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Dorothy Ann Schwaderer

December 4, 1925 — November 3, 2017

Dorothy Ann Schwaderer

Dec. 4, 1925 - Nov. 3, 2017 Dorothy Ann Schwaderer, one month short of age 92 years, died quietly in her residence in Cresson on Friday. She was born in Sankertown, to Calvin Charles and Mary Bridget (Durbin) Melhorn. In 1944, she married her high-school sweetheart and love of her life, John Frederick "Fred" Schwaderer, who preceded her in death nine years ago. Surviving are her loving children: Debra Susan Dunne and husband Vincent F., George Calvin Schwaderer and wife Susan, J. Fred Schwaderer Jr. and wife Dao Vo and Roseann Schwaderer and partner Linda Cook; eight grandchildren: Julie Hamilton, Bridget (Dunne) Chirico, Vincent F. Dunne Jr., Cassandra Dunne, George J. Schwaderer, Jacob Schwaderer, Leah Schwaderer and Gena Schwaderer; three great grandchildren: Sophia, Carsen and Poppy; and a brother, Robert Melhorn of Peru, N.Y.. She was preceded in death by two children: Judith Marie Hamilton in 1996 and Rebecca Jane Schwaderer at birth; and two sisters: Mary and Edna Mae. She was a graduate of Cresson High School. While lovingly raising five children she also worked outside the home at numerous Cresson businesses over the years, including James Drug Store, McCardle's Pharmacy, Wilk's Flower Shop and Sam's Market. Dorothy and her husband also briefly ran a coin-operated car wash and a Tastee Freez franchise in downtown Cresson. Once her children were out on their own she worked for a number of years as a caregiver to elderly women. Dorothy enjoyed taking care of her yard, reading, working jigsaw puzzles, playing cards and interacting with family. A woman of independent spirit and unlimited good cheer about life, Dorothy was proud of her age, and she was determined to live until death in the home that she and Fred built together in the early years of their marriage. By request of the deceased those wanting to offer condolences please make donations in her name to The Franciscan Friars, TOR, 788 Monastery Rd., Hollidaysburg, PA, 16648 or to their favorite charity. Arrangements are by Charles M. Kennedy Funeral Home, Cresson.
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