MOUNT VERNON — Dorothy L. Steinmetz, 91, of Mount Vernon, passed away Feb. 24, 2011, at the Ohio Eastern Star Home.
She was born Dec. 2, 1919, in Lancaster and was the daughter of the late William and Jessie (Wisner) Gatton. Dorothy was a nearly lifelong member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and lived nearly all her life in Mount Vernon. She was a retired teacher of English and French for the Mount Vernon City Schools, where she taught for about 20 years. A graduate of Denison University with a major in French, she maintained a lifelong interest in foreign languages and travel, maintained correspondence with a pen pal in France from before World War II for over 60 years, and after retirement enjoyed trips to Europe until age slowed her. Golf was a favorite pastime, and she avidly followed national and world events and politics until the end. Spoiling her son’s dogs and those of other friends was another passion.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Barry and Petra Steinmetz of Naperville, Ill.; a half sister, Shirley Wisner of Jeanette, Pa.; a half brother, Lee (Mary) Gatton of Zanesville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Steinmetz, in 1981; and by a sister, Ruth Highnam.
Friends may call Sunday, Feb. 27, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Dilley-Lasater Funeral Home, 212 N. Main St., Mount Vernon, where funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Sharon Kiesel and Michael Padula officiating. Friends may also call one hour prior to services on Monday. Burial will follow in Hopewell Methodist Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dorothy’s name to The American Lung Association at http://www.lungusa.org/donate.
To express a condolence or share a memory with the Steinmetz family, please visit www.dilleylasater.com.