March 27, 2018
On March 27, 2018, Dorothy Léonce Poplar Laplace passed away peacefully at her home in Cresskill, New Jersey at the age of 96. Her magic will be missed. Dorothy was the beloved wife of the love of her life -- Maurice Leonard Laplace, with whom she shared 51 years of marriage in Tenafly, New Jersey before his passing in 2003. She was an adoring and caring mother of Karen (Mohammid) Laplace-Higgins, Robin (Jimmy) Lehovitis and Lisa Laplace (Matthew) Smith and a proud and doting grandmother of Jennifer, Athina, Alex, Lauren, and Sofia. Her relationship to her best friend, Hilda Solworth, was as a “sister.” She was pre-deceased by her treasured parents, Agnes and Adam Poplar and son-in-law, Jean Claude Higgins. Dorothy was born in Millersville, Maryland and came to New York City, where she studied ballet with George Balanchine and worked professionally as a dancer and model. She first set foot on a Broadway stage as a chorus girl in George Abbott’s 1939 musical “Too Many Girls” with Desi Arnaz. Then came a mosaic of other chorus girl roles, including ones in Abbott’s “Pal Joey” with Gene Kelly and Richard Rogers’ musicals “By Jupiter” and “A Connecticut Yankee.” She also danced as a Rockette at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. After her performance days, she remained a lover and supporter of the arts. We will remember Dorothy’s larger-than-life personality, generosity of spirit, and love for her family. She will be in our hearts forever. Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial service on Monday, April 2, 2018 at 10:00am at Mount Carmel Church, 10 County Road, Tenafly, New Jersey 07670. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to: Interlochen Center for the Arts, Attention: Advancement/Interlochen Annual Fund, P.O. Box 199, Interlochen, Michigan 49643, tel: 231-276-7623.
On March 27, 2018, Dorothy Léonce Poplar Laplace passed away peacefully at her home in Cresskill, New Jersey at the age of 96. Her magic will be missed. Dorothy was the beloved wife of the love of her life -- Maurice Leonard Laplace, with... View Obituary & Service Information
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