Dorothy Arlin Hershey, 87, of Norwalk, passed away Sunday evening, Oct. 13, 2013, in Stein Hospice Care Center in Sandusky.
She was born April 7, 1926, in Mansfield, Ohio, daughter of the late Harold W. and Emily (Pace) Arlin and came to Norwalk in 1954. Dorothy was a graduate of Mansfield Senior High School and Miami University. She was employed by Norwalk City Schools as a substitute teacher in the late 1950s and was head of the drapery department at Hills Interiors from 1960-80.
Dorothy was a volunteer in the Fisher-Titus Hospital gift shop for 10 years, accumulating more than 8,000 volunteer hours. She also was a sweater angel, making hundreds of sweater sets for newborn babies. Dorothy was a member of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America for 80 years, serving as the Norwalk Girl Scout neighborhood chairman from 1956-68. She was also a member of Norwalk First United Methodist Church, and was a former member of the Norwalk Women Jaycees.
Dorothy was an avid sports fan, along with her husband, Howard, who was the Athletic Director at Norwalk High School. She also loved to travel, and spent her last years doing so with her husband and daughter.
Dorothy was extremely proud of her father, Harold Arlin, who was the first ever radio announcer, and for whom Arlin Field in Mansfield is named.
Dorothy is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Lura and Gary Magi, of Huron; her son and daughter-in-law, David and Barbara Hershey, of Tiffin, Ohio; four granddaughters, Gail Hershey, of Westerville, Ohio, Kellie (Dennis) (Magi) Palmer, of Berlin Heights, Sarah Hershey, of Suffolk, Va., and Emily Magi, of Huron; and by one great-grandson, Landon Arlin Palmer.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Howard A. Hershey, and by her brothers, Ralph Arlin and Edward Arlin.
Friends may call from 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, until a memorial service at 3 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St., Norwalk. The Rev. Brian Oglesbee, Pastor of Norwalk First United Methodist Church, will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Norwalk High School Athletic Department, 350 Shady Lane Drive, Norwalk, OH 44857, or to the Fisher-Titus Auxiliary, 272 Benedict Ave., Norwalk, OH 44857.
Condolences may be shared at edwalkerfuneralhome.com.