Dorothy June ‘Dot’ Calderwood, 97, accomplished artist and musician who enjoyed picnics by the James River

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Dorothy June Calderwood
Dorothy June Calderwood

Dorothy June ‘Dot’ Calderwood died Saturday, March 26, 2016, at the age of 97. She was born in Hartford, Conn., on February 12, 1919, to Frances Isabel (Lowe) and Arthur Zeiser.

Dot graduated from Farmington Connecticut High School and continued her studies of music at Hartford Conservatory. She excelled in both piano and organ and played in several concerts and churches in the Hartford area.

After raising two children, Dot became an accomplished portrait artist and won several juried shows. She also returned to work for the CIGNA Corporation, retiring at age 65. She worked part time until the age of 71.

After living for most of her life in Simsbury, Conn., she moved in 1988 to Mendham, N.J., to be near family. It was there that she found a passion for volunteering for The Seeing Eye headquarters. She was honored for 10 years of service when she was 81. Dot moved with her daughter to Williamsburg in 2001.

In Williamsburg, she had many interests and remained active until shortly before her death. She loved to knit, shop, go to Bible Studies and talk on the phone. Dot was a member of Williamsburg Presbyterian Church and the Kingsmill Women’s Social Club. In her last months, unable to easily walk, she enjoyed car rides and lunches in Kiwanis Park and by the James River.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Robert Zeiser.

She is survived by her son, David Calderwood (Meg) of Manassas; daughter, Faith Shartzer (Len) of Williamsburg; grandsons, Tom Calderwood and Graham Calderwood of Northern Virginia and David Harrington (Blaire) of Wilmington; and great-granddaughter, Audrey Harrington.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. A private burial will be held in Williamsburg Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made The Seeing Eye, P.O. Box 375, Morristown, NJ 07963-0375; or Williamsburg Presbyterian Church Music Program, 215 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185.

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