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Monday, December 22, 2014

Dorothea Fesenmyer

Dorothea C. Fesenmyer, 85, of 371 Langmaid Lane, Bradford, passed away Sunday, December 21, 2014, at the Bradford Manor.

Born January 19, 1929, in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late Basil and Harriett (Robbins) Gildersleeve.

On August 19, 1950, in St. Bernard Church she married Howard L. Fesenmyer who survives.

Mrs. Fesenmyer was a 1946 graduate of Bradford High School. She attended Keuka College and graduated from Clarion University in 1950 with a teaching degree. She taught in the Butler School system and then in 1953 moved back to Bradford. She taught for the Bradford Area School District for many years as a reading specialist, in the Title 1 program, retiring in 1979.

She volunteered for the Bradford Hospital Auxiliary and for the Bradford Hospital Resale Shop and was awarded Female Honoree from the hospital. She was also recognized by the YWCA as Woman of the Year.

She was a member of the Thursday Bridge Club at Pennhills Club and a member of the American Association of University Women.

In addition to her husband of 64 years, she is survived by two daughters, Susan (Michael) Carlson, of The Woodlands, TX, and Judy (Jon) Kirk, of Olean, one son, David (Cindy) Fesenmyer, of Imperial, a sister, Mary Ann (Dick) Bell, of Bellfonte, 6 grandchildren, Michael (Jackie) Carlson, Sarah (Matt) Shivers, Brian Kirk, Timothy (Veronica) Kirk, Catherine (Chris) Blocher and Jessica Fesenmyer, 6 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Jack Gildersleeve and Larry Gildersleeve.

Family will be receiving friends on Tuesday, December 23, 2014, from 4:00 to 6:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 372 East Main St., where funeral and committal services will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, December 24, 2014, with Rev. Seth McClymonds, Jr., pastor of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

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