The Alfred Vail School in Morris Plains is mourning the loss of 2nd grade teacher Denise Dooling Payne,
who died on Thursday. She was 62.
A viewing is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, from 4-8 pm at the Dangler Funeral Home, 600 Speedwell Ave., Morris Plains. A service will follow from 8 – 9 pm at the funeral home. From the Alfred Vail Home and School Association:
Mrs. Payne’s family is establishing a memorial fund in her name, to benefit needy children in the Morris School District, primarily those at Alfred Vail. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to this fund. Checks should be made out to AVS HSA/Mrs. Payne Memorial Fund and can be sent directly to the school.
Born in Morristown, Denise graduated from Morristown High School, attended the County College of Morris and Newark State (Kean University), and earned a master’s degree in education from Seton Hall University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Before becoming a teacher, Denise worked at the Morris County Public Library and the County College of Morris, where she was Assistant Director of Admissions. From her obituary:
Later in life Denise found her true passion when she became a 2nd grade teacher at the Alfred Vail School. Denise truly loved every child and believed every student deserved a chance at success. She worked tirelessly to help students reach their full potential through poetry, art and plays. She cared for and inspired countless children who passed through her classroom over the last 13 years where she shared her life and personality.
Denise is survived by a son, Sean, and her husband Harold; brothers John “Jay” and Michael “Mickey” Dooling and sisters Debra Sherman and Deirdre Dooling.