kovic, who died Friday, Jan. 14 at 91 years of age.

The mass will be offered at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, with interment at Fair View Cemetery, Middletown. A celebration of her life will be planned for later in the year.

Dorothy was born Dorothy Dirks, the daughter of Catherine May, Ireland, and John, Belgium, on May 13, 1930 in Hoboken, where she was raised and attended Our Lady of Grace and Demarest High schools and and met Michael Kovic.

They were married in 1949 and lived in Hoboken until moving their young family to Highlands in 1956.

A communicant of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) Church, Dorothy was active in the Rosary Society and OLPH parochial Elementary School from the time it was constructed. She also served on the Highlands Housing Authority for Ptak Towers, and in the Veterans of Foreign War Post 6902, Highlands. She was founder and proprietor of This & That Variety Store, Highlands, which evolved to The Breakfast House, a family, friend and neighborhood eatery on Bay Ave. which was popular to all.

Dorothy felt one of her greatest honors was in 2010 when she was selected to be Grand Marshal of the borough’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade. In addition to raising seven children, their countless friends and pets on “the hill,” Dorothy enjoyed visits to Atlantic City, antique hunting, and vacationing with her husband and friends. She also made the best Soda Bread this side of County Kilkenny.

Dorothy was predeceased by her husband, Michael Kovic, in 2015, and a daughter, Patricia Kaj, in 1995. She is survived by three sons, Michael Jr. & wife Nanci Kovic, James Kovic & John Kovic, all of Highlands; three daughters, Kathleen Paul of Atlantic Highlands, Dorothy and husband Lee Shell and Christine and husband Scott Seuffert, Highlands, along with ten grandchildren and one great grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ASPCA. Messages of condolence may be e-mailed to and will be received by the family.


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