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Dorothy M. Palla

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home

Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 10:00 am

St. Mary's Catholic Church


Dorothy M. Palla, 91, of Hagerstown, MD, ended life’s journey peacefully, Thursday, September 17, 2020, at Doey's House.

Born Tuesday, January 15, 1929 in Montclair, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Michael Morongell and the late Carmela (Squillante) Morongell.

She graduated from Montclair High School, Montclair, NJ in 1947.  She was employed with General Motors in Bloomfield, NJ as a Comptometer Operator (a comptometer was the first commercial mechanical calculator).  Dorothy was married to Robert L. Palla on June 11, 1949.  Bob always said that Dot chased him until he caught her.  After moving to Hagerstown in 1968 she worked at Routzahn's Department Store.  Dorothy was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas (where she served as Regent and Financial Secretary), Brightwood Acres Homemakers, Knights of Columbus Auxiliary, and Catholic Golden Age.  She also volunteered with the Washington County Hospital Auxiliary in the Gift Shop for a number of years.

Dorothy was a child of the Great Depression.  She grew up in a poor Italian neighborhood but her life was rich.  She lived it to the fullest and encouraged her children to do the same.  She had a good sense of humor and enjoyed playing practical jokes and pranks on friends and family.  Throughout her lifetime she had many dear friends including Jeanne Brown, a pen pal from the UK for nearly sixty years.  Dorothy will be missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her daughter, Carol Anne Kinsey of Boonsboro; three sons, Robert Louis Palla Jr. and wife Jenny of Middletown, Steven Michael Palla of Hagerstown, Michael John Palla and wife Cheryl of Littlestown, PA; brothers, Michael Morongell and wife Mary and Louis Morongell; three granddaughters, Bethany Gail Starliper, Courtney Michelle Miller and husband Cameron, Elizabeth Ann Palla; and great-granddaughter, Nicole Marie Starliper.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Louis Palla, her sister, Marie Kaminsky and husband John, her sister-in-law Marie Morongell, her son-in-law Ronald Kinsey, her niece Lynn Morongell, and other loved ones.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, September 24, 2020, at 10:00 am, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 224 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, MD, with the Rev. Joseph Langan as celebrant. 

Family will receive friends at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD, Wednesday, September 23, 2020, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Interment will be at the Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown, MD.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church, 224 W. Washington St. or St. Mary's Catholic School, 218 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Online condolences may be expressed at 


Guest Book

So Sorry i couldnt make wendsday night. Your mom was a doll.

Martinsburg, WV

We are so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Palla was always so hospitable. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Nicole & Dean Wheeler

Nicole & Dean Wheeler
Nashville, NC

Jenny & Bob My condolences on the passing of your beloved Mother. My own mother-in-law was Mom to me, so I know you'll miss her Jenny. Grafted family and friends are often bonds as strong as blood. I pray you will experience God's comfort in your grief. Your friend, Diana

Diana Putman
Frederick, MD

Sending our deepest sympathy and love to the family. We'll always remember seeing her at the family reunions and having the chance to visit and catch up on how our families were doing. She always had a smile and was a great person inside and out. She will be greatly missed by all that knew her.

Bill & Kathy Miller
Linden , NJ

I will always have wonderful memories of Mrs. Palla. I got to know her through her son, Bob, when we were in High School together. Mrs. Palla always had a smile to give and was so much fun to be around. She had a great sense of humor and a huge heart. I will certainly miss Mrs. Palla and always will have the fondest of memories. My condolences to all her family and loved ones. God Bless you, Mrs. Palla.

William B. Dacier
Phoenix, AZ

Dear Bobby Palla and Family, Sorry for your loss and your family is in our thoughts and our prayers. Love, Robert and Audrey Nowalk and Kathy and David Blackmon

Audrey and Robert Nowalk
Rocky Mount, NC

Dear Bob, We are very sorry for the loss of your mother. Our sympathy and prayers are with you, Jenny and your family. John and Terrie (Karn) Angle

Terrie Karn Angle
Hagerstown , MD

Dear Bob and Jenny sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you both and your family.

Daynah Kendall Cataldo
Woodsboro , MD

I think of all the wonderful memories we shared in our life time. We were truly blessed. You are now at peace with the Lord, Mama, Bob and all the family. Lynn needs a good story. Will miss you and your humor. Until we meet again, know that I will always love you. Your Brother Mike

Michael A Morongell
Belvidere, NJ

Dear Jenny and Bob and your entire family, Our prayers and condolences go out to you as you face this loss. It sounds as if Dorothy had a long life and it was well lived. But still having lost our moms, we understand your pain. Cindy and Skip Kauffman

Cindy Kauffman
Boonsboro, MD

My condolences to Michael, Bobby, Steven, and Carol. We all loved aunt Dot dearly. Much like her brother, she had a great sense of humor and everyone always enjoyed being in her warming presence. I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to see her over the last few years. She lived a long and fulfilling life, had a beautiful family, and I am sure she has found peace at rest.

Alex Hiznay
Philadelphia, PA

Bob and Carol. Sorry to hear about your mom passing away. I didn’t know her , so about the only thing I can say is sorry for your loss. Marvin

Marvin Bower
Boonsboro , Md

Carol: We were sorry to hear of your mother's passing. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. I think of the old 6E crowd often. Take care and God bless you and your family. Helen & Butch Myers

Helen Myers
Hagerstown, Maryland

Prayers and Love during this very sad and difficult time.

Judi (Head) Rice
Hedgesville, WV

I knew Dot in two different ways. She and Bob were dear friends of my parents. They were all 4 very active in the K of C, traveling to Ocean City each year for the state conventions. The guys wore their tux’s , and Dot and mom got “all dolled up” in beautiful long gowns. Dot was even at my oldest daughter’s wedding. I knew the Pallas since the early ‘70s. My second relationship with Dot was as a Catholic Daughter. We worked together on several fund raisers, and she was an awesome helper at the “after funeral receptions”. Dot had more energy than I had, she was still going while I was resting!!! I will miss her sweet smile and caring presence. I am sure her rewards in heaven are plentiful!!!!!!! Love you Dot, Peggy

Peggy (Mackrell) Hurd
Hagerstown, MD

Prayers and condolences to the Family and Relatives of Dot. This sweet Lady will be missed. Let the Lord hold you in his loving arms...

Patricia Anne Rohrer
Greencastle, PA

I am so sorry for your loss. It is hard to lose your parents but you carry them in your heart each and every day.

Cynthia Shifler
Salisbury, MD

Mrs P will surely be missed. She has given me many wonderful memories of times at the beach house and holiday gatherings. What a gracious lady..RIP Love you!

Diana Richardson
Hagerstown , MD

My family became neighbors with the Pallas back in 1983. Growing up near Mrs. Palla was wonderful! She was always so kind and friendly! She gave my sister and I one of our first jobs -- to babysit her dog, Barney, when she went on vacation. One of the best parts of the job was that she always a had plate of DELICIOUS Italian cookies and treats for us! Even after I grew up, married, and moved into a place of my own I always knew that when visited my parents there would be a warm greeting from the Pallas. She will be greatly missed and our heartfelt condolences to the family.

Melinda (Cavil) Worden

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