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Dorothy I. Gillen

Dorothy I. Gillen, age 93, of Metamora, Ohio, entered peacefully into eternal life Monday morning, June 15, 2015, at the Swanton Health Care and Retirement Center. She was born May 29, 1922 in Delta, Ohio to Roy and Viola (Allen) Casler. On February 15, 1947 she married Maynard “Shorty” Gillen and he preceded her in death on July 3, 2001 after 54 years of marriage.

Dorothy was a homemaker, dedicating her life to raising her family; and remembered as a quiet, gentle woman who always greeted you with a smile. She was a faithful member of Holy Trinity Catholic Parish at Assumption and a life member of its Altar-Rosary Society.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Daniel Gillen (Roger Smith), Randal Gillen, Peggy Shaffer, Ken (Jan) Gillen, and Gary (Lisa) Gillen; son-in-law, Charlie Tomanicek; grandchildren, Sarah (Adam) Foltz, Holly Hassen, Joel (Nicole) Hassen, Don Hassen, Ryan (Mardelle) Shaffer, Harmony (Chris) Sockman, Jacinda (Rob) Sayers, Shaun (Tyrah) Gillen, and Lydia and Grace Gillen; great-grandchildren, Emma, Parker and Grady Foltz, Gabrielle Hassen, Ryzek and Jaxon Shaffer, Schaefer and Quinn Sockman, Ashton, Levi, and Blake Sayers, and Brayden Gillen.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Maynard; son, Larry Gillen; daughter, Sally Hassen; infant twin sons; brothers, Charles “Buster” and Robert Casler; and sisters, Florence and Helen Casler.

Visitation will be held Thursday, June 18th from 2 to 8 pm at the Weigel Funeral Home in Metamora, where the Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Prayers will begin in the funeral home on Friday, June 19th at 10:00 a.m., followed by a Mass of Resurrection at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Assumption, with Fr. Michael Dandurand presiding. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Dorothy’s wishes were to donate to charities that support the poor and needy or Swanton Health Care Music and Memories Program in support of alzheimer’s and dementia.

Residence: Metamora, Ohio

Visitation: Thursday, June 18th from 2 to 8 pm at the Weigel Funeral Home in Metamora

Mass of Resurrection: Friday, June 19th at 10:30 am at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Assumption

Interment: St. Mary's Cemetery

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We were sorry to hear of Aunt Dorothy's passing. She and Uncle Shorty were my Godparents! You all have our deepest sympathy. We were out of town and unable to attend the services but we will keep you in our prayers. God bless!

Harry and Aggie Miller Jun 22 2015 12:00 AM

We were so sorry to hear of your mother's passing, Peggy. She was a lovely lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Jeri and Bill Riordan Jun 18 2015 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss. Dorothy liked it when I came in with the dogs. Peggy, I hope to see you soon at work.

Wayne & Kay Putnam Jun 18 2015 12:00 AM

Words are inadequate to express our deepest sympathy in the passing of Dorothy It was an honor and a privilege in having known her all these years. I know that Maynard, Sally and Larry were waiting by the pearly gate ready to hold her hand as she walked through . . . the dear Lord needed another angel. Her legacy knows no bounds. She will be greatly missed . . . . . . . .

Denise and Ron Desaulniers Jun 17 2015 12:00 AM

Peggy, so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. May many happy memories comfort you and you family in the difficult days ahead. Think of you often.

Kathy Bruner Jun 17 2015 12:00 AM

May God grant solace and comfort to all that mourn Dorothy. Daniel and Roger always shared such loving thoughts and stories about her. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Gillen family.

Carol Soucy Jun 16 2015 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear of your Mom passing. Our thoughts and prayers go to your family.

Bonne & ron Holdeman Jun 16 2015 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathies to Daniel and Dorothy's family & friends. May God give you the comfort and peace that you seek and may Dorothy's soul rest in peace.

Becky Wing Jun 16 2015 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about your mom.Thoughts and prayers sent your way

Marsha and Art Hassen Jun 16 2015 12:00 AM

We are so sorry to hear about Aunt Dorothy's passing. She was a wonderful caring person and she will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God Bless!

Lynn & Linda Casler Jun 16 2015 12:00 AM

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