Dorothy P. Walker, 91, died peacefully in her Perkins Township home, with family at her side, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008, after suffering a stroke Jan. 16, 2008.
She was born in Lorain, Ohio, Dec. 5, 1916, the first child of Harold and Edna (Haupt) Pickett. She lived in Clyde throughout most of her childhood, but graduated from Margaretta High School in 1934, after her family moved to what would one day be known as Pickett Cherry Farm. She earned a teaching degree from Bowling Green Normal School in 1937, and began her teaching career with a class of 40 first graders in Perkins School District, and later taught for Sandusky City Schools. When she was widowed in 1962, she worked hard to raise her three daughters and is remembered by them for her love of music, gardening and nature, as well as her deep commitment to faith and family. In 1980, she remarried and subsequently retired from Port Clinton City Schools, where she had been a kindergarten teacher at Catawba Elementary. She belonged to First Presbyterian Church of Sandusky, where she served on the Session, and was also a lifetime member of Presbyterian Women. Additionally, she had been active in the Ohio Osteopathic Association Auxiliary, Sandusky Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and Sandusky Yacht Club Auxiliary.
Survivors include her husband, Dr. James E. Walker; daughters, Anne (John) Moran of West Carrollton, Ohio, Nancy (John) Herl of Port Clinton and Fort Myers, Fla., and Joan (Ken) Hartley of Huron; stepdaughter Elizabeth (John) Nielsen of Brighton, Mich.; grandchildren Melissa and Melinda Moran, John David (Melissa) and Patrick Herl, Kathryn (Jon) Roodvoets, Stephen, Benjamin and Madison Hartley, and James, Meredith and Matthew Nielsen; four great-grandchildren; sister, Eileen Detlefsen of Bellevue; three nieces; one nephew; and her dear little dog, Abby.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her former husband John F. Kerchner; niece, Julie Wallingford; stepdaughter, Jennie Walker; and, most recently, her brother, Charles Pickett.
Friends may call 3-6 p.m. Sunday in Pfeil Funeral Home, Sandusky Chapel, 617 Columbus Ave. The Rev. Kimberly Secrist Ashby will officiate at a private family funeral, with burial to follow at the Pickett family plot in Deyo Cemetery in Groton Township.
Those wishing to make a memorial contribution are asked to consider Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870; Catawba Island Fire and Rescue, 4606 E. Cemetery Road, Port Clinton, OH 43452; or the Dorothy Pickett Walker Memorial Scholarship Fund, BGSU Firelands, One University Drive, Huron, OH 44839.
Family members wish to express their sincere gratitude to all who helped care for Mrs. Walker during her most recent stroke, as well as the one a year ago from which she so valiantly worked to recover.