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Dorothy Daniels

July 11, 1925 — July 4, 2022

Berlin Heights

Dorothy Wright Bittner Daniels came into the world on July 11, 1925 in Berlin Heights, Ohio, launching an
almost 97 year odyssey of baton twirling, water skiing, ballroom dancing, and apple pie baking that
brightened whatever corner of the world she happened find herself in. She passed on July 4, 2022 and
will be greatly missed.

A member of the National Honor Society, she graduated from Milan High School just as the nation was
engaging in WWII, assembling radios for the war effort at Philco and marrying a GI, who gave her two
wonderful children and mercifully, a divorce.

She went on to meet and marry the love of her life, Henry Daniels – a second marriage for them both –
and merged their families in 1953. Together they traveled the world, tore up the dance floor, and got
involved in just about any group that looked like they were enjoying themselves. They established a
winter home in Estero, FL in the 1970s that resulted in significant photographic evidence that the
Fountain of Youth is real and setting an almost unattainably high bar for joie de vivre.

She was employed by Firelands Insurance Agency for 40 years and was a member of the 1st
Congregational United Church of Christ in Berlin Heights, the Auxiliary of the American Legion Post 659,
the Berlin Heights Historical Society, and the Berlin Heights Garden Club.

She took pride in looking her best, never missing her weekly hair appointment on Friday morning or a
sale at Macy’s, which is how she turned every empty space in the house into a closet.
She was unambiguously independent and enjoyed gardening, flower arranging, and baked a mean apple
pie, usually starting the process at 11pm. She learned to camp at age 81.

She is survived by her daughters, Jane Stilgenbauer and Dolly Fierst; daughter-in-law, Sharon Bittner;
grandchildren, William (Sandy) Salim, Jr., Shelley (Brad) Mencher, Sarah Stilgenbauer, Bryan (Sara) Bittner, and Ben Bittner; as well as four great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and
numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Daniels; parents, Stanley Wright and Marjorie Dildine; son, Tom Bittner; sons-in-law, Ron Fierst and Rob Stilgenbauer; brothers, Richard Wright, Harold Wright, and Stan Wright; and her friend and companion, Neil Weilnau.

Friends and family may call on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 from 11:00am until time of services at 1:00pm at the Morman-Hinman Funeral Home, 38 South Street, Berlin Heights. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery. Pastor Mel Sayler will be officiating.

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Memorial contributions can be made in her honor to The Berlin Heights Historical Society at 18 E Main St, Berlin Heights, OH 44814, or the American Legion Post 659.

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