Durbec, Dorothy Katherine

Harrington Park, NJ

On March 1, 2021, Dorothy Katherine Durbec passed away at home at the age 93, surrounded by her family.

Dottie ‘Kate’ Durbec (nee Ritger) was born on March 25,1927 in Fort Lee, New Jersey to Frank and Rosey (Riedmuller) Ritger.  She was preceded in death by her sisters Jeannie Petrine and Eleanor Sassano. After graduating from Fort Lee High School, Kate worked at the Englewood Telephone Company before marrying the love of her life, William Gabriel Durbec on June 25th 1949, and enjoyed a 55 year marriage until his death in 2004. After their marriage, Kate was a homemaker as well as the bookkeeper for their family company, William Durbec and Sons Roofing.  

The couple moved to Closter and later settled in Harrington Park, NJ where they raised their four children, William Jr, Tom, Kim Monteverde, and Sandy Trainor. Kate and Bill are also survived by their nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren, whom they both adored. The grandchildren include Alyssa Djelevic, Danielle Potocek, William Durbec III, Abby Monteverde, Katie Durbec, Jaime Thompson, Tom Durbec Jr, Johnny Trainor, and Ryan Monteverde. Her great grandchildren are Ella and Luke Djelevic, and Julie Kate Potocek.  Kate devoted her life to her family and was very proud of her family’s closeness. Over many years she especially took great joy in spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Never did or a birthday or holiday go by without a handwritten note or phone call from Kate.

Dorothy had a strong faith in God and was a devoted member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Closter, NJ for over 65 years.  She was dedicated to her community in Harrington Park, getting involved in many different clubs and activities including as a founding member of the Harrington Park Garden Club.  Her 65 years in Harrington Park resulted in many dear friendships which lasted until the final days of her life.  Kate had a true zest for life, was well traveled, and loved the ocean, a passion she shared with her family. Over many years, Kate loved spending time with her family out at the beaches in Hampton Bays, NY and occasionally on one of her other favorite places, St John in the Virgin Islands. 

Kate was all about family, friends, church, and country.  Forever remembered in a handwritten note, an early spring bloom, or a cool ocean breeze. She was a wonderful, proud, independent, thoughtful, loving woman who will be greatly missed by family and friends alike. A Memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Closter N.J. Wednesday March 10th at 11am. The service will be for close friends and family due to limited capacity. In lieu of flowers a donation to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 171 Closter Dock Rd., Closter N.J. 07624, or Garden Club of Harrington Park, 154 LaRoche Ave., Harrington Park, N.J. 07640,, would be greatly appreciated.