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Dorothy Andrus Vasbinder, 104, of Ashtabula passed away peacefully, Friday, August 4, 2017 at Serenity Suites in Ashtabula.
She was born July 26, 1913 in Kingsville, Ohio the daughter of the late Burt and Nina May (Poor) Andrus and had been a area resident until after high school graduation, then again after World War II. She graduated as Valedictorian of Kingsville High School Classof 1931. Upon graduation Dorothy moved to Warren for business school upon the invitation to live with sister Marty, who ultimately became her best friend.
Dorothy worked for Ravenna Ordinance Center the entire length of the War. She loved to dance and served as a USO Hostess often dancing with soldiers to help lift their spirit. She worked as an accountant for the Department of Human Service for many years. She continued working evening jobs at Shea's Theater and Pizza Villa for travel money, enjoying the young people working with her. She finally decided to retire at the age of 79. Dorothy also enjoyed traveling; and especially to Ireland, dancing, reading, knitting, walking. She was an avid Cleveland Sports Fan.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her jitterbug winning partner husband Gleason in 1940; and her always proud of siblings: Roy Andrus, and twin siblings: Ira Andrus and Ida Dowler, and George Andrus and Martha Norton; and Lyman Andrus. Her two eldest brothers served in The Great War, and her eldest sister Ida became state of the art teacher at The Kingsville Normal School. Dorothy took a train to visit Ashtabula niece, Betty Dowler (Colvin), army nurse while serving at Ft. Knox.
Dorothy lived with great niece JoAnn (Colvin) Burton after living independently over the age of 99 until June 2017. In mid-90's she danced at Painesville Township Park ballroom dances as well as Bands on the Beach, Walnut Beach's concession stand floor. Her 100th Grand Birthday Celebration was in Kingsville at her former beloved "the grades" school, now Simak Welcome Center. Dorothy then enjoyed a road trip through the mountains for a second 100th celebration in South Carolina in the home of sister Marty's granddaughter and all related in the region. Her 101st was held in Erie, PA and her 102nd was held at forever family favorite, Conneaut Township Park.
She is survived by great-nieces and nephews, great-greats, and great-great-greats who especially brought her great joy.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 11AM at Zaback-Williams-Ducro Funeral Home, 500 W. Prospect Rd., Ashtabula. Inurnment will later be at Crown Hill Cemetery in Warren.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Kingsville Public Library where she happily as a student walked two miles each way to read every book they had, 6006 Academy St. #6, Kingsville, Ohio 44048.
Published on August 11, 2017
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