HANCOCK - Dorothy Jean (Salani) Stewart, 67, formerly of Hancock, passed away on Friday, June 21, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Dorothy (Hartman) Salani; two brothers, Robert Salani (survived by Helen Maki Salani) and Louis Gene Salani (survived by Patricia Voss Salani).
"Dotsie," as she was known to everyone, is survived by her husband of 45 years, Todd Stewart; their daughter, Major Sarah E. Stewart-Abel, USAF; two brothers, Richard Salani (Marja Juntunen Salani) and Anthony Salani (Renee Schmitt Salani); and her sister, Mary Lou Braun. Her extended family includes numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
She was born in September of 1945 in Hancock, grew up in West Hancock, and graduated from Hancock High School in 1963. Following graduation, she worked for several years at the Cahodas and Paoli Company in Houghton.
She and Todd were married in March of 1968 and for 34 years, she supported and enabled his career as an Air Force officer. Together, they shared 13 military assignments at different locations in the United States and overseas.
Along the way, she earned a license as a cosmetologist and periodically worked and taught in that profession.
In 2008, Dotsie and Todd moved to their home on Portage lake, in the Bootjack area, where she loved working in the yard, doing a variety of crafts for which she had an amazing talent, and enjoying the company of her family and many friends.
She lived a life of service to her family, friends and community and eagerly extended a helping hand to those in need.
A memorial service to honor Dotsie's life will be held at 3 p.m. in the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hancock on Saturday, July 20. Visitation with the family will begin at 1:30 p.m. A reception at the church will follow the service. Interment will be in the Arlington National Cemetery on August 14th.
In lieu of flowers and to honor Dotsie, contributions may be made to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (14 Pennsylvania Plaza, Suite 1710, New York, NY 10122) or to the Copper Country Humane Society.