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Dorothy Jane Gill Wood

July 9, 1926 — May 13, 2024

Cochranton, PA

Dorothy Jane Gill was born on July 9, 1926. 

Dorothy Jane (Gill) Wood died on May 13, 2024. Age 97 years, 10 months, and four days.

Dorothy passed at her home with family.

Dorothy was born in Grove City, and at the age of four moved to Lawrence Park to live in General Electric housing where her father was working for GE. She attended kindergarten and first grade in Lawrence Park, and around 1932 moved to a farm in Millcreek. Dorothy started second grade in the Love School, a one room schoolhouse that housed grades one through six in the same building. After completing grade 6 at the Love School, she went to seventh grade in Millcreek. In 1939, Dorothy moved to Meadville for one year and attended the former East End School. In 1940 she moved to Cochranton, where in the eighth grade she met her future husband, Harry L. Wood, for the first time. 

In high school, Dorothy went to work for Isaly‘s, opening for them before school, returning to work the lunch shift, and returning again to work after the school day.

Dorothy was a cheerleader in high school and graduated from Cochranton High School, class of 1944. Following graduation, she went to Florida and Gulfport, Mississippi where she worked and lived for the summer. Upon returning to Cochranton, she went to work at the former Talon during World War II as an inspector, and worked at Talon off on over the next 30 years. In 1974 she went to work with her son David at Wood’s Red and White Grocery Store, Cochranton, until retiring in 1984. 

 In 1948, Dorothy, married Harry L. Wood, and together they raised six children and were married 67 years at the time of his death in 2015.

Dorothy was one of six children of Raymond T. Gill and Gladys E. (Gills) Gill. They were Jim, Dorothy, Dick, Connie, Sue, and Don. She is survived by Connie Merchbaker and Don (Sharon) Gill. She is also survived by her six children, Kathy, Reenie, Janis, David, June, and Mike; further survived by in-laws, Ernie Kaste, Ed Siverling, Augie Reese, Bill Ostrowski and Dale Wagner, respectively. She had 10 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren; granddaughter, Kim Kaste died in 1987 at age 9.

Dorothy was a great sewer, a fantastic cook, and always kept a great home no matter the turmoil of life. She enjoyed traveling, swimming, boat rides, any type of adventure, and a good time. She had the special ability of being good at anything she set her mind to, along with a great sense of humor and a love to laugh.

Dorothy was a member of the old white church on S. Franklin St. when it was Presbyterian, before the United Presbyterians merged with the Presbyterian Church. She served on a committee of traveling to other churches to select new ministers. In 1948 she joined the Cochranton United Methodist Church where she was an active member for 76 years. She was a member of the United Methodist Women, the Cochranton Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary, the Order of the Eastern Star and for over 40 years she hosted and attended a monthly card club with a group of friends.  Dorothy was also a majorette in the Cochranton Fireman’s Band. 

All of Dorothy’s children would like to express how proud, and how blessed they feel for having her as their mother.  A unique lady, always strong, always determined, she approached all things with such a positive energy and love for life. Dorothy was hard-working and seemingly tireless, few could keep up with her. Nothing was ever left undone that needed done.  It was done now, not tomorrow. She was organized, ahead of the game, and always managed to be there for everyone, despite the trials and tribulations of a large family. But first and foremost, she was a loving and compassionate person, who took care of all her family in her own way until the day she passed. She was an honest and beautiful person, inside and out, and a great example to us all! Thanks mom!

There will be a private faith oriented religious service this weekend for immediate family in her church. There will be a public memorial for all on July 14 with future details of time and place to be announced.

 Arrangements are in the care of STEPHEN P. MIZNER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 404 CHESTNUT ST., MEADVILLE, with a special thanks to Steve Mizner for his help and attention.

Anyone wishing to remember Dorothy should give in her name to their favorite charity, or cause; this is something that she would really enjoy!

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