Dorothy M. Whitnight


Dorothy May Whitnight, of Avon Lake, Ohio, born February 22, 1929, lived an amazing 93 years, and joined her beloved husband, Richard A Whitnight, in heaven on July 29, 2022.  She and Richard were married over 71 years.  Together, they have a son Keith Whitnight and daughter Karen (Glenn) Schneider.  Their grandchildren are Tiffany Lisle (Richard), Kathleen (Chris) Falco, and Aaron and Alyssa Schneider.  Their great-grandchildren are Richard Arlen, Benjamin, and Kathrine Lisle, and Nicholas, Dean, and Joey Falco.  Dorothy adored and cherished her 3 great great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, her sister-in-law Carole Katrenick, and her 3 best friends from childhood.  Dorothy was known for loving her family and friends first, showing the utmost kindness, care, and loyalty to everyone.  Even the neighbors and mailman were considered family to her!  To everyone, she was Grandma or Nana and all were welcome in her home.

Dorothy and Richard lived through 9 decades of time, where anyone loved hearing their stories from the Depression, WWII, and to the present, with them commenting on how much the world has changed.  Dorothy was known for her remarkable laundering for getting a stain out of anything.  She even wanted to be a spokesperson for Whisk detergent!  She was proud of having the cleanest house and most manicured yard.  Everyone who met her said what a great lady and lovely woman she was. She will be dearly missed, as she would frequently say: “Take care. I love you, and Happy face to you.”

A private family gathering will be held at a later date.

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  1. Michael Janapolis says:

    Athena and I are so very sorry to hear about Dorothy…she was our favorite neighbor…always so nice…and we know she kept an eye out on the neighborhood. Duff Drive just wont feel the same without her.
    We will be sending prayers of love and strength throughout this most trying of times.