Dorothy Lorraine <I>Hufford</I> Sokoloski

Dorothy Lorraine Hufford Sokoloski

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 21 Feb 1972 (aged 37)
Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Southmont, Cambria County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Overbrook 2 section; lot 613
Memorial ID 61224309 · View Source
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X-ray technician from early era

Dorothy was born to a German-Irish-American father and an Ojibwe Chippewa mother; she was one of three children born to Clarence Everett HUFFORD and Theresa Margaret LOCKWOOD. Dorothy's full-siblings were Clarence Jr. (b. 1933) and Delores (b. 1936, d. 1936). A maternal half-sister was born in 1937, born during her parents' marriage, but not fathered by her father. Dorothy also had five paternal half-siblings.

Dorothy's parents divorced before she was ten years old, and both parents remarried. Dorothy was raised Roman Catholic.

When Dorothy was 18, she got pregnant. On May 25, 1953, in Evangelical Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, she gave birth to a daughter. A private adoption was arranged. When Dorothy left the hospital, she handed her daughter to the adopting mother. Dorothy was named in the adoption decree signed by Judge Edmund JARECKI of the County Court of Cook County, Illinois, on December 10, 1953; docket number 147953.

It is believed that the father was a young military man stationed near Chicago, and that he was reassigned many miles away before he could have known that Dorothy was pregnant. There is DNA evidence suggestive of who the father was, but it has not been proven.

Ten months after Dorothy gave birth, she married Robert "Butch" CASPER. The wedding was at St. Roman's Catholic Church, in Cook County, Illinois. (NOTE: The man she married definitely was not the father of the child she birthed in 1953.)

Dorothy graduated from University of Chicago and was among the earliest x-ray technicians. She worked at the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans before moving to Hudson County, New Jersey. In New Jersey, she was chief technician at the Jewish Hospital and Rehabilitation Center. While there, she helped to create the Perlberg Radiology Department.

After moving to New Jersey, Dorothy divorced Butch, and the Catholic Church annulled the marriage. No children were born to the marriage.

She secondly married Francis "Frank" SOKOLOSKI. No children were born to the marriage.

Dorothy died of breast cancer, at age 37, when the daughter she had give up for adoption was 18 years old.

Dorothy's funeral Mass was at St. Casimir Catholic Church, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

More than 25 years after Dorothy died, Dorothy's daughter began hunting for Dorothy. Dorothy's story here and the accompanying photographs are the result of the efforts of her daughter.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Dorothy Lorraine Hufford Sokoloski (7 Aug 1934–21 Feb 1972), Find A Grave Memorial no. 61224309, citing Grandview Cemetery, Southmont, Cambria County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by AMB (contributor 46844067) .