GLOUCESTER — Dorothy “Dot” (Hull) Surpitski, 91, a longtime resident of Den Mar Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Rockport, formerly of Ipswich and Hamilton, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 14, 2013, at Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Gloucester.
Dot grew up in Ipswich and settled in Hamilton with her loving late husband of 64 years, Victor “Vic” Surpitski, where they raised their son, daughter, and Dot’s niece. The couple returned to Ipswich in later years.
Unequivocally, Dot’s most notable personality trait was her love of, and gift for communicating. She was a prolific letter and card writer, habitually including newspaper and magazine clippings to emphasize a point, delight, or inform recipients. She was a voracious reader and knowledge-seeker, gladly engaging in thoughtful conversation around any topic. Her favorite subject was the human condition. As a resident of Den Mar, Dot treasured the activities and outings; from Trivial Pursuit to restaurant lunches, annual trips to the Topsfield Fair and especially the Christmas Ho Ho Hotline. Dot will be remembered by all for her sharp mind, curiosity, and ability to make those around her feel unique.
She is survived by her son, Douglas Surpitski and his wife, Margaret, of Schodack, N.Y.; her niece, Dianna Johnson and husband, Mathew Johnson, of Powhatan, Va.; granddaughters, Lisa Rigsby of Gloucester and Rebecca Healy and husband, Daniel, of Bennington, Vt.; grandsons, Timothy Surpitski of Beekmantown, N.Y., and Theodore Surpitski of Schenectady, N.Y.; great-grandchildren, Lucille Healy and Finnian Healy, both of Bennington, Vt.; and many Surpitski nieces and nephews and their families. She was the mother of the late Joan Surpitski, formerly of Ipswich.