Dorothy Terranova

Obituary of Dorothy Terranova

Dorothy Susan Terranova, 89, of Annapolis, Maryland passed away on December 28, 2017.  She was born on July 26, 1928 to Howard Lloyd McCurdy and Rose Fogel McCurdy.  Born and raised in Queens, NY, she graduated from Far Rockaway High School and attended Beaver College (now Arcadia Univesity) in Pennsylvania.  After leaving Manhattan, New York City, in 1965, Dorothy lived in Wyckoff, NJ for 46 years where she and her husband Frank raised their four children.   Dorothy and her husband moved to Maryland in 2011 to be near their family.

While in Wyckoff, Dorothy was an avid gardener and a member of the Wyckoff Garden Club for over 35 years.  As a member, she served in a variety of board positions including several terms as President.  Dorothy also was the librarian for the Ridgewood News for a number of years.

Dorothy is survived by her husband of 64 years, Frank John Terranova of Annapolis, MD; her daughters Susan Terranova of Arnold, MD, Beth Terranova of Annapolis, MD, Patricia Terranova of Arnold, MD, and Cathy Terranova of Annapolis, MD; four grandchildren: Christina of Catonsville, MD, Shannon of Burke, VA, Frank, stationed in Ramstein, Germany, and Patrick of Baltimore, MD; and three great-grandchildren: Logan, Abigail, and Mason.

Visitation will be held at Vander Plaat Funeral Home (, 257 Godwin Ave., Wyckoff, NJ on Friday, January 5th from 10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. with funeral services immediately following at the Maryrest Cemetery Chapel, 770 Darlington Ave. Mahwah, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dorothy’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY, 10001 (or on-line at, or the American Cancer Society, PO Box 42040, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123 (or on-line at