Dorothea J. Marra, 84, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY — Dorothea June Marra, 84, died Feb. 23, 2019, at her home.

She was born on Feb. 11, 1935, in Watertown, the daughter of the late Stephen and Ruth (McCready) Bennett

On January 16, 1960 she married Rocco “Rocky” Marra, who passed away in 2003.

Dorothea worked at several jobs in her younger years including Marsh’s and Avon Shoes. For many years, she co-owned Rocky’s Fruit Stand and the Burrville Cider Mill.  She was raised in St. Patrick’s parish in Watertown and fondly remembered the kindness of the nuns who taught her at St. Patrick’s School.  She believed in God and loved nature, gardening, and birdwatching.  She was also a devoted mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her 6 children:  Shari Washer of Clifton Park, NY; Michele (Eric) Van Reet, Rutland, MA; Rocco Marra of Watertown, NY; Julie (Thomas) Leitch of Sanford, NC; Jill (Daniel) Doerger of Baldwinsville, NY; and David (Mechelle) Marra of Carthage, NY; 13 grandchildren:  Justin “J” Corbett, Michael Washer, Stephanie Washer, Jacob Van Reet, Jared Van Reet, Marra Leitch, Zachary Leitch, Brianna Leitch, Haley Doerger, Abbey Doerger, Jack Marra, Margaret Marra, and Grace Marra; 4 siblings:  Her brother Leo (Bessie) Bennett of Watertown, NY who will forever be her hero; Idris Wilder of Watertown, NY; Charlotte Ubriaco of Watertown, NY, and Stephen Jr. (Verena) Bennett of Lakeland, FL; and her long-time friend Patti (Carbone) Hancock.

She was predeceased by her husband, Rocco; sister Ruth (Earl) Funderburk of Tennessee, brothers George Bennett of Watertown and Frank Hoffman, a sister, Beverly who died as a toddler, and her beloved sister-in-law Ferne (Kilborn) Marra, who she loved as a sister.

Services will be private.

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