Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Dorothy M. Gies

Dorothy M. Gies, age 83, of Shelby, peacefully passed away on Friday, October 2, 2020 at the Crestwood Care Center in Shelby.

Dorothy was born July 6, 1937 in Mansfield, Ohio to the late George and M. Marion (Miner) Moyer. She was a 1955 graduate of St. Peter’s High School in Mansfield and had attended both Congregation of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate and Ashland College. Dorothy began her working life as a second-grade teacher at St. Peter’s Elementary School, having a class of second graders with over 60 children at once, and also had worked as a substitute teacher at St. Mary’s Elementary School in Shelby. However, Dorothy shined in her role as a homemaker, caring for her husband and six children. She was an active member at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church where she was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society and served as a CCD teacher.

Dorothy was also a member of Shelby VFW Auxiliary and the Shelby American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing cards, reading, doing arts and crafts, listening to bluegrass music, and watching the Cleveland Indians and Browns. Most of all, she cherished spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

On June 27, 1964 Dorothy married Donald E. Gies, Sr. and he preceded her in death in 2004. Also preceding her in death are her parents and her sister, Peggy Leitenberger. Survivors include her six children: Donald E. (Catherine “Kitty”) Gies, Jr. of Tulsa, OK, John (Cheryl) Gies of Shelby, Thomas (Michelle) Gies of Westerville, Monica (Paul) Depinet of Norwalk, Joseph (Heather) Gies of Shelby, and Patricia Trausch (Theon Downing) of Shelby; 19 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and siblings: Mary Lou (Ralph) Haller of Mansfield, Phyllis Crooker of Shelby, George Moyer of Jackson, OH, and Julie Ferguson of Rio Rancho, NM.

Family and friends are welcome on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 from 4-8 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where the rosary will be recited at 7:30 pm. Funeral mass will be Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 11am at the Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 29 West Street, Shelby. Fr. Chris Mileski will celebrate, and burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church and left in care of the funeral home.

Due to the current COVID-19 circumstances, both the family and the funeral home wish that everyone remains safe. Therefore, we ask that visitors be mindful of current restrictions and pay respects appropriately and promptly, without linger.

Appropriate ways to express sympathy for those unable to attend may be done by leaving an online condolence at or by leaving a comment on Dorothy’s obituary on the funeral home’s Facebook page,

Memories & Condolence

  1. Ann Imhoff says:

    So sorry for your loss but your Mother was a great and she and your Father raised wonderful kids❤️❤️❤️

  2. Nancy and Clarence Ousley says:

    To all of the Gies family, You have our deepest sympathy and prayers.

  3. Catherine Miner says:

    Dear Don, John, Thomas, Monica, Joe, and Patty,

    You all have my deepest sympathy! Your mother was a sweet, kind, and gentle soul. May the memory of your Mother give you comfort, and her legacy live through all of youll! God Bless your family.

  4. Sharon Sheets says:

    I wanted to express my sympathy to Dorothy’s family.I am her cousin on the Moyer side.She was always such a nice lady.What a legecey she leaves with six children and so many great grandchildren. Prayers for all the family.

  5. Regenia says:

    John, Cheryl and family,
    So sorry to hear about your mom. Our thoughts, prayers and sympathy too all of you. May God bless you during this difficult time.
    The Shavers

  6. Ambrose & Joy Trucks says:

    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Great neighbors on Broadway. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless the family.

  7. Alice Mescher says:

    Our Deepest Sympathies to all the families. Both Don and Dorothy were amazing people that raised children any parent would be proud of. All of you are their greatest legacy. Prayers for God to sooth all your hearts.

  8. Mindy Utz says:

    My deepest condolences.

  9. JOHN & CONNIE LeCLAIR says:

    The Gies Family please accept our sincere sympathies and prayers on the loss of your Mother.

  10. Bob and Tressa Reith says:

    This is a tough one.  Having grown up with John and his siblings, I enjoyed  sleepovers on the Gies family home front porch, which enabled early morning trips to the reservoir for fishing.  There I enjoyed knowing a mom who seemed a lot like my own.  You need only to look as far as the Gies children to know what a fine parenting team Dorothy and Don Gies were.  We feel this loss with you and want to assure you all of our love and prayers during this sad time.  We know you trust that your mom is in Heaven, free from the restrictions that aging placed on her body, and enjoying a reunion with the loved ones who are already there.  She now knows the warmth and light of God’s presence and the contours of His beautiful face.  May this faith and the support you gain from one another help you through this time.  Tell your mom’s stories and keep her memory with you.  I am grateful to have some Dorothy Gies stories of my own.  May God bless you all and also Dorothy’s grandchildren and all her extended family and friends. 

  11. Jack and Carol Bryson says:

    Joe, Heather, and family

    Our deepest sympathy to your entire family. May your memories help ease the pain of your loss.

  12. Pat Moyer says:

    My condolences to my cousin Dorothy’s family. May she Rest In Peace. Love to all

  13. Joann jeff peiffer says:

    Our condolences to all in the Gies family.

  14. Erin (Ferguson) Myers says:

    My deepest condolences and love go out to my cousins, aunts, uncle, and mother. Aunt Dorothy raised some wonderful children, and we are grateful for her life. God bless and comfort you all as you say your goodbyes.

  15. LAWRENCE Frontz says:

    Patty and family: so sorry for the loss of your mother.

  16. Connie Ament says:

    Prayers for your family.

  17. Edna Karnes says:

    Dear John, Joe and families. So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. I pray you are blessed with many precious memories in the days to come.

  18. Paul and Ann Veach says:

    Tom, Shelly, Katie, and Steven, we are so sorry for your loss and will be lifting your entire family in prayer over these next days and weeks to come. We love you all!


  19. Lynelle & Randy Boyce says:

    Prayers for all of your families during this difficult time.

  20. Dave and Chris DeVito says:

    Our deepest sympathy to all of the Gies family. Such a respected and faith filled lady whose children carried on their parents example. May she Rest In Peace.

  21. Denny & Karen Rismiller says:

    Dorothy was a kind person. Our sympathy to all of you.

  22. Darrell and Marilyn Shepherd says:

    Our condolences to the entire Gies family. You have our deepest sympathy


    We never had the pleasure of getting to know Dorothy. We do know that in order to have such a great family she must have been something wonderful.

    Our condolences to the Gies Family

  24. Cindy Keller says:

    Joe and Heather, my thoughts are prayers are with you and your family during this time.

  25. Gary & Patti Lauderbaugh says:

    Our sympathy and prayers go out to you Joe, Heather, John, Cheryl and the rest of your family, that you may find comfort from the Lord in this time of sorrow.

  26. Dennis Trucks says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you (all the Gies children) and your extended families. I have so many memories of your Mom as we were growing up on Broadway. She always cared for all of us kids in the neighborhood —- keeping a careful eye and still allowing us to be kids (riding bikes, playing games, and staying out after dark). Such a wonderful and caring person. My deepest sympathy to all.

  27. John Deliman says:

    We send our deepest sympathy to Tom, Shelly, Jordan, Katie and Steven, and all of the Gies family during this time of loss. Prayers for comfort and peace for all of you.
    John and Cindy Deliman

  28. Susan Keiser says:

    Dear Joe and Family,
    Our deepest sympathy to you on your Mom’s passing. May your memories comfort you during this sad time.
    Susan and Ron Keiser

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