Dorothy Gail Weiser

June 14, 1919 ‒ August 19, 2013

Marion, Ohio

Dorothy Gail (Stephenson) Weiser passed on August 19, 2013, at The Village at Westerville Retirement Center, where she has resided since 2009. Prior to that, she was a proud Marion resident, where she was born on June 14, 1919. Dorothy was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Edward L Weiser, with whom she shared 57 wonderful years, daughter, Charlene Tennar, parents, Charles and Rachel (Adams) Stephenson and brother, Charles H. Stephenson.

A graduate of Harding High School, she worked in the Marion Power Shovel Co. office, followed by many years as medical secretary for Dr. Richard Morgan.

Until recent years, she was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, where she was former president of the Women’s Association, a member of Martha Circle, soprano soloist in the Chancel Choir for over 50 years and particularly enjoyed directing the children’s choirs for 16 years. She deeply appreciated the connection with her Marion church family through their cards, letters and gifts since her move to Westerville.

As a private voice teacher, she taught hundreds of young people in the Marion area, until she was 89 years old. Their yearly recitals were events remembered by many. In 2007, she was featured in a Columbus Dispatch article entitled ’20 Over 60,’ profiling Ohio area musicians still actively contributing to the arts in their communities.

During WWII she performed with big bands during war bond drives and hosted her own morning radio show on WMRN for 7 years. Active in the Eastern Star, she also enjoyed membership in the Marion Lecture Recital Club, the National Federation of Music Clubs and Seniors in Song Chorus, through the Marion Senior Center.

Dorothy’s deep Christian faith, as well as love of family and music, guided her life. She is survived by daughter, Stephanie (James) Henkle of Westerville, grandson, Seth (Sommer) Carter, of Columbus, grandson Shawn (Kelly) Weiser, granddaughter, Mikkaila and her father, Michael Tennar, brother-in-law Carlton (Susan) Cook of Byron, Ga., cherished nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friend and piano accompanist, Rosalind Doria.

Per her request, there will be no funeral service. Visitation will take place on Sunday, August 25, 2013 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 143 S. Prospect Street, Marion 43302. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Dorothy Weiser’s name may be made to the Music Fund of the First Presbyterian Church. Gunder/Hall & Folk Funeral Directors are handling arrangements. A private interment will be observed at Marion Cemetery. Online condolence may be expressed at

“The song is ended, but the melody lingers on…” Irving Berlin

  • Stephanie, I know that the entire Stonebraker family feels your loss. We hope that the wonderful memories of your mom can help to give you peace. Our deepest sympathies. Joyce

  • I did not personally know Dorothy, but I felt like I did through the kind words from her daughter. I can see where Stephanie gets her passion for music and teaching others how to express themselves through the gift of music. What amazing talent and compassion. It sounds like she had a blessed life and can have eternal life with the Lord.

  • Our daughter took voice lessons for many years from Dorothy and she was always very kind and was a wonderful teacher. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  • I have been blessed in knowing this wonderful woman (and her daughter) during her stay at the Village where my father also lives. I loved entering the village main doors each time and most likely seeing Dorothy sitting in the lobby, almost as the official greater, with that sweet smile of hers. I relished getting a hug and a word or two each visit. Stephanie is corect, the song is ended but the melody lingers on. God Bless.

  • Stephanie, I had no idea about your mother’s extensive vocal/musical background–obviously she was a great influence for you, and you have certainly “done her proud”! We will not come to Marion, but will hope to see you soon and hear more about your beautiful, gifted, and amazing mom!

  • Stephanie – Your Mom was quite a lady. So pretty. I love those WWII gals who sang with the Big Bands and raised support for the troops. Now we know where you get that incredible talent and spunk of yours. Please know that all your Charlotte friends wish they could be with you, but, truly are in spirit. Our love, Vivian.

  • Stephanie, I’m so sorry to hear this. Your mother was a wonderful influence in my life!!! What an amazing, spiritual, hard working, accomplished lady. And lady she was!! She made a huge impact on so many young people’s lives. Now she is in heaven with Her love- Your father. My prayers are with You and the rest of the family.

  • I had the honor of having Mrs. Weiser as my vocal instructor when I was a young girl. I was rather timid and Mrs. Weiser helped give me confidence along with my voice lessons. I went on to preform publicly in many situations. I have always had found memories of her and how she helped me. She was a wonderful woman whom helped to mold me when I needed her help the most. I feel blessed to have known her.

  • I had the honor of working with Mrs Weiser. She even pushed me during my time of NO voice to sing. She helped be stronger in voice and confidence.

  • Stephanie,

    What a long and fruitful life your mother had!

    I remember when we sang in choir together back at the Presbyterian Church a very long time ago when your mother was directing, and later in The Sound of Music; you were the Mother Superior and I, the evil Baroness. I suspect your mother coached you through Climb Every Mountain. May her many years of coaching and the words of that song remain with you though you miss her.

    Best wishes to you and your family.

  • Stephanie,
    I am so sorry to hear that your mother has passed away. She was a wonderful woman ; bright and so talented. Your mother lives on in your talent and your beauty.
    love Jane