Dorothy Frances ‘Dotty’ Kehlenbeck, 91, enjoyed testing her luck at slot machines

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Dorothy Frances ‘Dotty’ Kehlenbeck, 91, passed away Friday, March 31, 2017, in Virginia Beach. Dotty was the daughter of William and Frances Melious. She was born in Queens, N.Y. She graduated from Richmond Hill High School in 1944.

She married Ralph T. Kehlenbeck Feb. 3, 1951, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Queens Village, N.Y. They were married 35 years. Dotty worked as a bookkeeper before becoming a full-time mom. Ralph and Dotty moved to Wantagh, Long Island, to raise their family. They enjoyed taking their children to Jones Beach, Westbury Music Fair, Jolly Rogers Amusement Park, and movies at ‘The Itch’ in North Bellmore.

Dotty was a big animal lover and owned several dogs during her life. She was beloved by her family’s friends due to her great sense of humor. Throughout the years, Dotty enjoyed roller skating, rides at Coney Island, dancing, jigsaw puzzles, shopping, playing Michigan Rummy with family, WWE wrestling, and watching comedy and variety TV shows as well as going to the movies.

Dotty was an avid bingo player and enjoyed playing the slot machines in Dover, Del., and Las Vegas. Upon her first trip to Las Vegas, she fell in love with the white tigers of Siegfried and Roy. She returned to Vegas many times, not only for the gambling, but for the entertainment as well. She enjoyed many magic, Cirque du Soleil, and impersonation shows. She also enjoyed eating at The Stage Deli, particularly the cinnamon toast served by our good friend Jack.

We would like to acknowledge the wonderful care our mom received at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital. Her family also wants to thank Dotty’s best friend, Mary Shelor, for her friendship and support during her time in the hospital.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Kehlenbeck, and their daughter, Linda.

She is survived by her son, Kevin; daughters, Rita and Janet; and cat, Lily Rose.

Dotty was an extremely generous person, and, in lieu of flowers, friends and family may make donations to veterans’ and animal charities; some of her favorite organizations included Disabled Veterans, U.S. Veterans Hospice Committee, Grey2K USA (greyhounds) and Tiger Creek.