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John Doern, 83, Formerly Of Sleepy Hollow

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – John "Jack" Oliver Doern, a former Sleepy Hollow resident, died Oct. 18. He was 83.

He was born Oct 16, 1929, in Perth Amboy, N.J., the second child of J. Oliver “Ollie” and Helen Maple Doern. He grew up in Allentown, Pa., with his sisters, Jean and Barbara. He graduated from Blair Academy in New Jersey and earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania.

Doern then decided to pursue a career in advertising in New York City. He worked as a copywriter and creative director from the 1950s to the 1980s at David J. Mahoney Inc. and Compton Advertising, where he spent most of his career.

He retired as a senior vice president from Saatchi Saatchi Compton. His most notable contribution was the creation of "Josephine the Lady Plumber" for Comet Cleanser.

He married Alice Williamson Everett on April 16, 1956. She predeceased him in 1992. He was a member of the Community Opportunity Center, Friends of The Warner Public Library, Phelps Memorial Hospital and Tarrytown Historical Society.

Doern was active in the Rotary and Fortnightly Club. He was a longtime parishioner and vestry member of Christ Episcopal Church. He loved music and art and took up painting after he retired.

He is survived by four children, Julia (Andrew Zagoren) Doern, of Chatham, N.J., Amy Jean Doern, of Saratoga Springs, John O. (Theresa) Doern III, of Newtown, Conn., and James (Miriam Davis-Doern) Doern, of Saratoga Springs; a sister, Jean Doern Lieberman, of Macungie, Pa.; and four grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Alice; and a sister, Barbara Doern Wilt.

Visitation is 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Coffey Funeral Home in Tarrytown. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Christ Episcopal Church in Tarrytown. Burial will follow at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation , 20 Walnut St., Suite 318, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481, or Christ Episcopal Church.

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