It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of long time principal of Holy Trinity, Mrs. Dorothy Szot.
Mrs. Szot, a native of Jersey City and proud alumnae of St. Aloysius school, graduated from Fordham University before starting her teaching career in Jersey City. She then moved on to Park Middle School in Scotch Plains. After starting a family with her beloved husband Stanley, to whom she was married for almost sixty years at the time of his passing 5 years ago, she left teaching to raise her daughters, Amy and Cathy.
A return to teaching marked the beginning of her 40 years of devotion for the children, families, and faculty of Holy Trinity School. Starting in fifth grade, she quickly made the switch to eighth grade, moving from the original elementary school building to the high school building across First Street, currently the school’s main campus. Mrs. Szot took great pride in her ability to teach English grammar and composition to the children of Holy Trinity. In 1983 she was named principal and led Holy Trinity with kindness, caring, humor, and love until her retirement in 2007. She was at the helm as our school grew from one class of each grade to two classes of each grade in Westfield and an Early Childhood Learning Center serving two year olds through kindergarten at the Mountainside campus. She was a proponent of embracing the newest trends in education while holding on to the traditions of a strong Catholic foundation. Mrs. Szot was ahead of her time in opening the school to all seeking a Catholic education, truly creating a school where everyone is someone special, well before differentiated learning became an educational buzzword! Anyone, from pastor, to parent, to teacher, to student, who entered her office left with a smile and the knowledge that they were loved and respected by a woman who truly cared for her school and all who were served by it.
Her strong Catholic faith was the guiding light throughout her life and she exemplified this by placing a poster with these words at all entrances to the school building, “Jesus Christ is the reason for this school, the unseen, but ever present teacher in all of its classes, the model of its faculty, and the inspiration for its students.”
She is honored with the statue of two joyful children on the front steps of our school, perfectly placed for she will remain that smiling face lovingly watching her students and parents out of her office window at dismissal. May she Rest In Peace in the loving arms of Jesus Christ whom she served so well in her years here at Holy Trinity.
Mrs. Szot is survived by her two daughters Amy Bottega and Cathy Traflet, their husbands, William and Steve, as well as her six beloved grandchildren, including Holy Trinity alumni, Beth ‘00, Colin ’03, Laura ‘06, and Corey ‘09.
The Viewing will take place at Rossi Funeral Home in Scotch Plains on Friday, February 15, 2019, from 5-8 p.m.The Funeral Mass will take place at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Scotch Plains on Saturday, February 16, 2019, at 10 a.m.