Dolores Jane "Dollie" Epstein, seamstress

Dolores Jane "Dollie" Epstein, a former office worker and master seamstress, died Monday of multiple organ failure at her Lutherville home. She was 79.

The daughter of an accountant and a homemaker, the former Dolores Jane "Dollie" Moeller was born in Baltimore and raised on Gibbons Avenue in Hamilton.

She was a graduate of Clara Barton Vocational High School, where she studied to become a master seamstress.

After her marriage to Robert I. Epstein, a mechanical engineer, in 1959, the coupled settled on Tunbridge Road in Homeland, where they raised their seven children.

From 1987 to 1995, Mrs. Epstein was an office worker at Greater Chesapeake Hand Specialists in Lutherville.

Mrs. Epstein was an active communicant of St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church in Govans, where she used her abilities as a seamstress to make garments for priests, slipcovers, draperies and dresses.

She had been a member and donated countless volunteer hours to the St. Mary's Govans Parents' Club and had been a member of the Cathedral Mothers' Bowling League.

Mrs. Epstein, who moved to Lutherville about five years ago, enjoyed playing cards, reading and "finding treasures at thrift shops," said a daughter, Susan Epstein of Monticello, Fla.

Mrs. Epstein donated her body to the Maryland Anatomy Board.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Monday at her church, 5502 York Road.

In addition to her husband and daughter, Mrs. Epstein is survived by three sons, Robert I. Epstein Jr. of Irvine, Calif., Mark Epstein of Conshohocken, Pa., and Stuart Epstein of Hydes; three other daughters, Mary Epstein Jackson of Perry Hall, Linda Praley of Severna Park and Dolores "Lori" Epstein of Florida; two brothers, Louis Moeller of Edgewood and the Rev. George B. Moeller of Timonium; a sister, Gerry Cioffioni of Towson; and 14 grandchildren.

An earlier version of this obituary inadvertently omitted the name of a survivor, a daughter, Mary Epstein Jackson of Perry Hall. The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.

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