Dorothy Reed Schone, 84, illustrator

Dorothy R. Schone
Dorothy R. Schone
Posted: March 17, 2014

Dorothy Reed Schone, 84, of Gloucester City, a former illustrator for technical publications, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Monday, March 10, at the Voorhees Center of Genesis Healthcare.

Born in Philadelphia, Mrs. Schone graduated from the former Notre Dame High School in Moylan, Delaware County, in 1947, and worked as a draftsman at the General Electric Co. in Delaware County into the 1950s.

She then joined a temporary employment agency and worked as a draftsman for several firms in Philadelphia and South Jersey into the 1960s, her daughter, Patricia, said.

Mrs. Schone graduated from a beautician school in Gloucester City in 1965, earned her state cosmetology license, and worked for several beauty parlors in South Jersey.

She earned an associate's degree in illustration at the former Philadelphia College of Art in 1985 and a bachelor's at Rutgers University-Camden in 1989.

Mrs. Schone had begun working as a illustrator of technical publications in the 1970s for the Moorestown office of Computer Sciences Corp. and continued through and after her schooling, her daughter said.

She retired from that firm in 1996.

Mrs. Schone was a member of the parent-teacher organization at St. Mary's School in Gloucester City from 1964 to 1976, her daughter said, and a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

A retired nun who worked with Mrs. Schone at St. Mary's recalled that she had prominent roles in fund-raising for the parent-teacher group.

She was also a member of a local chapter of the Single Parent Society in the 1980s and '90s.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Schone is survived by sons Edward, Joseph and Michael; a brother; a sister; and five grandchildren. Her former husband, Edward, died in 1987.

A viewing was set for 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at the McCann-Healey Funeral Home, 851 Monmouth St., Gloucester City.

A second viewing was set for 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, March 17, at St. Mary's Church, 426 Monmouth St., Gloucester City, N.J. 08030, before a 10:30 a.m. Funeral Mass there. Burial is to be in New St. Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr.

Donations may be sent to the church at the address above.

Condolences may be offered to the family at

610-313-8134 @WNaedele

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