ASHTABULA — Dorothy Ann Steward, age 89, of Ashtabula, Ohio, passed away Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Carington Park Nursing Home in Ashtabula, surrounded by her family.
She was born in Jefferson, Ohio, the daughter of Leo G. Sidley and Arlene (Loftus) Sidley Rolland on Jan. 5, 1925.
Dody (as she was known by friends) graduated from Jefferson High School in 1944 and went to work in Cleveland for the War Department, before marrying her high school sweetheart, LaVern W. “Buz” Steward. Her first daughter was born in 1946 and her last child was born in 1964, making all her babies true “Baby Boomers”. She supported her family in all their endeavors’.
She moved to Ashtabula in 1946, where she became a member of the Harris Memorial Presbyterian Church and especially loved singing in the choir. In the last days, she was heard singing hymns and reciting the 23rd Psalm.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved husband, Buz Steward; a sister, Jeanette Gennaro of California; a son, John Steward, and a daughter, Julie Steward; brother-in-law, Bill Shannon; and special niece, Kathy Higley.
Left to cherish her memory are a sister, Marilyn Shannon of Dunedin, Fla.; and children, Jane (Bill Palma) Steward, James (Cindy) Steward, Jacqueline (David Brais) Steward, and Joel (Jenny) Steward and their children, Madeline and Halley of Lewis Center, Ohio.
The family would like to thank Carington Park and Hospice of the Western Reserve for their heartfelt care of their Mom. Memorial contributions can be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association; the Hospice of the Western Reserve or to the Ashtabula Animal Protective League.
To honor her wishes no calling hours or funeral will be held.
The Ashtabula Home of FLEMING & BILLMAN FUNERAL DIRECTORS AND CREMATORY, INC., 526 W. Prospect Road, Ashtabula, is in charge of arrangements. Obituary and condolences at fleming-billman.com and starbeacon.com.