UTICA — Dorothy Fink Stambaugh, 96, of Utica, died peacefully with family at her side on June 2, 2012, at the Knox Community Hospital, Mount Vernon, where she had been in palliative care following a recent decline in her health.
She was born Aug. 19, 1915, in Westmoreland County, Pa., to the late Charles and Minerva Kiebler Fink. She was one of eight children and the oldest of four daughters. She worked with her family on the farm and graduated from Greensburg (Pa.) High School in 1933. In 1935, she earned a teaching certificate from Lock Haven State Teachers College and began a career in elementary education. She then furthered her education by attending summer sessions at Duke University and at Pennsylvania State College, graduating in 1942 with a four-year degree in elementary education.
While at Penn State, she met Dean R. Stambaugh, of Landisburg, Pa., and they were married in 1946 in Greensburg. They moved first to New Jersey, where Dorothy continued her teaching career, then to Garden City, Long Island; Brecksville, Ohio; and Findlay, Ohio. She worked as a substitute teacher while raising her three sons. After Dean’s death in 2007, Dorothy made her home in Akron before moving to Utica.
A member of a Lutheran church for her entire life, Dorothy most enjoyed visiting with her family. She also enjoyed golfing, swimming and playing bridge, at which she excelled. She served as a Civil Defense block captain and a Cub Scout den mother, and she was active with her church’s women’s groups, the American Association of University Women, and the Fairlawn and Findlay country clubs. Dorothy also traveled extensively, visiting Israel, Egypt, Europe, Turkey, China, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and Central America; and sailed with family members on Lake Erie, the Erie Canal, the Inter-Coastal Waterway, the Caribbean, Panama Canal and the Pacific Ocean.
She was preceeded in death by husband, Dean; and son, Richard of Findlay; brothers, Glenn, Robert, Homer and Paul Fink, all of Salem Township, Pa.; and sister, Sara Jane Stoltz of Jeanette, Pa.
Survivors include sons, Robert (Barbara) of Utica and Alan (Karen) of Akron; daughter-in-law, Melinda of Copley, Ohio; grandchildren, Rhiannon (David), Corey (Sohee), Emily (Kevin) and Bradley; great-grandchildren, Rachel and Bailey; sisters, Isabel Jean Hochrein of Greensburg and Lois (Richard) Tyler of Depoe Bay, Ore.; and sister-in-law, Mildred of Easton, Pa.
Visitation is at the Barnhart Funeral Home, 505 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, on Wednesday ftom 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 246 S. Main St., Greensburg, on Thursday at 1 p.m. with burial at Westmoreland County Memorial Park.
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