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Dorothy “Dotti” Buscemi Roberts

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Dorothy Roberts

Dorothy “Dotti” Buscemi Roberts, of Summerville, S.C., wife of Leonard M. Roberts, passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2020, at Summerville Medical Center. She was 80.

All services are private.

Dotti was born June 13, 1940, in Yellow Springs, daughter of the late John Francis Bittner and Vivian Donna Spencer Bittner. Dotti was a proud graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education.  She began her working career as an elementary teacher, moved on to a full-time mom and entrepreneur with her handmade Dotti Dolls business.  She was actively involved in the St. Joseph Cathedral Choir in Columbus, Ohio, as well as enjoying singing and dancing with Vaudvillities. Moving to Summerville, she and Len quickly made many friends, enjoyed attending the Summerville Orchestra and became involved with her church, St. John the Beloved Catholic Church. 

Dotti’s spare time was spent creating a multitude of personalized quilts for family and friends and listening to Len’s guitar playing. However, her favorite activity was spending time with Len, her kids, their spouses and all of her grandkids.      

Dotti was a wonderful wife, mother, “Nana” and friend to all.  She will be loved and sorely missed by all who knew her. 

Survivors include her husband, Leonard; children, Tom Buscemi, II (Karen), of Bloomingburg, Ohio, John Buscemi (Mohammed Alabbas), of Dayton, Tony Buscemi (Megan), of Columbus, Lisa Hilliker (Chad), of Loveland, Ohio, and Kevin Roberts (Charnett); nine grandchildren, John Buscemi II (Kayti), Annie Buscemi, Brooke Buscemi (Josh Thompson), Tara Buscemi, Jacob Hilliker (Mary Taylor), Ross Buscemi, Joe Hilliker, Ellie Hilliker and Violet Buscemi; one great-grandchild, Kalen VanBourgondien; four sisters, Carolyn Dunn (Paul), Martha Anthony (Paul), Barb Moody (Dan) and Marilyn Bittner; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and many friends.

A memorial message may be written to the family at Arrangements entrusted to James A. Dyal Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John the Beloved Catholic Church, 28 Sumter Avenue, Summerville, SC

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2 Responses to “Dorothy “Dotti” Buscemi Roberts”

  1. Jem Filler says:

    Farewell, Dotti.

  2. theresa katon says:

    I was so sorry to here of Dotti’s passing. We were in high school together sharing 4-H and remembering that she loved to call the Squaring at dances. We went to St.Paul’s church and participated in many things together. I will keep the family and Dotti in my prayers.

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