In Loving Memory of Dorothy Mae Oram

October 02, 1926
Ellis, KS
February 01, 2018
Plantsville, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


Greenfield Hill Congregational Church

Memorial Service

1045 Old Academy Road,
CT 06824

Saturday, April 28, 2018 11:00 a.m.


Family Gathering


Project Learn

C/O Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport,
1718 Capitol Avenue,
CT 06604

Special Music Fund at Greenfield Hill Congregational Church

1045 Old Academy Road,
CT 06824

Dorothy Mae Oram

Dorothy M. Oram, age 91, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family Thursday, February 1, 2018 at Live Well in Plantsville. She was born October 2, 1926 in Ellis, KS to Russell and Ruth (Herbert) Schoenberger and lived there for her early childhood. She was predeceased by her parents and by her step-father, Andrew L. Mumaw. She was married August 31, 1947 at Parsons, KS to James E. Oram who predeceased her March 13, 2016. She is also survived by three beloved daughters, Susan L. Oram and her husband Arthur Krzyzewski of Chandler, AZ; Cynthia O. Lewis of Berlin and Elizabeth O. Caswell of Berlin. Predeceased by her granddaughter Skyler K. Caswell, she is survived by eight grandchildren, Megan L. Sellers and Lewis Lane, Nathan J. Sellers and his wife Alexis, Erin Kvist and Kevin Sellers and his wife Nicole all of Arizona; Brett Lewis and Meghan Brennan, Hilary M. Oziomek and her husband Mike, Courtney L. Bragg and her husband Mike and Jayce Caswell all of Berlin; eleven great-grandchildren, Cameryn and Kyle Kisthardt of Gilbert, AZ; Jeffrey, Nicholas, Beckett, Brynn and Lincoln of Gilbert, AZ, Madison, Caden and Grayson Kvist and Henry Sellers of Chandler, AZ. Addition survivors include her brother, Russell Schoenberger and his wife Jean of Emporia, KS, a sister-in-law, Betty Hazlett of San Antonio, TX and numerous nieces and nephews. Dorothy’s main interests were reading, sewing, knitting, bridge and travel as well as life-long volunteering in the interest of women and children. While living in Schenectady, NY she was a Brownie Scout leader for all three daughters, a church school teacher, PTA president and served on the board of the Schenectady YWCA. She was also certified as a teaching assistant by the state of New York. While living in Roanoke, VA she taught nursery school and took classes at the University of Virginia. In Nashville, TN, she mentored a child afflicted with Cerebral Palsy. At Greenfield Hill Congregational Church she served as Dogwood Festival tri-chair, church clerk, Women’s Guild chairperson, on the Board of Deaconesses and the Board of Deacons as well as teaching church school. For 26 years she had been associated with Project Learn, an inner city afterschool program for Bridgeport children, sponsored by the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport. She was a recipient of their “Good Neighbor” award. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Greenfield Hill Congregational Church and will be announced. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Project Learn, C/O Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport, 1718 Capitol Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06604 or the Special Music Fund at Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, 1045 Old Academy Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. For information or to offer an online condolence please visit

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  1. Hi Betsy, so nice of you to contact my mom about the loss of your mom. I’m very sorry for the passing of both your parents. Growing up next door to you guys was beyond neighborly. I still appreciate you letting me visit you at UCONN…almost 40 years ago! take care.