Dorothy Hotchkiss Haberl
Dorothy Hotchkiss Haberl

August 29, 1924 - May 12, 2017
Born in Binghamton. NY
Resided in Golden, CO


Dorothy Hotchkiss Haberl, 92, died Friday May 12th, in Wheatridge, Colorado. She was born August 29th, 1924 in Binghamton, New York.

Her mother was Elizabeth Spaulding Hotchkiss and her father was Edgar James Hotchkiss. Dorothy is survived by her sister, Barbara Hotchkiss Terry of Horseheads, NY; her four children: Judy Haberl (husband, Don Heiman) of Newtonville, MA, Jay Haberl, Jeff Haberl (wife, Sarah Haberl) of College Station, TX; Jennifer Metz (husband, Todd Metz) of Tabernash, CO; and by seven grandchildren: Kelly Birdsey, (husband, Jon Birdsey) of Golden, CO, Riley Heiman of Newtonville, MA, Rachel Metz of Fraser, CO, Tanner Metz (wife, Malena Metz) of Bozeman, MT, Michelle, Betsy and Catherine Haberl of College Station, TX; and one great grandchild, Nina Birdsey of Golden, CO.

Her husband of 54 years, Frank J. 'Bud' Haberl Jr. preceded her in death in 2001. Also preceding Dorothy was her sister, Betsy Hotchkiss Phillips; and brother, Edgar James 'Hockey' Hotchkiss of Binghamton, NY.

Dorothy was born and raised in Binghamton, NY. She attended Cornell University graduating with a degree in Hospital Diatetics in 1946. While at Cornell she founded and was captain of the first women's ski team, and was president of the Cornell Women's Athletic Association. She also sang with the Cornell Glee Club where she met Colorado native and husband to be, Frank J. 'Bud' Haberl, Jr. Bud and Dorothy moved to Colorado in 1947 after marrying and began their new family, eventually building their home in Golden.

Dorothy was a life-long athlete and passionate about many beloved activities including: tennis, skiing, hiking and camping with her family. She was a talented artist, whose artistic passion focused on rosemaling, a form of Norwegian folk painting. She loved painting ski helmets for friends, furniture, old skis and anything else not 'nailed-down'.

Dorothy was a keen investor, property manager and family manager. Her business sense, unending energy and caring nature led her to thrive in all areas of business and family alike.

Dorothy's life and legacy will be celebrated later this summer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dorothy's honor to:
Collier Hospice Center at Lutheran Medical Center
3210 Lutheran Parkway
Wheatridge, CO 80033

Please share your memories of Dorothy and condolences with the family by signing the guestbook below.



Funeral Home
Horan & McConaty - Federal
3020 Federal Blvd.
Denver, CO US 80211


Collier Hospice Center
3210 Lutheran Parkway
Wheat Ridge, CO US 80033