On June 15th, 2020, Elizabeth “Dolly” Ann Semonchick passed away in peace and grace. She was 85 years young and lived an extraordinary life. Dolly was born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania in 1935 to Michael and Martha Semonchick but was raised in her beloved New York City. If you knew her well, you knew how much she loved everything and anything New York and if you didn’t know, she would soon inform you. Later in life she relocated to South New Jersey to be closer to her sister. All who knew and met Dolly immediately adored her. Her “tell it like it is” persona made her a strong, determined and confident women. No obstacle presented to her in life could diminish her drive and damper her spirit. There were many instances that tried but she overcame them fearlessly. There was nothing better than acquiring an interesting story and engaging in deep conversation with Dolly. She was a fantastic listener and gave the most positive advice. She loved her social circle and friends dearly. As much as she spoke of her family or New York, she also spoke just as fondly of her wonderful friends in Cape May who surrounded her and supported her in her later years. Her friends became her extended family whom she adored and cherished until the very end. When it came to her family, in her eyes… her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and all extended family, could never do any wrong. She would defend any of them at any given moment in time. The devotion to her family was undeniable. She simply adored them to no end. In this life, Dolly held various jobs but the important job she had was being as a daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, great-aunt and passionate friend. She was feisty, passionate, caring and honest but most of all, she was loving. She was the first to send a birthday card, an anniversary card, a special occasion card, it didn’t matter the occasion. She made sure you were celebrated. She was always the first to call for any and all celebratory reasons. The thing with Dolly is that you always felt special and like you were her “favorite.” Therefore, all her family members speculate that each of them was the actual favorite when in fact; that was her greatest gift to us. She made us all feel that we were the favorite, no matter what. The gift of making everyone feel extremely special in this life was truly the best gift she could ever leave us. Dolly joins her two oldest daughters (Lynnette and Kimberly) along with her beloved sister, Madonna and parents in the afterlife. This reunion will bring so much joy that we will be able to feel the love of God smiling down upon us. It will most certainly be a celebration of love and a joyous family reunion she has been waiting for and speaking of for years. Dolly is survived by her two sons, Joseph (wife Dawn) and John Scali and by her youngest daughter, Jennifer Masino (husband Steve.) She is also survived by 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. And by her niece, nephew, great niece and nephews and a great grandnephew. A celebration of life service will be held in her cherished community of Osbourne Court in Cape May on June 29th at 1 pm. In remembrance, take this advice… Love one another. Continue to give the gift of love. Always make time for the ones you love. Always pick up that phone to call and say, “hello.” Do as Dolly would do and constantly make the people in your life feel as though they are the most special beings in the entire world. After all, this type of love is the greatest gift you could ever give and receive. “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal." “Death is nothing at all I have only slipped away to the next room. I am I and, you are you. Whatever we were to each other, That, we still are. Call me by my old familiar name. Speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference into your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes, we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without effect. Without the trace of a shadow on it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same that it ever was. There is absolute unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you. For an interval. Somewhere. Very near. Just around the corner. All is well. Nothing is past; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before only better, infinitely happier and forever we will all be one together with Christ.