Dorothy Rogers Zippe, 102, homemaker, secretary

May 31, 2004

Dorothy Rogers Zippe, a homemaker and secretary, died of pneumonia May 24 at Sunrise Senior Living in Severna Park. She was 102 and a longtime Grasonville resident.

Dorothy Rogers was born in West Baltimore. Her father made wooden molds for railroad wheels. In 1924, she married David Dunker, a World War I Navy veteran who co-owned Dunker Brothers Ice Co. in Glen Burnie.

The couple lived in Glen Burnie and had two children. Mr. Dunker died in 1950.

In 1964 she married John Brunner, a retired milkman. The couple lived in Grasonville. Mr. Brunner died in the 1980s. She later married Victor Zippe. He died within a few years.

Mrs. Rogers Zippe enjoyed cooking and looking after her family, said her daughter-in-law Doris Dunker of Severna Park.

She also enjoyed reading, mostly romance novels. She was an avid pinochle player and played into her 90s.

After her first husband died, she worked for several years as a secretary at a Baltimore insurance company.

In later years, she joined the Island Idlers, a Grasonville senior group, and took up duckpin bowling.

Mrs. Dunker said her mother-in-law was always "prim and proper." On family trips to Ocean City in the 1960s, she insisted on wearing a hat and gloves.

Services were Friday.

She is survived by two children, Donald Rogers Dunker of Severna Park and Ruth Dunker Strack of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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