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Dorthelynn (Dee Dee) Andreoli passed away peacefully on August 25, 2021. Born in Akron, Ohio March 28, 1950 to proud parents Jack and Josephine Griffiths. She attended Old Trail, graduated from Firestone High School and attended the University of Akron, after which she went to work for the Limited. She quickly rose to become their #1 sales associate in the country. In 1976 she used her unique merchandising and business skills to open Rock a Bye Baby located in the historic Quaker Square. It became one of the most successful children's stores in Northeast Ohio. Dee Dee's vibrant personality and enthusiasm made her a favored guest on the Morning Exchange where she hosted fashion shows featuring the children of many of her friends and customers. The store was open for 20 years and after it closed, she joined her parents in operating their Spring Hills Golf Club and Griffiths Pool. This was her summer passion - working and mentoring the many young people who were employed by the family over their 25 year tenure. Dee Dee, being a woman of great energy was an enthusiastic golfer, a member of the Garden Club and a volunteer of countless hours bringing joy to Sumner home residents. She was also a partner with her husband in making the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn a welcoming and exceptional hotel for travelers and a beautiful venue for special events. Her decisions and recommendations touched every corner of every room in the building and especially in the extraordinary outdoor spaces where she would oversee the planting of each flower and tree. She was a woman who loved her home and made it a haven for all God's creatures. Saving one stray cat grew to too many to count - the garage was overtaken for shelter and the cars were moved outside. She also loved the ducks that visited the Hilton annually and made sure not only were they well fed, but designed a special pond and waterfall for their use. And when it came to her dogs, her care and concern for Mia and Milo is legendary. Besides spending time with her loving husband and family, she was always looking for an opportunity to reach out and brighten someone's day. She remembered what your favorite Girl Scout cookie was and made sure you had a couple of boxes saved during her annual cookie distribution to all the employees of the Hilton. She loved to be involved - hosting barbecues for the counselors and campers at the Akron Rotary Camp - Birthday and holiday parties at Sumner where she would lead them in memorable sing-alongs. Everyone who was fortunate enough to know her will miss the delightful laughter, her genuine sincerity and ability to make you feel you were her best friend.
Preceded in death by her parents Jack and Josephine Griffiths and sister Jackye. She leaves behind her husband of 48 years, Rennick; sister, Debbie Phoenix (Bob); nieces, Kim Goodrich and Lisa Ryan (Pat); nephews, Chris (Tracy) and Philip (Fernanda) Friden; sisters-in-law, Linda Nix and Kerin Friden; aunt, Mary Lou Dean; uncle Michael Baitz (Charline) and many loving cousins and great nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Service will be held Friday, September 3rd at 11:00 am at St. Hilary Church, 2750 West Market Street, Fairlawn, Ohio. A celebration of Dee Dee's Life will follow the funeral service at the Hilton, 3180 W. Market St. There will be a private family entombment.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider a donation to The Humane Society of Summit County, The Akron Rotary Camp or the Stephen A. Comunale, Jr. Family Cancer Foundation.
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