Dec 11 2008

Dorothy Reitman

I am greatly saddened that we lost Dorothy Reitman last Saturday. She passed away peacefully at home in her sleep during the night.

Dorothy was well loved and I truly apologize if this is your first notice of this tragic news. I tried to contact everyone by phone before sending this out, but was unable to reach everyone.


Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 4, at the Paoli Presbyterian Church, 225 S Valley Rd

Paoli, PA 19301. The viewing is open to the public at 10 AM. The Funeral service will be at 11 AM. A luncheon at the church will follow the service. The funeral procession will depart the church at about 1 PM. The graveside rites will be at 2 PM at Westminster Cemetery on Belmont Avenue in Bala Cynwyd.

Here are some brief directions to the church.

From Route 30 in Paoli, take Route 252 South for about 7 tenths of a mile.


Get DirectionsRIGHT onto Waynesbourough Road, just before the Waynesbourough Country Club.

The church is about a half mile down on the right hand side of Waynesbourough Road.


Please feel free to call me if you have any questions, need better directions, or just want to talk. I keep my cell phone with me almost constantly, but I don’t always hear it when I get a call, so if you leave me a message, I will return your call asap.


Stephen V. Drehobl

Home: 610-489-4418

Cell: 610-653-4745


It is with sadness that I bring news of the passing this morning of Nidan, Dorothy Reitman.  I know she had corresponded with you on numerous occasions and she attended the Summer Training camp on two or three occasions. 

Although she was the oldest by age in our school, she exhibited a spirit that I have seen in few Kareteka over the years. When she started training 8 years ago she was a grandmother in her early 60’s. It was my pleasure and honor to watch her grow and develop over the past 8 years from a white belt to earning her Nidan two years ago.  Although she physically was not able to do many of the techniques some of us more agile practitioners perform with ease, she never let that stop her from trying.  Many times we would have to hold her back so as not to potentially injure herself!

Although she credited me with teaching her much about the practice and art of Uechi-Ryu, I think I was the one who learned as much or more from her.

She will be missed but not forgotten

Andrew Peterson

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