July 22, 1927 ~ August 14, 2021

Born in: Queens, New York
Resided in: Dacula, Georgia

KNORTZ, Dorothy Elizabeth (née Lauterborn), a Dacula resident for two years and formerly of Southampton, NJ; beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away of natural causes on Saturday August 14, 2021 at the age of 94.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Deborah Knortz, Suffern, NY; Kenneth Knortz, his wife Patricia, Dacula, GA; and Pamela (Knortz) Elsins, her husband Victor also of Dacula, GA; three grandsons, Robert Knortz, his wife Cassandra, Dacula, GA; Kyle Knortz, his wife Victoria, Dacula, GA and Christopher Elsins, Secaucus, NJ; five great grandchildren – Nicholas, Hayden, Bryse, Ethan and Brett. She is preceded in death by her parents, brother George, sister Marion and her loving husband Walter.

Dorothy was born at her family home on Long Island, NY on July 22, 1927 to Francis and Catherine (Keogh) Lauterborn. After completing public high school and a program in Secretarial Sciences, she began her working career which eventually led her to a position in the Legal department for Equitable Life in Manhattan NY. Here, she met the love of her life, Walter R. Knortz. Married in November 1963, she became a full time homemaker and mother to three. Over the years, she and Walter raised their children, and enjoyed traveling to Ireland, Hilton Head, Hawaii and multiple US cities before ultimately retiring to Southampton NJ. In 2019, she and her little dog Stormy moved to Dacula GA and began sharing a home with her daughter and her husband. Besides traveling, Dorothy loved to go shopping, do needlework and crafting. She had a sweet tooth that would pop up at odd times – often causing a mid-afternoon search for bit of chocolate or a cookie. She was a devote member of the Legion of Mary and St Vincent de Paul Society. She was one of the founding members of Church of the Holy Eucharist in Tabernacle NJ and, later, a member of St. Lawrence RC Church in Lawrenceville, NJ.

Two services are planned – the first in Lawrenceville GA for her Georgia family and friends and a second, in Tabernacle NJ prior to her interment. She will be buried next to her husband Walter in the Burlington County Veteran’s Cemetery. A morning viewing (9 – 11 am) is planned at Wages & Sons 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville GA, on Wednesday August 18th followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St Lawrence RC Church, 319 Grayson Highway, Lawrenceville GA at 12:00pm. After the service, Dorothy will travel north for a viewing and service in her long time parish, Church of the Holy Eucharist, 520 Medford Lakes Rd, Tabernacle NJ. The NJ viewing will be held on Monday August 23rd at Holy Eucharist followed by a Mass of Christian Burial and interment at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery, 350 Province line Road, Wrightstown, NJ. Contact Holy Eucharist Church for viewing and Mass times. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St Vincent de Paul Society, St. Lawrence Church 319 Grayson Highway, Lawrenceville GA. On-Line condolences can be sent to www.wageandsons.com.


Visitation: August 18, 2021 9:00 am - August 18, 2021 11:00 am

Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel
1031 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046


Funeral Mass: August 18, 2021 11:30 am - August 18, 2021 12:00 pm

St Lawrence Catholic Church
319 Grayson Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30046


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  1. CandleImageMay your soul rest in eternal peace with your father in heaven, free of pain and full of joy. I know those you left behind will find happiness in the memories you created. God bless Pam and family in this difficult time.

  2. CandleImageMay you find peace and rest in the arms of the Lord and may the light of all the lives you have touched shine brightly and guide you home.

  3. CandleImagePlease except my deepest condolences. Death is always unexpected, but what a joy” to know that one day death will be a thing of the past. Jesus Christ, assure us of that promise found in the Bible, at Revelation 21:3,4. Please read that COMFORTING thought at you convenient.

    • Thank you Clara and Clarine! We will miss her deeply but are grateful for the time we were blessed with on this earth.

  4. CandleImageMy family and I are very sadden by this heart wrenching news. From the bottom of our heart we present you and the entire family our sincere condolences. May her soul rest in peace.

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