Obituaries » Dorothy (Dot) Mathis
June 29, 1929 - November 16, 2022
Dorothy (Dot) Mathis, 93, passed away on November 16, 2022 at Belleair Health Care Center in Clearwater, FL. She is the former Dorothy Stoffa Leshko.
Dot was born in Freeland, PA on June 29, 1929, to the late John R. and Esther (Bredbenner) Stoffa. She was a graduate of Freeland High School (1947) and was a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. After her marriage to Pete Leshko of Ebervale (1950) she moved to New Jersey. Dot was a Quality Inspector at Ortho Pharmaceutical in NJ before moving with Pete to Temple Terrace, Florida (1972). She later married Bryant Mathis (1975). She was employed at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL for 20 years retiring in 1994. She later worked at the USF Federal Credit Union and the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute retiring in South Pasadena, FL.
Dot was skilled in needlepoint sharing her many special works with family and friends. She also was an avid cook and baker specializing in NY style cheesecake. First as a client and later a volunteer instructor, she mastered specialized cooking skills at the Lighthouse for the Blind. Dot was proud of her Slovak heritage. She loved the beach, bingo, family road trips and Country music. Her greatest joy was being a grandmother to Annie and Kimmie.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her three brothers (Jack, Gene and Gary Stoffa), a sister (Esther Ray), her husbands (Peter Leshko and Bryant Mathis) and a niece (Cindy Ray).
Surviving is her daughter Kathey LaRoche (Doug) of Lake Placid, FL, son Peter Leshko (Sonia) of Temple Terrace, FL, son David Leshko (Jenny) of Burns, TN, two granddaughters (Annie Leshko of Tallahassee, FL and Kimmie Leshko of Tampa, FL), nieces (Judy Noonan, Christine Falatko and Amy Stanziale), nephew (Jack Stoffa) and her grandpuppies.
Burial will be in the Stoffa family plot in the Freeland Cemetery. McNulty Funeral Home will handle the graveside service planned for May.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to English Springer Rescue America (www.springerrescue.org) or Suncoast Hospice in Clearwater, FL.