Dorothy Sweeney

Dorothy Ann "DA" Sweeney

Thursday, March 26th, 1936 - Saturday, May 23rd, 2020
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Dorothy Ann Sweeney of 78 Will Rogers Drive in Saranac Lake died on Saturday, May 23 at the Adirondack Medical Center. She was born on March 26, 1936, in Springfield, Massachusetts, the daughter of John F. Sweeney and Dorothy Aldrich Sweeney.
She is survived by her sister, Joan Sweeney, of Holyoke, Massachusetts; her brother and sister in law, William and Susan Sweeney of Menands, New York; and her sister in law Eleanor Sweeney of Saranac Lake. She also leaves three nephews and their families.
She graduated from Middlebury College in 1958 with a degree is sociology and anthropology, and received a master's degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work in 1963.
After working in child welfare and health in New York City and Boston, she moved to Bennington, Vermont in 1973, where she was the coordinator of children's services at United Counseling Services. Subsequently she worked in private practice as a psychotherapist.
In 2015 she moved to Saranac Village at Will Rogers, where she found a warm and welcoming home close to her family.
DA, as everyone called her, had a lifelong interest in the visual arts. As she moved into retirement, she was able to spend more time painting in watercolors and pastels. Several of her paintings hang on the walls at Will Rogers, where she had a retrospective exhibit of her work in 2018.
Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, 20 Church Street Saranac Lake, NY 12983. There will be no calling hours or services. Friends wishing to remember DA may make donations to the Saranac Lake Interfaith Food Pantry, PO Box 532, Saranac Lake, NY 12983, or in care of the Fortune Keough Funeral Home. Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the online guest book at
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Carol Jaquis

Posted at 06:29pm
So sorry about your passing Loved visiting with you. You were such a sweet gentle lady and gave great advice. RIP Dorothy.

Ellen Havlak

Posted at 10:16am
DA was my neighbor in Bennington for over 30 years. During the last couple of years that she lived there, we had a standing date on Friday afternoons for a tea break in her living room or on her front porch. It was always a bit of calm in a hectic week. In the summertime, she would always send me home with a handful of her beautiful flowers. The shasta daisies in my front yard came from her yard and will be blooming soon to remind me of her.

Gail Wrenn

Posted at 04:23pm
Thank you, Dorothy, for enriching my life.
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Gail Stevens

Posted at 01:02pm
DA was one of my dearest friends. We met years ago when she moderated the MS support group in Bennington. We have always kept in touch & spoke just last week. I will miss her. Her passing leaves such a hole in my life. Condolences to her family. I’ll always remember her love & kindness. She was a wonderful lady!!!❤️🙏

Elaine Sunde

Posted at 07:06pm
DA was a special person at Will Rogers. Reserved in crowds, she was wonderful in quiet conversation. She took real pleasure in gathering friends with whom she generously shared her gifts of color and visual creativity. The empty place she leaves is not at the center of the room but in the cozy, quiet places around the fireplace. I will miss her very much. Elaine Sunde

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