SALEM- Dorothy Helen Dutko, 90, of Salem died at 8:40 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at the Sentara Leigh Memorial Hospital in Norfolk, Va. She was born Aug. 19, 1922, in Beaver Falls, Pa., the daughter of the late Ben and Carolyn (Endres) Straub.
She had been employed at Scott's Candy for 15 years after being a homemaker for 22 years. She also worked at J. C. Penney's and Woolworth's in Salem after graduating high school in Leetonia.
Her husband of 45 years, Frank Lawrence Dutko, whom she married July 3, 1947, preceded her in death on July 28, 1992. Her sisters, Connie Dayton and Caroline Straub, and a brother, "Barney" Straub, also preceded her in death.
Survivors include three sons, Thomas Dutko of Salem and Rich (Trish) Dutko and Jack (Lisa) Dutko, both of Virginia Beach, Va.; five daughters, Dorie Dutko of North Benton, Carrie (Del) McElrath of Southington, Jeane Dutko (Larry) of Berlin Center and Patty (Charlie) Echols and Joan (James) Hilton, both of Virginia Beach, Va.; and five grandchildren, Lindsey (Luie), Corey (Ryla), Lucas, Austin and Alyssa Dutko.
Dorothy loved playing cards and bingo with her many friends. She loved to shop and volunteer her time as a secretary and president of the L.C.B.A. for 20 years. She was also a member and committee member of the Catholic Daughters of America. Dorothy was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church for 65 years and supporter of St. Paul's Catholic School, where her eight children attended. She was a member of the Slovak Club Ladies Auxiliary. Delivering Meals on Wheels was a joy to her.
Above all Dorothy was the best mother anyone could ask for; she and our father were the most unselfish people on the earth! She was an amazing and loving grandma.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Saint Paul Catholic Church with Father Steve Wassie officiating. Burial will be at Grandview Cemetery. Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Stark Memorial Funeral Home. A prayer vigil service will be held at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
This obituary may be viewed and condolences sent to the family online at www.starkmemorial.com.