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Doreen Elizabeth Wildt

March 11, 1933 ~ April 16, 2019 (age 86)
Doreen Elizabeth Wildt, 86, of Bethlehem, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 while in the care of Gracedale Nursing Home. Doreen was born in Southall, a district of Greater London, England on March 11, 1933, the second child and only daughter of Harry and Dora (nee Buckley) Ottewill. She attended the public school system in London and, by family choice, was one of the very few children who remained within Greater London during the 1940-41 blitz of WWII. Following graduation from the public school system, she worked for three years in the London County Council as a Juvenile Court reporter, after which she attended Saint Katherine's College, University of London. She graduated in 1954 with degree certificates in psychology and religion prior to employment as a primary school teacher in the Hayes, Middlesex school system.

In 1956 she married Roger Howard Wildt, a Research Fellow at Imperial College, University of London ,and in 1957 celebrated the birth of her first son, Christopher Howard Wildt. That same year, with her family, she emigrated to Massachusetts - initially to Westborough and then to Worcester. In 1960, after the birth of her second son, Richard Emory Wildt, the family moved to Bethlehem and eventually to Wassergass, Pennsylvania. In Bethlehem, for the next three decades, she was very active in Central Moravian Church, taught at Moravian Academy, was Director of Physical Education at the YWCA, and was a regular volunteer at St. Luke's Hospital and associated programs of caring for the elderly in their homes. In recent years, she was a member of the Cathedral Church of the Nativity. Doreen loved animals, gardening and growing vegetables, flowers and any herbs.

Survivors: She will be lovingly remembered by her sons Richard Wildt and Christopher Wildt both of Rutland, VT. She was preceded in death by her parents and her only brother, Ronald Harry Ottewill.

Services: Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Doreen's arrangements have been entrusted to the Cantelmi Long Funeral Home, 500 Linden Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018. A memory tribute may be placed at www.cantelmifuneralhome.com.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Gracedale Nursing Home, 2 Gracedale Avenue, Nazareth, PA 18064.
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