Dorothy L. Pittis, 96, died July 14, 2023. Born Dec. 5, 1926, in Neffs, Ohio, she graduated from Bellaire H.S. and entered nurses' training to become a WWII Navy Nurse. She did not have to serve active duty as the War ended. Dorothy passed away at her daughter's house in DeLand, Florida.
Dorothy (Gilham) was married to Richard A. Pittis for 43 years. She was preceded in death by Richard, who worked for R&F Coal. As a Registered Nurse, Dorothy enjoyed caring for newborns and new moms at Dennison Twin City and Ohio Valley General hospitals. She is survived by her three daughters: Cathy (Pittis) Recob-Cullen, Elkhorn, Wisconsin; Barbara (Pittis) Wulchak, DeLand, Florida, and Margaret Susan Pittis Sr. Miriam Elias, Carmelite Monastery, Traverse City, Michigan.
Dorothy loved to hear about her grandchildren and families: Richard and Tamara Recob's children Jasmine, Logan, Kaitlyn, and Macyn; great-great grandchild Harper Mae. Jonathan and Charlotte Recob's children Jonathan, Kayla, Cody Recob, America, Joshua, Isaac, and Michael Lavdas ; Sarah Wulchak and daughters Ember and Shimmer Kelly; and James Nicholas Wulchak.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father Zelda (Daily) and Ernest Gilham, a WWI veteran, her sister Mae (Nemetz) and Constanty Tyska, and her brother Donald Gilham.
Dorothy leaves behind her niece, Brenda (Volk-Elliot) Tarno and husband Will of Arkansas; Barbara's family of caregivers: Timothy W. Smith and son Timothy M., and her long-time neighbor and friend, Alice Ornouski-Waller of Unionport, Ohio.
Dorothy survived the Great Depression and WWII. She successfully navigated the early days of working women being professionals, and raising a family in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, while still growing vegetable gardens. Both Dorothy and Richard's ancestries go back to the Isle of Wight in England in the 1480's based on the Margaret Birney Pittis Genealogy of 1945.
The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 26, 2023, at the Clark-Kirkland-Barr Funeral Home in Cadiz, Ohio with Rev. Leslie Mahaney officiating. Burial will follow at the Cadiz Union Cemetery on Charleston Street. Friends may call one hour prior to the funeral service.
The memorial guestbook may be signed at www.clark-kirkland-barr.com.