Watch video: 81-year-old comic Dottie Casper
Before she took the stage with a cane and dark cataract sunglasses and a tube of K-Y Jelly as laugh props, before she was voted "Tampa Bay's Funniest Person" at age 80, Dottie Casper was a by-the-book mom whose children weren't always laughing. It was Miami in the 1950s and '60s.
Her husband, Mark Casper, was a divorce lawyer. Her first-born daughter, Susie Cano of Tampa, recalled a strict upbringing, and a parenting script that often came to this: "I'm your mother, and I said so."
Dottie Casper died Sept. 28 in her Northdale home. She was 83. She had been diagnosed with leukemia a year ago, her family said.