Dorothy Alice Bittinger

January 30, 1939 ‒ October 05, 2021

Butler, Ohio

BUTLER:  Every morning – and every evening – Dorothy Bittinger greeted the world with a Facebook post. Her cheerful morning post was always encouraging, usually included the Lord’s blessing, and often pictured one of her favorite birds (or other one of God’s creatures). Her evening post contained wishes for sweet dreams and peace. Her mid-day posts ran the gamut from patriotic to brain puzzles to “proud Mom” posts about her family. For Dorothy, Facebook was an essential communication tool.

Dorothy’s Facebook friends will miss her daily posts, as she passed into the Lord’s care Tuesday, October 5, 2021 from Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon. She was 82.

Born Dorothy Alice Bemiller on January 30, 1939 in Newville to parents Benjamin Brice and Thelma Pauline (Davis) Bemiller, she was graduated from Butler High School in 1957.

Married in 1959, raising five children was her primary life focus. She had worked briefly for Clear Fork Schools in the maintenance department; many will remember Dorothy working in production with HiLo Trailers in Butler. After 15 years with HiLo, she began serving as caregiver – first for her parents, and later for her husband.

Dorothy was a member of North Bend Church of the Brethren, and her speech was always peppered with “Bless your heart” and “God love you.”

She leaves a legacy of devoted love for her children – their loyal confidant – and she was so very proud of them, and will be remembered for making a double crust peach pie that will likely never be duplicated!

When not on Facebook, Dorothy was often bird watching. She maintained six different bird feeders behind her rural home – attracting dozens of species.

She is survived by her husband James W. Bittinger, whom she married May 26, 1959; their children Michael Bittinger of Butler, Timothy (Melanie) Bittinger of Bellville, Christine Porter of Butler, Theresa Thompson of Fredericktown, and Beth Klupp of Butler; step daughter Susan Wood of Mansfield; grandchildren Scott Bittinger, Shaun Bittinger, Brice Bittinger, Destiny Bittinger, Nathan Porter, Dustin Porter, Amber Thompson, and Dakota Klupp; seven Great Grandchildren; a brother Clarence Bemiller of Sarasota, FL and a sister Wilma (Ed) Brauchler of Mansfield; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by siblings Vivian Shaffer, Lucy Morrison, Retha Lee, and Josephine Leech.

The Bittinger family will receive guests Sunday, October 10, 2021 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where her funeral service will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Patrick Bailey will officiate. Burial will follow in Bunkerhill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to Fredericktown Fire & Rescue or Soul Purposes Missions may be made at the funeral home.

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  • Our hearts are heavy for the whole Bittinger family. Dorothy was such a loving person…but now in the Lord’s presence we can be rejoicing! Will continue praying for her sweet family.

  • Dear Jim & family,
    Our deepest condolences in your loss of sweet Dorothy.
    My heart breaks to see her go, but I’m looking forward to seeing her again! I’m sure she’ll be missed tremendously by all of you…I know I’ll miss her as well.
    She was such a beautiful, gracious, loving soul! She was always the same as I remembered her when I was a little girl.
    It brought me to tears when you remembered me, Jim (after so many years of disconnect), and you gave me the biggest squeeze! Dorothy wasted no time trying to serve me food and drink. She was quite a gem! You two were so wonderful together ❤
    We’re keeping your family in our prayers and if you need anything, please let me know.
    My love to you all and I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • to Dorothy’s family, So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing.We worked together at a factory in Fredericktown many years ago.She was good at her job, kept things moving.I now work with Theresa at school. May you be comforted and have many good memories to share. God be near you all. In Christian Love, Larry & Ruth Ann Huffstutler

  • Thoughts & prayers are with you all.
    I will miss my facebook friends posts!

    Jennifer Kempton
    & family

  • So very sorry to hear about Dorothy’s passing. She was definitely a gracious and loving lady. I will sure miss her “God love ya’s”. That always made me smile when she said that. She will surely be missed by many.

  • Quite often on f.b.their would be a picture of a cup of coffee. We would say we are having coffee together this morning. Dorothy was very special to me, we used to ride the Butler School Bus together, the family, you have my deepest Shmpathy. Dorothy had a very Special family, they were always’ glad to see you, and yes we would have a cup of coffee. Rest in Gods’ arms’, we will all be together again. I love you Dorothy.

    May God Bless the family and friends’ and to give you strength and comfort at this time. She wil be missed.

    With Love,
    Naomi Henry Wander.

  • Mike and family,
    We’re so sorry to hear about your moms passing. May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead. We enjoyed many picnics with all of you. We’ll be praying for all.

  • Jim and family
    So sorry for your lost, she was a beautiful person inside and out. I will remember the times when we sold Artex together always caring about every one. May you all remember the good times and smile when discussing the memories.

  • Our deepest sympathy and prayers go Jim and the entire Bittenger family. May your memories and love comfort you during this time. God grant you peace and comfort in the days to come. I am sure God is thanking you for your sacrifice as He has another beautiful angel in his care. Our prayers are with you.

  • So sorry to here about Dorothy she was such an Amazing person she will be missed we are sending everyone our thoughts and Prayers ❤ I will miss hereing her say Bless Your Heart❤ we loved her very much!

  • I was honored to work with Dorothy and most of her kids she was one in a million that’s for sure ! My deepest sympathy goes out Jim, Mike, Tim,Chris, Theresa, Beth and all there family’s, I’m pretty sure that your mom is up in heaven with your aunt Vivian cutting up and putting a big smile on God’s face ❤

  • Beth and family, You have my deepest sympathy and prayers .Your Mother was a very special lady! On her birthday, I always sent her a post saying all great ladies were born on January 30th! That was my Mother’s birthday also. They can now celebrate together!

  • Our prayers go out to the Bittenger family.
    Many memories of Dorothy,Jim and all the kids.
    Revelation 21:3,4

    Jeff and Sally Bechtel

  • Deepest sent to all who knew and loved Dorothy..knew her since I was a kid living on Grant Street and her and her sister Josephine baby sat me and my siblings…we used to get in trouble for eating green apples…she will be missed by all who knew and loved her but never forgotten…enjoy being with the family members…who left this world before you…love to all

  • My love and sympathy to you all. aunt Dorothy was the only one who always called me Letha May. I would just sit as a girl and stay at the beautiful collection of Avon bottles that lined the walls. She was loved and will be missed.

  • To Uncle Jim and family my sincerest apologies to you.Aunt Dorothy was one of my favorites,I sincerely miss her beautiful smile and contagious laugh I was shocked of her passing I will miss her kindness and love of her family and life, she will forever have a place in my heart.❤❤❤

  • The Bittinger family,
    We are sorry for the loss of your loved one. Our heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Just know you are in our thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort in the days ahead.

  • Beth, I am so saddened to learn to learn of your Mothers passing
    My heart and prayers are with you! Your Mom was one of the nicest women I have known. Hugs and prayers to you and your family ❤

  • So sad to hear of this – what a terrific lady Dorothy was — so many wonderful memories of childhood and growing up with her in them. Blessings and prayers to each of you.

  • I am so very sorry to just have learned of Dorothy’s passing. Be assured my mom was there to greet her at Heaven’s door! (Glorene Shock) Mom loved her cousins! ❤ my heart knows your pain. Thoughts and prayers are with you from all of us who knew her.

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