Dolores J. Hecht

March 01, 1931 ‒ July 14, 2018

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Dolores J. Hecht, 87, passed away on Saturday morning, July 14, 2018 in Mount Vernon in her own home being cared for by her family. She was born on March 1, 1931 in Youngstown, to the late Charles and Margaret (Richards)  Costello.

Dolores is survived by her children, Kristina (Jeffrey) Hecht-Baker of Mount Vernon, Kristopher (Diane) Hecht of Houston, TX and Hollie (Thomas) McLoughlin of Pine Meadow, CT.  Also surviving are three grandchildren, Dylan Baker, Morgan and Jonathan Hecht; and a brother, David (Wanda) Costello of Boardman.

Dolores met and married her spouse, Edmund P. Hecht, while they were both in graduate school at Ohio University.  They moved to New York City where Edmund worked at Columbia University and she worked for the Red Cross/Catholic Charities.  They then moved to Gambier where Edmund worked at Kenyon College (starting the language lab).  Dolores then began working at Ohio State University Hospital’s Dodd Hall.  She also worked at the Mount Vernon Developmental Center and Head Start where she developed many innovative programs.  She was recruited by Dr. Westerheide in 1969 to come to Mercy and Martin Memorial Hospitals to establish the first shared Medical Social Work Department in Knox County.  She was very active in the community, helping to develop the Commission on Planning Services for the Elderly, the Station Break Senior Center and after contacting Washington, DC to get the rules and regulations necessary, she spearheaded and was a founding member of Hospice of Knox County.  She was on their Board of Directors and provided Medical Social Services to the hospice patients for the first 10 years.  Dolores helped set up the Homemaker Services Program associated with the Knox County Health Department and served many organizations by being trusted resource they could come to for advice. She served on the Knox Community Hospital Board of Directors.  She retired from Knox Community Hospital in 2000 after 31 years of service.  She then went on to work for the Waiver Program through the Department of Aging for the next 7 years.

Dolores will be remembered for her wit and classy attire, especially her high heeled shoes.  During her career she helped many people who remember with gratitude.  She will be missed by her family and her cats as well as her close and loyal friends, Jeanne Phillips, Patricia and Zsolt Csaba and JoAnn Guinther.

The family would like to thank Kindred Hospice for the care they provided to Dolores.

In following with Dolores’ wish, there will not be any services.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kindred Hospice, 112 Harcourt Rd., Mount Vernon, OH 43050, Knox County Humane Society, 400 Columbus Rd., Mount Vernon, OH 43050 or St. Jude Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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  • Tina:
    So very sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with your mother in both hospitals and then KCH. Dolores was always willing to help us in any way. Call her and there she was.I hope your many memories help you through this time.
    Cecile Frye

  • Tina,
    My thoughts are with you and your family during this time, may your memories live strong. She was such a wonderful person and my memories of her are her professional attire, always dressed so nicely, beautiful inside and out, dependable(would come to see a patient whenever you called) and just a person who was always teaching with her actions and you didn’t even know it. She will be missed by many for she touched many lives.

  • Dear Tina and Family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Your mom always made everyone feel special. Her smile and style will not be forgotten.

    Bryan & Jackie Presley

  • Dear Hecht Family,

    I am so saddened by the news about Dolores. I will always be grateful for the way that she and Ed welcomed me to Kenyon, and the warm support they graciously gave me over the years. I also remember fondly working with Dolores at Hospice. Her contribution to the whole community in helping to found that local organization for palliative care is a lasting legacy. I will keep her and Ed, and your family in my thoughts and prayers. May light perpetual shine upon her.

    Royal Rhodes
    Gambier, OH

  • Dear Tina, Kristopher and Holly,

    Please know that I too am sending you my deepest sympathy. Your mother was a very special person who was able to face challenges with strength and courage and so gave
    comfort to many suffering people through her friendship and example. I am very grateful for all she gave to our community and I hope you will carry her spirit with you
    forever. You are each fondly remembered as happy kids riding bikes and horses down Middle Path. Blessings to each of you.

    Sally Rogan

  • Tina,
    I am so.very sorry for your loss. your mom was a one of a kind.

    Susie Simpson

  • Tina, we were so saddened to hear about the loss of your mom. She was a special lady. May the Lord comfort you and give you peace during this time of Sorrow.

  • Tina, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of your family at this time of loss of one of the finest women and mother’s I’ve known. I had the privilege of knowing her in both as a mother and professionally. Some of my fondest memories of her began probably 5 decades ago when you introduced me to your mom. I immediately looked up to her. She cooked like a chef. Dressed like a lady. Was kind and funny. Serious when she needed to be. One thing in particular I recall she did for me , she realized I had allergies when I was a kid. There was no one here at the time to treat me. She got me in to a doc at OSU and even took me to my appointments. Just so you know some of my fondest memories growing up were spent at your house with your family especially your mom. It was her encouragement that gave me the confidence to pursue nursing. Also to apply at the hospital. Speaking of the hospital, you have no idea what a gift she was to me in my different roles over the years. The sound of her voice when I would have to call her, not to mention the sound of her heels as she came to the rescue. Always equipped with a loving, calming air. She could comfort, diffuse, redirect and take lead always doing what was best. What a gift she was.I could go on forever about Delores. Again, I’m sorry for your loss. I’m guessing God’s new heavenly Angel was greeted by Saint Peter and promptly escorted to a brand new closest of Angel attire complete with several brand new pairs of Angel heels. God Bless you and your family Tina

  • Tina and Kris
    Im so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a special lady with so many accomplishments! Beautiful lady inside and out. Hugs to you all.

  • Dear Holley, Chris, and Tina, I was saddened to learn of Dolores death. Sending sincere sympathy to all of you.

  • Tina,Kris & Holly,
    We are sorry for the loss of your Mom, thinking of you all in this difficult time.

  • I have some of the best memories with Dolores. She was truly a one of a kind person. Always lighting up a room. Her wit was something to behold. My thoughts are with the family during this time.

  • Tina, I am so very sorry for your loss. Dolores was one of my most favorite people. I loved talking to her at KCH. She will be missed by so many. Prayers for the family.

  • I and my family extend our sincerest sympathy to the Hechts. Your mother was lovely and a gentle, kind soul as I recall. I am thinking of you this week and hoping you find peace.

  • So sorry to learn of the loss of your mother. As a young RN working at Martin Memorial Hospital in the late 70’s I met Delores. As the head nurse in the new CCU-ICU, I began to work closely with her. I can’t begin to tell you how much she mentored me in my professional development. She was also a main component of the development of that unit. Delores was a source of support for patients and the staff. She was instrumental in the establishment of Hospice of Knox County. I again had an opportunity to work with her at time. She was always the ideal professional in her appearance and actions. She had such a wonderful, caring approach to patients.Delores left her imprint on health and social care in the Knox County area. May you all find comfort from this. Most sincerely, Jo Kline