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Dorothy R. Heitzenrater 1940-2020

WARREN — Dorothy R. Heitzenrater, of Warren, passed away peacefully at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at the Hospice House. She was 80.

Dorothy was born June 30, 1940, in Punxsutawney, Pa., a daughter of the late Luther Lloyd and Eleanor Leona Haddick Smith.

Dorothy was a 1958 graduate of Punxsutawney High School and worked at Sports Wear as a seamstress. She moved to Warren in 1965 and worked at Packard Electric for a while.

She married Eugene L. Heitzenrater on Oct. 23, 1965. They shared more than 54 years of marriage. She was a loving housewife.

Dorothy was a member of the Howland United Methodist Church, where she was a regularly active member and loved working on the church garage sale. She was a talented seamstress and enjoyed creating wonderful quilts and crafts. She was passionate about tending to her flowers. She cherished her time seeing the world with her husband and taking pictures of their adventures. She appreciated the simple things in life, and with her camera capturing those moments in nature around her. She loved building snowmen and created one whenever the weather allowed her to. Her greatest joy was being surrounded by her family and friends who will miss her dearly.

Memories of Dorothy will be carried on by her husband, Eugene; a son, Brent; her brother, Donald Smith of North Royalton; sisters, Louise (Gene) Philippi of Rochester Mills, Pa., Eleanor Kauffman and Margaret Painter of Punxsutawney, Pa.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Donna (Larry) Johnson; and her parents.

Contributions can be made “In loving memory of Dorothy Ruth” to the Howland United Methodist Church or Hospice of the Valley.

Friends and family may view the obituary and send condolences by visiting www.NicholasFuneralHome.com.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, at the Howland United Methodist Church, 730 Howland Wilson Road NE, Warren, OH 44484. A memorial service will follow at noon with the Rev. Matt Darrin at the church.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Wm Nicholas Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 614 Warren Ave., Niles, OH 44446.

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