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Fred Dotzel

August 19, 2022

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Fred Dotzel

August 19, 2022



Fred Dotzel, 71, of Bear Creek passed away August 19, 2022 surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Wilkes-Barre Township, he was the son of the late Fred Dotzel Sr., and Regina Lavan Dotzel.


He was a 1969 graduate of Wilkes Barre Twp.  Fred was U.S. Marine veteran serving during Vietnam. Fred was a self-employed contractor owning his own business, Dotzel Painting.

Fred enjoyed many hobbies.  He was a great outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and especially fishing. He was always there to lend a hand for family and friends.  Everyone who knew Fred, has a great story to tell about him. Those who stay behind will remember a larger-than-life personality who can tell a story like no other.

He will be sadly missed by his wife of 50 years, Joan Florek Dotzel and his two children, Joanna Dotzel Bear Creek and Kerri Orzechowski and husband Robert Hanover Township, two grandchildren, Kailey and Alicia Orzechowski Hanover Township.

In addition, Fred is survived by all 9 of his siblings Kathleen Knight and husband Tim, Lake Granbury Texas, Jean Zimmerman Plains, Angela Naperkowski and husband Jerry Wilkes Barre Twp, Maureen Savner and husband, Don, Mountaintop, Margaret Dotzel and husband Eric Mogilnicki, Chevy Chase, Maryland, Bill Dotzel and his wife Joan, Wilkes Barre Twp, Colleen Pomfret and husband Doug, Dallas, Michael Dotzel and his wife, Michelle, Wilkes Barre Twp, Eric Dotzel, Bethlehem.  He also has over 30 nieces and nephews and an equal number of great nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday at 7:00 P.M. at the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, with Deacon William Behm officiating.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 4:00 P.M. until time of service.

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