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Dorothy Climenson Hershey

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On October 28, 2014 @ 5:28 pm In Obituaries | 23 Comments


Dorothy “Dottie” Climenson Hershey, 88, of Lancaster, passed away on October 28, 2014 at the Mennonite Home. Born in Lancaster on February 16, 1926 she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Charlotte Eppihimer Climenson. She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Donald J. Hershey, Sr., former principal of Parkland High School.

She was a 1944 graduate of Manheim Township High School.

Dottie was a talented artist in many areas including painting, flower arranging, and retail design and display. She was a member of the Quarryville Garden Club and volunteered for 25 years at Lehigh Valley Hospital. She loved to dance and was a member of the Red Hat Society.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by her children: Barbara L., wife of Craig Heckman of San Francisco, CA, Nancy Hershey-Lalli, wife of Francesco Lalli of New York, NY, and Donald J., Jr. husband of Cindy Hershey of Hummelstown, PA; and two brothers, Donald Climenson of Landisville, PA and Douglas Climemson of Reston, VA.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Service in First Presbyterian Church, 140 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 2:00 P.M with the Rev. Dr. Donald W. Hackett officiating. The family will greet friends immediately following the Memorial Service.

Private interment in Paradise Mennonite Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Dorothy’s name may be sent to the Mennonite Home for the “Purpose of Staff Safety Education,” 1520 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601, or the “Piano Restoration Fund” of First Presbyterian Church at the address listed above.

Condolences for the family of “Dorothy Climenson Hershey”

Condolence from Harv & Michele Estren on October 28th, 2014 9:05 pm

We are so truly sorry to hear about your loss. May your sadness soon be replaced by loving memories of a full life well spent.

All our love,
Harv& Michele

Condolence from Renee Scully on October 28th, 2014 10:06 pm

Nancy, my condolences to you and your family at this difficult time. Please know you are in my thoughts.

Condolence from Christopher Austin on October 28th, 2014 11:18 pm

After Glow
“I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one. I’d like to leave an after glow of smiles when life is done, I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways, Of happy times and laughing times and bright and summer days. I’d like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun, Of happy memories that I leave when life is done.”

My thoughts and prayers are with you xo

Condolence from Antoinette and Don Kellaher on October 28th, 2014 11:35 pm

With sincere sympathy to the family of lovely Dottie. We mourn your loss.

Condolence from Rosanna Arcieri and Carlos Arcieri on October 29th, 2014 9:50 am

Our thoughts and love is with you all at this very sad time with the hope that her wonderful memories bring you much comfort.
We are sorry not be able to be with you on Friday, but will see you soon.
Love, Rosanna and Carlos

Condolence from Carol Hofheimer on October 29th, 2014 11:38 am

Dottie Darlin’ was a class act. She raised beautiful and amazing children, who warm my heart. Sending you all big hugs and love during this very difficult time. Much love,
Carol aka- Pret

Condolence from Rose and Frank Canahl on October 29th, 2014 7:27 pm

To: Dottie’s Family.
Doug Manning, minister, counselor, etc. explains the loss of a loved one at this time in this manner and sharing the sadness you feel we pray his words give you peace in the future.
“Grief is a journey…Memories at first are painful and every memory breaks our hearts. Gradually they help us establish the significance of our love and our loss. In time, our memories become our most precious possession and our loved one is reborn inside of our hearts.

Condolence from Anna Wozny on October 29th, 2014 10:09 pm

Dear Nancy
Wishing You the peace that comes from knowing memories and love are forever.
So sorry for your loss.

Condolence from WENDY CROWN on October 30th, 2014 10:08 am

May God give you peace, fill your sadness with love & laughter thru tears, and the comfort of knowing you were a loving and devoted family for her. Sending you healing love-light energy, and wishing you much comfort during this time of loss. God be with you all. Namaste, Wendy

Condolence from Carol Mills Hoover on October 30th, 2014 10:54 am

I am so sorry for your loss. She was a cute, nice lady. I just drove by ur old house on Hillview Rd last week. Take care. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Melissa H. on October 30th, 2014 1:44 pm

Barb, Nancy, & Don,

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear “Mamma!” I know how special Dottie Darlin’ was to you all! I think of her every time I see a red beetle.

She and all of you are in my prayers.


Condolence from Pam Luke on October 31st, 2014 4:01 am

Dear Nancy and Family,
Sending love and prayers your way today and always. I know this is a difficult time for you and your family. May God comfort you and may He bless you every day with love and memories of your beautiful mother.
She is now in Pradise, forever in peace surrounded by love.
All my love and continued prayers,

Condolence from Danny, Olga, Ryan and Kirsten Barr on October 31st, 2014 8:46 am

Nancy, Barb and Don,
may the many wonderful memories that your wonderful Mum created with you help sustain you in this tough time and encourage you when needed in the days and weeks ahead. “Sad soul take comfort, nor forget. That sunrise never failed us yet.”

Condolence from John Heckman on October 31st, 2014 4:57 pm

We love DD! DD was such a true joy to be around and a loving member of the family. She succeeded in passing these traits to her daughters and positively influencing everyone around her. And…not to forget my favorite partner for hitting up all the hot spots in SF! Love and condolences, John

Condolence from Alexis Velez on October 31st, 2014 10:58 pm


What a priviledge to experience you adoring your mother. Truly inspiring affection from a daughter to her mother.

You are in my thoughts and prayers as you celebrate her life and gifts.



Condolence from Todd Heller on November 1st, 2014 4:01 pm

Nancy and Don,
Just learned of your loss. I remember the good times in your basement playing the washboard with your parents. Prayers are with you!

Condolence from Carol and Ed Heckman on November 1st, 2014 6:56 pm

Craig and Barbara,

Hope you are remembering all of your wonderful times with Dottie Darling. We are.


Carol and Ed

Condolence from Allegra (Sensenig) and Chris Leibengood on November 2nd, 2014 1:21 pm

Dear Barbara, Nancy, and Don:

Your mother was a treasure and I’m so glad that my own mother has been able to share time with dear Dottie. May you be comforted by the memory of the beauty she brought to this world.

Warmest, Allegra

Condolence from Rick Sprague on November 2nd, 2014 5:07 pm

My deepest condolences to my dear friend Nancy and her family on the passing of your beautiful mother. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Dottie over the years, I feel as though I’ve met her. I hope you all find some small comfort in knowing that your love and admiration for her has touched people beyond your family, and that her amazing spirit clearly lives on in all of you.

Condolence from Laura Lesher on November 3rd, 2014 5:15 pm

I always remember Aunt Dottie smiling and loved being with her at family events. She was a wonderful lady!

Condolence from Doug Climenson on November 3rd, 2014 5:29 pm

Dottie was five year older than me and took care of me as a child. Truly my “big sister.“ I have fond memories of those early years. She was the most gentle person I ever knew. And she raised three remarkable children. Don, Dion and I will miss her laugh and her kindness.

Condolence from Heather Flegal on November 5th, 2014 7:25 pm

I am so sorry for your and your family’s loss. Although I never met your mother it is obvious what a dynamic, loving woman she was based on her amazing daughter. Cherish all of yor memories.

Condolence from Nadia on October 2nd, 2018 5:49 pm

To Mrs. Hershey’s family, I’m very sorry for your loss. No matter how much time passes we still feel the loss of our loved ones and view death as God does, an enemy. (1 Corinthians 15:26) May you find comfort and hope in his promise at Revelation 21:3,4 that shows soon there will be no more death, sickness, or pain, and we can see our lost loved ones again. Please accept my deepest condolences.

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