……I’D LIKE THE MEMORY OF ME
TO BE THE HAPPY ONE.
I’D LIKE TO LEAVE AN AFTERGLOW
OF SMILES WHEN MY LIFE IS DONE…..
- DOROTHY A. SCHMELZER
Belmont, NY - Dorothy A. Schmelzer, age 89, formerly of McNinch Lane, passed away peacefully at Wellsville Manor Care Center on Sunday, May 14, 2017. She was born on March 24, 1928, in Pittsburg, PA., she was the oldest child of Leo and Catherine Perry Strittmather. She attended school in Pittsburgh and moved with her family after World War II to Belmont to join family there. She later met and married Edward Schmelzer, her husband for over 40 years, before his death in 1990.
In the mid 50’s the family operated “Dot’s Place” a successful restaurant in Belmont. Following the sale of the restaurant she worked for over fifteen years for the Allegany County Jail as a cook and Matron. She later worked as a teacher’s aide at BOCES and then enjoyed several years babysitting her 2 grandsons and other preschoolers in Belmont. Dorothy enjoyed traveling, including trips to Ireland, England, Italy, and France. She hosted several local bus trips but her favorite trips were junkets to Las Vegas.
Dorothy is survived by her son, Terry (Pat) Schmelzer of Belmont; grandsons, Blair (Meghan) Schmelzer of Rochester and Major Bryan (Gopy) Schmelzer serving in the Air Force. In addition she is survived by 3 step-granddaughters, Alycia Tracy of Olean, Amanda (Ian) Burt of Clayton, and Abby (Josh) Grump of Jupiter, FL.; her 2 younger brothers, Albert (Peg) Strittmather of Belmont and Leo (Donna) Strittmather of Vermilion, OH. Dorothy is also survived by 2 great grandchildren, Lena and Rohan Schmelzer, 3 step-great grandchildren, Olivia and Owen Burt, and Jackson Grump; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Dorothy was predeceased by her husband Edward in 1990 and her son Timothy in 2005.
Friends are invited to call on Friday, May 19, 2017, from 2 to 6 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 11 am at the Holy Family Catholic Church of Belmont with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Holy Family Alter Society or to the Belmont Fire Department Building Fund. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.