Dorothy Jessie Frey Rohman was born in Bergen County, New Jersey on April 9th, 1959 to parents Gustav and Dorothy Frey. Dorothy is survived by brother Gus Frey, husband Goran, and two daughters Ulrika (24) and Viktoria (18). Dorothy graduated from Bergenfield High School in 1977 and went on to study French Studies at Barnard College at Columbia University in New York City. Dorothy was awarded a Masters’ Degree from Rutgers University where she studied English as a Foreign Language. Dorothy moved to Gothenburg, Sweden in 1993 and worked as an ESL teacher. She introduced herself to a culture and language that fascinated her after hearing stories about her father’s parents who immigrated to the United States from Sweden. There she met her beloved husband, Goran in 1994 and soon after had her first child, Ulrika in 1995.
After spending a brief time in Bergenfield, New Jersey, the couple and young daughter moved to Greensboro, North Carolina in 1999 where Dorothy worked as a technical writer for Volvo Trucks North America. In 2001, Dorothy gave birth to beautiful Viktoria. Dorothy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003 and fought hard to beat it so she could be there for her two young daughters. After Dorothy’s first cancer diagnosis, she stayed home with her two daughters and was the backbone of the family. She provided her family with constant support and was always there for her girls. Dorothy was the proud dog mom of Biscuit, her beloved goldendoodle and canine friend.
In 2007 Dorothy was reintroduced to horses, an interest she shared with her father as a child. Dorothy began taking riding lessons and even bought her own horse, Chance, who she took incredible care of. In 2017 Chance went blind but Dorothy didn’t give up on him. She spent much of her time caring for him and found great comfort being in his presence during times of intense stress brought on by recurring cancer diagnoses.
Dorothy loved to spend summer vacations in Gothenburg, Sweden where her family has a summer house. She loved Scandinavian design and looking at architecture and home interior magazines. She also enjoyed looking in Swedish homewares boutiques and incorporating the styles into her own homes. Dorothy also loved being at the beach and watching the waves so she enjoyed spending time on Long Beach Island, NJ a vacation destination she often visited as a child. Dorothy was very active and enjoyed taking walks and being surrounded by nature with her family. Dorothy was an incredibly intelligent and empathetic woman, with a great sense of humor and warm friendliness. She was witty, an excellent writer and passionate about her interests. Dorothy was a wonderful role model to her two daughters and raised them to be strong and kind. She showed them what it meant to have a supportive and loving family and with her husband Goran, set a wonderful example for what to strive for when the girls start their own families. Dorothy dedicated her life to her husband, two children and maintaining her health. She was extremely resilient and strong even while enduring the unimaginable. Despite having cancer, Dorothy lived a happy life and tried to live as “normally” as possible, even when she was suffering. Dorothy kept a positive attitude and was determined to fight cancer as long as she could to be there for her family. Her family is extremely inspired by her strength and grateful for the loving years they had with Dorothy.