Dorothy Edgerton Obituary (1929 – 2022) – Williamstown, MA
Dottie, as her friends more commonly called her, or Dede, as her grandchildren affectionately called her, grew up in Merion, PA and spent her summers in Avalon, NJ. Shortly after graduating from high school, she traveled by ship to Europe during the Holy Year of 1950, where she developed a great love of art and travel. In 1952, she married Samuel Y. Edgerton Jr., who later became professor of art history at Williams College. Together they traveled extensively, spending a year in Lingen Ems, Germany and Florence, Italy, and visiting many other countries in Europe and Central America, including Mexico and Guatemala.
Inspired by her time and experiences abroad, Dottie became a fabulous cook and loved to entertain. She and Sam raised their family of four in Brookline, Massachusetts, before moving to Williamstown in 1981. In their home in South Williamstown, Dottie grew a beautiful garden of flowers, herbs and vegetables. She was president of the Williamstown Garden Club, active member of the South Williamstown Community Association, and communicator for St. Patrick & Raphael Parish in Williamstown. Known for her kindness and graceful style, her greatest joy was her family, who loved her dearly.
Her husband, Sam Edgerton Jr., Amos Lawrence Professor of Art, Emeritus died April 25, 2021. Dottie is survived by her loving children, Perky Edgerton and her husband Brian Meunier, Sam Edgerton III, Mary Edgerton and her husband Christoph Winter – seven grandchildren, Marina, Lela, Peter, Kevin, Chloe, Zach and Phoebe – three great-grandchildren, Xavi, Nico and Gabriel, and brother-in-law Eustace Wolfington. She is predeceased by her husband, her son Peter Martineau Edgerton and her sisters Ginny Martin and Marcy Wolfington.
FUNERAL NOTICE: A Christian Burial Service to celebrate the life of Dottie will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick’s & Raphael Church. Interment will follow at Williams College Cemetery next to her husband, Samuel and son Peter. To add to the memorial book, please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com.
Published by The Berkshire Eagle on April 9, 2022.