Dorothy Marie Aylward, 92, passed away peacefully at The Village of St. Edward Fairlawn Memory Care on November 4, 2022.
Dorothy was born on December 7, 1929, in Akron. She graduated from St. Sebastian Elementary School and Sacred Heart Academy. She attended The University of Akron for one year, where she was crowned Miss University of Akron in 1948. She was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta.
Mom met our Dad at The Akron Beacon Journal where they both worked. They were married 62 years. They raised six children, had 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Mom was a homemaker for several years before she worked for Polsky's at Summit Mall, then she became a bank teller at TransOhio Savings Bank, from where she retired. Our parents enjoyed their retirement years spending time with family, attending grandchildren activities, traveling, and her famous Sunday dinners. She was an accomplished seamstress, and also enjoyed gardening, walking, reading, shopping with her daughters and lunching with her girlfriends. Volunteering and her faith were a staple in Dorothy's life. She volunteered at Ronald McDonald House, East Akron Community Center, St. Sebastian Rectory, Santa's Helper, The Kidney Foundation of Summit County, Christ Child Society, and Good Samaritan Hunger Center. Mom was named a Lifetime Member of the Little Flower Garden Club at St. Sebastian.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her loving husband Bill, son Mark, sons-in-law Tom Henretta and John Nicolino, parents Bill and Rose Stampfli, brother Bill and Joan Stampfli.
Left to mourn her loss are her children: Aileen Nicolino, Maureen Barcic, Tim, Carolyn Henretta and Larry (Mindy), her sister Lucille (Bill) Westerman, sister-in-law Geri Aylward, grandchildren Katie, John and Mary Nicolino, Julie, Kelly and Bill Barcic, Joe and Mike (Ally) Aylward, Matthew (Hannah) Seikel, Jacob and Spencer Aylward, six great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and her dear friend June Cunningham.
The family would like to thank The Village of St. Edward Fairlawn Memory Care staff for their amazing care to our dear mom for almost four years. We also would like to thank Elara Caring Hospice for their kindness and care these past few months.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, November 7, 2022 at 11AM at St. Sebastian Church, 476 Mull Avenue, Akron. Calling hours at the church one hour before mass. Burial at Holy Cross. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to The Aylward Family Scholarship Fund, Archbishop Hoban High School, One Holy Cross Blvd, Akron, Ohio 44306.
Mom, you had a beautiful, long life filled with faith and kindness. We will miss you terribly. You taught us so much. Now you can rest.