Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Dorothy M. Chew

Dorothy M. Chew, age 86, of Shelby, died late Wednesday night, March 8, 2023 at Galion Pointe.

Dorothy was born January 22, 1937 in Tiro to the late Raymond and Irene C. (Kurtzman) Whisler. A 1955 graduate of Shelby High School, Dorothy stayed connected with many classmates throughout her life and fondly enjoyed time spent with the “55 Club”. She has been employed at Shelby Sales Book prior to a career as a cafeteria worker for Shelby City Schools, primarily at Shelby Middle School, from where she retired.

Dorothy was an active member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church and its Altar and Rosary Society and volunteered her time at numerous church and St. Mary School functions. She could almost always be found at the dessert table serving up tasty treats. She loved going to Shelby Whippet volleyball and boys and girls basketball games and also enjoyed watching the Cleveland Indians and Cavaliers. Incredibly social, Dorothy stayed active with many community events and functions and enjoyed breakfasts and lunches with friends. She especially enjoyed following her grandchildren in all of their activities.

Surviving are two sons: Rich (Jennifer) Chew and Michael Chew both of Shelby; grandchildren: Natasha (Donnie) Ostrander, Cole Chew, Allison Chew, and Keelynn Statts; great grandchildren: Mersades (Dalton) Hoeflich, Landyn Ostrander, and Myla Ostrander; great great grandchild: Remington Hoeflich and soon-to-be: Oaklynn Hoeflich; sisters: Florence Schneider and Mary (Dave) Metzger; sister-in-law: Jann Chew; and nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Robert N. Chew, who preceded her in death on October 16, 2014.

Family and friends are welcome on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 from 9:30-10:30 am at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Dorothy’s Funeral Mass will follow calling hours at 11 am at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 29 West Street, Shelby, with Fr. Chris Mileski officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. For those wishing, memorial contributions may be made to the church.

Online expressions of sympathy may be left on Dorothy’s obituary on the funeral home’s website,, or their Facebook page,

Memories & Condolence

  1. Dana Pennell says:

    Rich, I am very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. What a friendly lady. I enjoyed talking to her,she always had a smile. Sending prayers from our family to yours.

  2. Marilyn Shepherd says:

    I am so sad to hear of the loss of Dorothy. I enjoyed seeing and working with her on many levels of jobs. Work and church levels. She always had a smile for people. Our deepest condolences to her entire family. Prayers for all

  3. Kathy Schaefer says:

    I am so very sorry to hear about Dorothy’s passing. Spent a lot of time at the church dinners and she was always there especially dessert and can’t table. We had a lot of laughs together and I remember her fondly. Again so very sorry for your loss. Prayers!!

  4. Beth and Randy Terman says:

    So very sorry to hear of Dorothy’s passing. She was a very sweet and giving person. Volunteering was her thing. Rest in Peace Dorothy.

  5. Linda Walton says:

    God’s word teaches us to rejoice in a when we loose someone. Because their pain and suffering is no more. They can walk the streets of Glory with no more pain meeting loved ones who have gone on before. But it is heartbreaking to give let go. We want them with us forever. So thankful for the time you had together. For the memories. The fun and special moments you shared. In my prayers❤️

  6. Joan Yetzer says:

    So sorry for her loss. Really liked her, lots of fun. Prayers for her family.

  7. Jean & Ed Russell says:

    Dorothy always had a smiling face in the cafeteria at the middle school. Peace to her and her family.

  8. Tammy Loveland Rock says:

    I send my sympathy Rich, to you and your family. I remember your mom always had a smile on her face. So so sorry for your loss.

  9. Becky Barber says:

    I extend my deepest sympathy to Dorothy’s
    family in her passing. I worked with Dorothy
    in the Shelby City School Food Service. We
    served the students their lunches and from
    time to time shared a few laughs.


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