Dolores Marie Hawk (nee Rickvalsky), age 85, passed away on Friday, July 13, 2018 at the John F. Keever Solace Center after a valiant battle against Alzheimer’s’.
Dolores was born on May 19, 1933 to the late Adam Rickvalsky and the late Juliana Rickvalsky (nee Urban) in Bayonne NJ as youngest of their nine children. She now joins her five brothers, John (Shadow), William, Joseph, Edward, and George and three sisters, Ann Karol, Marie Karol, and Margaret (Peggy) Mathus, all of whom predeceased her, in their heavenly home.
Dolly, as she was known to her friends, was active in her high school glee club and dance club. She passed along these joys to her only child, Cynthia, who was the center of her life.
Dolores’ ambitions though were to become an executive assistant in one of those big hi-rise office buildings in NYC, but other opportunities came about bringing her to begin her work with the Federal Government. Various locations within the Department of Defense in numerous accounting capacities became Dolores’ home away from home for 45 years. She retired from the Federal Government in July 1997.
Restless in her native NJ, she moved to Asheville to be closer to her daughter in December of 2000. Finding happiness in her new mountain home, she still found herself wanting more projects. At that point she became that long dreamed about “executive assistant”. But instead of a hi-rise in NYC, it was in her daughter, Cynthia’s business.
Dolores became the adopted “dance grandma” to many dancers as she assisted Mrs. Cynthia with the day to day operations of her dance studio, Idea Factory, Inc. This “original dance mom” will be missed by many.
Surviving Ms. Hawk are her precious princess bichon frise, Lyla; her daughter, Cynthia D. King (nee Hawk); son-in-law, Kevin R. King; and furry grandson, Quincy Nathaniel Phipps.