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Dorothy (Koval) Horan

August 30, 1927 ~ January 4, 2023 (age 95) 95 Years Old


Dorothy Horan (Koval), 95, of Prospect, passed peacefully from this life in the comfort of her home on Wednesday, January 4, 2023. Dorothy is predeceased by her husband Thomas F. Horan, Sr., and her son, Robert E. Horan. She was born in Waterbury on August 30, 1927 to the late Michael and Anna (Cehunka) Koval.

Dorothy attended Wilby High School and graduated from The Waterbury Hospital School of Nursing. She had a warm heart and was a nurse for many years, having worked at Waterbury Hospital and Uniroyal in Middlebury. She grew up as a member of the Saint Mary’s Orthodox Church in Waterbury and later St. Anthony’s Church in Prospect.

After Dorothy retired, she remained active, and enjoyed traveling, reading, doing word puzzles, cross stitching, and needlework. She loved sitting on her deck watching the birds and clouds, and also caring for her flowers. She was very holistic and spiritual and enjoyed the celebrations of her large family.

Left to cherish Dorothy’s memory are her three children: Thomas F. Horan, Jr. (Jill) of Prospect, Michael K. Horan (Christine) of Florida, and Elizabeth Horan of Brookfield; her six grandchildren: Lindsey Gwilt and James Fellenstein, Michael, Caitlin, and Christopher Horan (and their mother Coleen Horan Madden), Melissa Horan (and her mother Lisa Casey Horan); and her two great-grandchildren: Elliott and Sage Gwilt.

She will also be missed by her many nieces and nephews:
Lori Misura, Ellen Misura Capone, Cynthia Koval, Thomas Kema (Sue), Deborah Koval, and Linda Barry; and her great-nephews: Alex Misura and Jordan Capone; as well as her very good, dear friends Kathy Christiano (Jim) of Prospect, and Martha Michaelwich (Michael) of MA.

Dorothy is predeceased, also, by her seven siblings: Mary (Koval) Wabuda, Al Koval, Ann Koval, Helen (Koval) Taylor, Michael Koval, George Koval, and Lillian (Koval) Misura; and several nieces and nephews: John Taylor, Margaret Taylor, Kenneth Koval, Lauren Chase, Michael Koval, June Kimball and Gary Koval; and also Joey, her favorite dog, who brought her much happiness.

In lieu of flowers please send any donations to The Meriden Humane Society (

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at a later date. Prospect Memorial / The Palmerie Family Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the Horan family. You are invited to share a fond memory, photo and words of comfort for Dorothy's family on her Tribute Wall on this website.


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