Dorothy M. Sterling

1931 - 2019

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Dorothy M. Sterling, 88, of Findlay passed away at Birchaven Village on Saturday, September 21, 2019. She was born on July 13, 1931 in Delphos, OH to the late John B. and Ida (Hempfling) Falter. She married Edward L. "Red" Sterling on July 26, 1950 and he preceded her in death on December 22, 2005. She is survived by four sons: David W. (Deb) Sterling of Golfport, MS, Edward L. (Eden) Sterling, Jr. of Cincinnati, Andrew (Belinda) Sterling of Findlay, and Daniel C. Sterling of Arlington; daughter, Kathy L. Pressnell of Indianapolis, IN; ten grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Ronald C. Falter of Columbia, SC; and two sisters: Helen G. Rahrig of West Palm Beach, FL, and Vera F. (Barry) Stokes of Barefoot, FL. Three brothers: Richard J. Falter, Joseph J. Falter, and Father John F. Falter; and a sister, Mary T. Grewe, also preceded her in death. Dorothy retired as an RN at Blanchard Valley Hospital. She was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, where she formerly served as a lector and C.C.D. instructor, and sang in the choir. Dorothy enjoyed art, oil painting, gardening, traveling, and watching her sons' and grandchildren's sporting events. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30am on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, downtown, with Father Kyle Gase officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00pm Wednesday at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME where the Rosary Service will begin at 7:30pm. Memorials can be directed to St. Michael Parish and online condolences can be shared by visiting

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Wednesday, September 25th 2019 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

  • Mass of Christian Burial:

    Thursday, September 26th 2019 - 10:30 AM

  • Service Location:

    St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church (Downtown) [Map]
    617 West Main Cross Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    St. Michael Cemetery [Map]
    932 W. Main Cross St
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

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To : Ed and family
Date :Monday, September 23rd 2019
From : Laura Wittenmyer Rice
Ed - I am so sorry to hear about your mother's passing. We will remember you in our prayers.

To : Andy
Date :Monday, September 23rd 2019
From : Mary Weissling Ingram
So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. My dad sang with her in the choir at St. Mike's and I remember her when I was growing up. Such a sweet lady. Thinking of you and your family and keeping you all in my prayers!

Mary(formerly paint dept Lowe's)

To : Sterling family all
Date :Tuesday, September 24th 2019
From : Susan Fox and family
Dear friends in Christ,
All of you are certainly in our thoughts and prayers.
Dot was always such a witness of faith, a gentle woman who shared loving kindness with all. We were all richer for having known her. She will be missed, now at peace
May the peace of Christ be with all of you
Love and prayers,
Susan Fox and family

To : DaveDeb Sterling family
Date :Wednesday, September 25th 2019
From : Donna Lichtle
I’m thinking of you all during this time.
I was sorry to hear of Dot’s passing but happy to know she’s in heaven reunited with Red and everyone that’s passed before her. Wishing everyone comfort and peace these next few days and always.

Love Donna