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Dorfman, Dorothy Jean

Dorothy Jean Dorfman, 93, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away peacefully on Dec. 6, 2017. Funeral services were held Dec. 10, 2017, at The Louis Memorial Chapel; burial followed at Rose Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to a charity of your choice.


Dorothy was born Jan. 31, 1924, in Kansas City, Missouri. She was the daughter of Joe Silverforb and Fan Silverforb Park. She lived in Kansas City until she was 11, and then moved with her mother to Evanston, Illinois. Dorothy graduated from Evanston High School in 1940 and attended Monticello College in Godfrey, Illinois. She moved back to Kansas City during World War II.

On June 23, 1946, Dorothy married Marvin Dorfman and they spent 65 wonderful years together. Their life was highlighted by the addition of their three children, the building of a family business, travel to warm destinations, and the company of life-long friends.

Dorothy lived a full life and always brightened a room with her smile and twinkle in her eye. She was a very special grandmother to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dorothy enjoyed playing bridge and mah jongg with her dear friends. She was also a huge sports enthusiast — always keeping up with all of her favorite teams.

Dorothy, “Little” Dorothy, Dottie, Dot, Grandma, Mama and Grandma D were all names to which she proudly answered.

Dorothy leaves us all with full hearts and wonderful memories.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Marvin.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter: Debbie Lubin (Jay) of Overland Park, Kansas; sons: Jeff Dorfman (Beth) of Leawood, Kansas, and Scott Dorfman (Laurie) of Houston, Texas; grandchildren: Allison Besant (Doug), Lori Lubin, John Lubin (Katie), Claire Dorfman, Charles Dorfman, Amy Shapiro (Peter), Erin Nathan (Ben); great-grandchildren: Teddy, Beau, Eli, Maya, Sophie and Emma; brothers: David Silverforb (Nancy) of Prairie Village, Kansas, and Bob Silverforb (Judy) of Portland, Oregon. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and her devoted companion, Mel Mallin. 

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.louismemorialchapel.com.

Arrangements by The Louis Memorial Chapel, 816-361-5211.