Dorothy Haselton Chappell Mitterling
Departed on December 18, 2020 in Melbourne Beach, Florida
Dorothy Haselton Chappell passed away on December 18, 2020. She was born in Orlando, Florida on November 10, 1925 to Dr. John Rocher and Mrs. Dorothy Haselton Chappell. She was the eldest of three girls, with sisters Virginia Chappell Baker and Sherry Chappell Cooper. She attended Marks Street School, Cherokee Junior High and then graduated from Orlando High School in 1943. She attended the Florida State College for Women in Tallahassee. In 1945, she met and married Captain Robert (Bob) Ostrem Mitterling, an Army Air Corpsman who was stationed at Army Air Corp Airfield which is now Herndon Airport. They were married in St. Luke’s Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Orlando. Together they travelled extensively with assignments including Iowa, Texas, and Washington, D.C. where Bob was assigned to the Air Force Office of Atomic Energy. The family then received orders Montevideo, Uruguay. After four years, they returned to the U.S. and were stationed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. After Bob’s retirement from the Air Force, the family settled in Melbourne Beach in 1967.
Dottie was involved in many organizations throughout the community. In 1969, she became a founding member of the South Brevard Debutante Assembly Committee, an organization that recognizes young women in the community and promotes future leaders. She exemplified those qualities of volunteerism spending countless hours in supporting the Episcopal Church Women, the Holy Trinity Thrift Shop, the Junior League, the Saint Margaret’s Altar Guild and the Haven. Indialantic honored Dottie for her 50 years of service when she retired from the Deb Committee by declaring February 3rd, 2019 as Dorothy Chappell Mitterling Day.
Dottie loved sports, was an avid golfer, knew many fun facts about sports figures, and was up-to- date on current events. She was patriotic, a proud southern lady, and experienced a full life, with all the ups and downs. She was well travelled and well read. She had many long friendships that she cherished. She was Google before there was Google, earning the nickname “the walking encyclopedia.” Everyone fought over her as a team-mate in Trivial Pursuit. She adored her children and made a wonderful home for the family in Melbourne Beach.
She is predeceased by her parents, her husband, her son, Robert Chappell Mitterling, her sisters, Virginia Chappell Baker and Katherine Chappell Cooper. She will be forever missed by her daughters, sons’ in law and grand and great grandchildren, Christine Mitterling Yachinich, Dorothy Mitterling Figliolia (Tommy), Melinda Mitterling Higby (Mark) and Vicky Goff Mitterling, Mandy Alexander, Katy Zuniga, Ginger Jacinic, Carlton Higby, and Coulter Higby.
The four-legged members of the family will miss GeeDee as well. Her bed was the gathering place, as was the area beneath her seat at the table. She could always be counted on to share her meal. Friends and family also gathered in Dottie’s room to visit, sure to hear a great story about her travels, her history, her friends and her well lived life. “Look away, look away, look away Dixieland.”
A memorial service will be held on a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Melbourne, Florida.