Dorothy Mary Ulbrich Lassen (2/14/24-8/4/20) of Charlestown in Catonsville, formerly from Crofton, MD, passed away quietly on August 4 at the age of 96. She was the daughter of Richard C. and Agnes Piscotch Ulbrich. She lived in New York City, New Haven, CT, and Malden, MA, where she spent happy summers with her grandparents.
Dot (as she was known) graduated from high school in NY, and entered business school. She worked for a short time with a publishing company as the secretary to an editor at the company and helped to type up a textbook, of which she was very proud.
She married Edward Arnold Lassen on November 2, 1944, on the campus of Yale University while Ed was completing Officer Candidate School during WWII. Soon after, they moved to several locations around the country while Ed was serving in the Army Air Corps. She later returned to New York when she became pregnant with their first child, a daughter named Linda. She lived with her in-laws while waiting for her husband to return from the war.
Dot and Ed were reunited upon his return from the war, and had another child, a son named Peter. She cared for her toddler and infant children, while also caring for her mother who was very ill, while Ed was working full-time and going to college at night.
As housing became more available, Dot and her husband moved their family to Long Island. They settled in Garden City Park, and later had two more children, Barbara and Eric.
In 1969, Dot and Ed moved to Maryland when Ed was transferred to NASA in Greenbelt. They lived in Crofton for 38 years. As her two youngest children grew up, Dot began working at the Bowie Library for “fun money”, and worked in the library system for ten years.
She loved animals, and, except for when she lived at Charlestown, always had a dog as a companion.
Later in her life, Dot returned to the Baptist faith, and found great comfort in weekly services and Bible study. She was active in the First Baptist Church of Crofton, as well as the services and Bible study at Charlestown.
She moved to Charlestown in 2007, and lived in Independent Living for 11 years.
Her husband passed away in 2003. She is survived by her children Linda (Robert) Schubert, Peter (Nancy Sordi) Lassen, Barbara Lassen Purcell, and Eric (Erin) Lassen, seven grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
She will be buried next to her husband at the Crownsville Veterans Cemetery in a private interment. A celebration of life will take place later, when COVID restrictions have been lifted.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to:
The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) - https://www.apdaparkinson.org/
The Charlestown Benevolent Care Fund - https://ccicharlestown.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Donation-Form.pdf
Or an animal rescue of your choice
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National Parkinson Foundation
P.O. Box 5018 , Hagerstown, MD 21741,
Charlestown Benevolent Care Fund
719 Maiden Choice Lane, Baltimore MD 21228
Attention: Philanthropy Department