Dorothy Theresa Hess

1931 - 2018

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Dorothy T. Hess, 87, of Findlay and formerly of Elyria, passed away at 11:45 p.m., Thursday, December 20, 2018, at the Ohio Veterans Home, Sandusky, OH. She was born on November 24, 1931 in Somerville, Massachusetts to the late James and Mary F. (O'Donoghue) Regan. She married Walter J. Hess on August 20, 1955, and he preceded her in death on October 31. 2012. Dorothy is survived by her five children: Theresa (Tim) Thomas of Berkeley, California, John Hess of Columbus, Ohio, Peter (Barbara) Hess of Tampa, Florida, Paul (Julie) Hess of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Kathleen (Todd) Beitzel of Van Buren, Ohio; her grandchildren: Maureen (Muniru) Hess, Jon Hess, Dr. Megan (Keenan) Early, and Matthew (Devon) Early; and a great-grandchild, Aria Akinkuolie. Dorothy was a graduate of Holy Cross High School in Newton, Massachusetts, and then Regis College in 1953, with her degree as a Dietician. She was a U.S. Army Veteran from 1953-1955, where she was a 1st Lieutenant. She was a former substitute teacher for St. Mary's in Elyria. Dorothy was currently a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Findlay and a former member of St. Jude's Catholic Church in Elyria. She had also worked at the Neighborhood House in Lorain. Dorothy loved the nurses and staff at the Sandusky Veterans Home and the family is grateful for all they did for their mother. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 2, 2019, in the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman, Ohio, where full military rites will be conducted. Arrangements have been entrusted to COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Findlay. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be expressed at

Service Information

  • Graveside Service:

    Wednesday, January 2nd 2019 - 11:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery [Map]
    10175 Rawiga Road
    Rittman, OH 44270

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