Kerry burial for tragic US Rose (27)
Published 05/04/2014 | 02:30
A FORMER Rose of Tralee contestant who died following a battle with illness will be brought "home" to Killarney to be buried with her sister who died while holidaying there three decades ago.
Though raised in the United States, Dorothy Henggeler's heart was always in her mother Eibhlin's hometown, which she visited every year.
The 27-year-old, who was known as Dott to friends, proudly returned to Co Kerry in August 2011 representing Washington DC in that year's Rose of Tralee International Festival.
She died at the family home in Baltimore on Thursday, surrounded by her family, a week shy of her 28th birthday.
Tragically, Dorothy's older sister, Treasa, died 30 years ago from meningitis when she was just two and a half while the family was visiting Killarney.
The sisters will now be laid to rest together in Aghadoe Cemetery.
A statement from her heartbroken family said: "Today our beloved Dorothy joined her sister Treasa in heaven.
"She was surrounded by her adoring family at home and passed away peacefully. We are so grateful for the 27 years of joy she brought to us."