Dorothy Alice Bittinger
January 30, 1939 ‒ October 05, 2021
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.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Bittinger family. Share a message of support with them – and watch Dorothy’s tribute video – online at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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