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Dorothy Ann Zugelder

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Service: 10:30am Fri. June 22nd, 2018
Location: St. Raphael Catholic Church

ZUGELDER, Dorothy Ann (Yeazell), 91, of Springfield, passed away June 16, 2018 in Oakwood Village. She was born July 3, 1926 the daughter of William L. and Mary E. (Olds) Yeazell. Dorothy graduated from Olive Branch High School and later attended the Army Cadet Nurse Program. She grew up with Christ Episcopal Church, then St. Raphael Catholic Church when she married. Dorothy was very active in volunteer work, including being a lector and Communion distributor. She was a member of Church Women United who gave her an award and Rosary Altar Society. She was instrumental in starting a nursery during Mass, a volunteer at Interfaith Hospitality Network, Girl Scouts of America Troop Leader, Vice Regent then Regent of the Lagonda Chapter of the DAR, Historical Society, President of the Pennsylvania House and authored a book on the history of St. Raphael Catholic Church 1849-1979. She was married to and survived by her husband William Louis Zugelder; four daughters, Kathryn L. & Jimmy Stewart, Charleston, Illinois, Carolyn M. Geis, Houston, TX, Christine A. & Edward C. Zugelder-Morley, Houston, TX and Donna J. Scott, Houston, TX; grandchildren, Stephen & Gena Geis, Andrew Geis, Matthew Stewart, Greg & Lauren Geis, Alex Geis, Douglas & Meg Zugelder, Lauren (Alexander Bell, fiancé) McCord, Kenneth McCord II, Haley Scott and Lindsey Zugelder; great grandchildren, Elizabeth ,Charlotte and Everett and Harrison Geis, Cassidy and Embry Zugelder and special daughters, Connie Kearns and Paula Klontz Severs, Springfield. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother William O. Yeazell, three sisters Judith D. Yeazell Rodrigues, Sallie Jean Yeazell Ford, Mary Yeazell Staring, and several nieces and nephews. Dorothy was ecumenical to all people. She had a sense of social justice that motivated her every action. Her wisdom and candor were gifts she shared with all she met. All people merited her care and concern. She modeled what it means to grow old gracefully and with dignity. She loved indiscriminately and was loved. Perhaps the gift she is best loved for is her wicked sense of humor, which was razor sharp; even late in her dementia, you never knew what would come out of her mouth. She and her girlfriends sometimes referred to themselves as “The Hysterical Society”. Her hobbies, when she wasn’t volunteering, included reading, watercolors, watching late-night television, and spending time with her family and dear friends. She loved gardening, birds, and nature in general. Special thanks to Community-Mercy Hospice nurse Amy, hospice aids Stephanie, Ashley, and Tara. Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Thursday in the CONROY FUNERAL HOME. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Friday in St. Raphael Catholic Church. Burial will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to Community-Mercy Hospice.
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My condolences to the Zugelder Family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Dorothy was a good person and she worked with me years ago on projects for the church. She was wonderful and she will be missed. God bless you all. John Herzog

- John Herzog, Thursday June 21st, 2018

My thoughts, prayers and condolences to Bill, the Zugie sisters--Kathryn, Carolyn, Christine, and Donna, and extended family. I am certain Dorothy is catching up with Peg on all the latest, looking for Erma Bombeck and watching over all of you at this time. Dorothy was always a hoot! May God bless...

- Kevin McLaughlin, Thursday June 21st, 2018

My first memory of Dorothy is her getting off the bus that stopped right in front of my Grandmothers house on Lagonda at Warder St. She was laughing and giggling like the teenager she was in the late 1940's. I was about seven years old and I wanted to be a part of the fun. When she stopped laughing, she described how she paused in the doorway of the bus, to finish a conversation, and the driver closed the doors on her- actually she had a mark on her blouse where the doors contacted her. That first impression was a lasting one, of course. She was always the first and last to laugh at what life brings. All my memories of her are all treasures I hold dear. I'm sorry that Kitty and I can't make the trip to Springfield for the funeral or wake. God bless.

- Bob and Kitty Deady, Wednesday June 20th, 2018

Carolyn, I’m so sorry for your loss but what a full, wonderful life she lived. You and your family are in my prayers.

- Barbara Stultz Carrico, Monday June 18th, 2018

Always enjoyed talking to Dorothy at the Buckeye Wing reunions. A very elegant lady. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

- Susie Fairchild, Monday June 18th, 2018

Uncle Bill & Cousins, I am sure you are in a bit of a fog right now but be sure Aunt Dorothy has been welcomed in heaven. I have many memories including one of my earliest when I was left at Clifton Avenue home as a toddler when my parents and older siblings went vacationing. Aunt Dorothy discovered I was ticklish and took every opportunity to make me giggle even as I grew older. I always enjoyed her Waldorf salad that she bought to many family potlucks. I remember borrowing the aqua blue 1968 Chevrolet station wagon to triple date to a high school dance. I always tried to visit her when I returned to Springfield and on one occasion she was not at home so I went to see her at the Pennsylvania house where she was discussing the finer points of everything on display and asked the gentleman if there was anything else she could tell him about - at that point I interjected that he did not need to limit himself to things only in that room that she could help on any subject. We both got a big laugh out of that. I remember taking Dorothy & Bill to Young’s dairy for ice cream which we all enjoyed. Chris , Lindsey, and I will not be able to attend services but are hearts will be there.

- Paul Zugelder, Monday June 18th, 2018

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