Dorothy J. Gress

Jul 10, 1917 - Jun 22, 2013


Dorothy J. Gress, 95, of Port Clinton, passed away, Saturday, June 22, 2013, in Riverview Heathcare Campus, Oak Harbor. 

She was born July 10, 1917, in LaPorte, Ind., to O.T. and Ipha (White) Dysard. She married E. Richard Bowers on April 22, 1939, in Willard, and he preceded her in death on July 30, 1959. She married Darrell F. Gress on March 7, 1970, in Erie, Pa., and he survives. In 1985 Dorothy retired from Owens Illinois Training Center. 

She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Port Clinton. Dorothy was a member of the Cornelia Chapter of Eastern Star in Republic, Ohio, and was worthy matron 1984-85. She was the first  secretary/treasurer of the Nugent’s Canal Property Owners Assoc. for 1972-85. An avid sports fan, Dorothy was a very strong supporter of the Detroit Tigers. Dorothy will be greatly missed by her loving family and friends.

Survivors include her loving husband of 43 years, Darrell F. Gress, of Port Clinton; children, Beverly A. Mayr, of Erie, PA, James L. (Betty) Bowers of Montgomery, TX and Janis M. (Dennis) Ryan of Burgoon, OH; Grandchildren: Paul (Trina) Mayr of Erie, Dale (Michelle Sees) Mayr, of Moncks Corner, S.C., Dawn (Darren) Warren, of Magnolia, Texas, and Marc (Jaime) Bowers, of Virginia Beach, Va.; four great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild and one on the way. 

Dorothy was preceded in death by first husband, Richard Bowers; parents; sister, Mary K. Briggs; and brothers, John W. Dysard and Joe A. Dysard.

A Memorial Service for Dorothy will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home & Crematory, 216 Washington St., Port Clinton, where friends and family may call from 10 a.m. until services. Interment will be in the Laurel Hill Cemetery, Erie. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.

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