Dorothy Betty Gold Zalkin

dorothy betty zalkin

January 8, 1931 ~ January 27, 2022

Born in: Bronx, NY
Resided in: Asheville, NC

In loving memory of Dorothy Betty (Gold) Zalkin, who passed away at the age of 91 in Asheville, North Carolina, after a sudden illness.

Dorothy was born in Bronx, NY, to the late Harry and Clara (Steinberg) Gold. She was raised in New York City, spending summers working at her parents’ New York Catskill Mountain resorts, until moving permanently to Woodridge, NY, upon her marriage to Jack Meyer Zalkin. Jack and Dorothy were former owners of Zalkin’s Birchwood Lodge, however their pride and joy was the development of Birchwood Acres Campground, later franchised as Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, in Greenfield Park, NY. While the resort was later managed by family, Dorothy worked there every summer up to the age of 83, when the resort was sold. Dorothy wintered for many years in Florida, and her Weston, FL, condo was her permanent home until 2021, when she moved to Asheville, NC.

Dorothy loved and was generous to her family, children Cari and Michael, daughters-in-law Hannah and Martha, grandchildren Gabriel and Andrea, and great-grandson Hudson. When they were small, she took her grandchildren on trips far and wide, spoiled them and taught them values. There were no greater friends to her than sister-in-law Peggy Gold and Eileen Krieger. She was a friend to many, was an excellent listener and greatly admired. She was a smart, successful and astute businesswoman who was greatly appreciated and respected by her customers. Her business was a labor of love.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her father and mother Harry and Clara Gold; husband Jack Zalkin, who was the love of her life; siblings Murray Gold and Seena (Gold) Nelson, sister-in-law Peggy Gold, niece Debbie Gold, and nephew Charlie Nocella. She is survived by daughter Cari and son Michael, daughters-in-law Hannah Patenotte and Martha Zalkin, grandchildren Gabriel Zalkin, Andrea Zalkin and fiancé Sean Engvold, great-grandson Hudson Massey, nieces and nephews Vicki Stremus, Paula Gold, Tommy Nocella, Frank Nocella, Bobby Gold, Marc Nelson, Tiffany Gold and beloved Krieger children Billy and Marci.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Groce Funeral Home, Asheville NC and Schoem’s Funeral Home, Paramus, NJ.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Sorry for your loss. Jane, Bonnie and Gary (and their children Lindsay and Steven, son, Benjamin, Adam and Sage) Lisa and Bill (and their children Carly, Sydney and Chloe) Jamie and Michael (and their children Zachary, Jake and Tyler) all send their condolences

  2. Heartfelt condolences to you Michael, and to Martha, Gabriel and Andrea, on the passing of such a lovely woman. Thinking of you all, and sending love and comfort all around. 💔. Cindi

  3. Condolences on the loss of such a loving women. Dorothy opened her heart to everyone she met. She will be missed and remembered.

  4. I don’t have the words that say how sorry I am for losing Dorothy. My love and support to you all. Jackie

  5. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to the entire family specially Michael, Martha, Andrea, Gabriel. Dorothy was a classy lady. RIP.

  6. Thank you Dorothy, for in your lifetime helping to create my mother’s fondest memories in her lifetime, Zalkins. From the camp up the hill, to the Renchler Room shows, to the music at the pool, to the mock shrimp in the kid’s dining room, to Sexy Alex, to the rowboats on the lake where my mom would wait excitedly for my dad to shlep up from New York every Friday so he could row her out and just float along still madly in love. My mom, same age as Dorothy, also passed this year, but never forgot her summers at Zalkins. I still recall the loud speaker’s rythmic callings….Joan Cohen, telephone……Beverly Bloom, go to your room… mom was Beverly. Rest In Peace, Dorothy, in a heaven I can only imagine is a 1960s resort in the Catskills.

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