Dorothy Lou Kaelber

November 22, 1930 ‒ January 04, 2014

Radnor, Ohio

Dorothy Lou (Clunk) Kaelber, 83, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus on January 4, 2014.

Dorothy is survived by her husband Donald Kaelber, son Dennis (Cindy) Kaelber of Radnor, daughters Debra (John) Caudill of Delaware and Dianne Kaelber at home. Dorothy is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

Dorothy was affectionately loved and will be sadly missed by family, friends and neighbors. Her parents were Jerry and Mary (Martin) Clunk. She was preceded in death by a brother Jerry Clunk and 3 sisters Goldie Marshall, Mari Ann Walkington, and Ruth Shurbock. She was raised on Mound Street in Marion, Ohio and attended Edison through the 11th grade. Dorothy’s childhood was during the great depression and she walked every day to and from school and home for lunch. She completed grade 12 at Harding High School and was the 1949 Homecoming Queen. Dorothy married Donald on December 29, 1950. She was a wonderful farm wife and mother and sold eggs from 250 White Leghorn hens from the home place on Rt. 23 for many years. She loved gardening, canning and making apple butter on the farm in an iron kettle with all the family and neighbors.

Dorothy was very involved with church and taught Sunday school for 21 years at Waldo United Methodist Church. Most recently she was active with her dear friends at Central Community Baptist Church. She loved extended family. Some of our best memories were traveling to her sister’s and brother’s homes and staying all night for the holidays. She was very close to her mother, Mary.

Dorothy took in many nieces, nephews, and her children’s school friends as needed to stay at the farm. Many summers, her nieces and nephews would spend weeks at the farm. They had to do chores, bale hay, haul manure, and be involved with the famous Kaelber farm water fights right alongside Dennis, Debra, and Dianne. Many little league and pony league baseball games were attended with a more than full car. Dorothy took in and raised her nephew Tom Clunk when his parents passed away. Tom graduated from Buckeye Valley High School thanks to his Aunt Dorothy.

Dorothy worked several years at Mom Wilson’s and later retired from Grady Memorial Hospital. She also worked every Election Day at Marlboro Township for many years.

Her sense of humor, knitting projects, grace and dignity, moral values, and sense of family, friends, community and church will be missed.

The family will receive friends on Friday January 10th from 4 – 8 pm at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 1510 W. William Street at Valleyside Drive, Delaware. Funeral services will be held on Saturday January 11th at 11:00 am at the Waldo United Methodist Church, 141 S. Marion Street, Waldo, Ohio 43356 and where additional calling hours be observed one hour prior. Burial will follow in Waldo Cemetery. Following the graveside services, all are invited for food and additional fellowship at All Occasions, 6989 Waldo-Delaware Road, Waldo.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Dorothy’s memory may be made to Ohio Health Hospice, 180 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215 or the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research, OSUCC-James, Office of Development, P.O. Box 183112, Columbus, Ohio 43218-3112.

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