Dorothy H. Van Loan
Nov 24, 2012
Dorothy H. Van Loan
Nov. 24, 2012
Dorothy H. Van Loan, 95, of Walton, N.Y., went peacefully to her Lord early Saturday morning, Nov. 24, 2012, with her family by her side.
She was born on March 4, 1917, in Hancock, N.Y., the daughter of the late Peter and Effie Hoagland Somers. She worked as a cook at the Model Restaurant in Hancock until the death of her husband, Donald, on Oct. 10, 1957. It was then she moved to Walton with her seven children.
She was devoted to her God and her family. She never remarried and raised seven children on her own. She cherished her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and often sat on the front porch and watched them play. She had a great sense of humor and could always bring a smile to your face. She had a heart of gold and always made time to lend an ear, a hug or some advice.
She was a wonderful baker and always had delicious cakes, cookies and pies on hand whenever anyone would stop by for a visit or a hot cup of tea. She also enjoyed watching the New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves and WWF wrestling and could be heard cheering for her favorite team or athlete from her chair. She also loved watching her soaps.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, in 1957; two sons, Ronald, in 1985, and Douglas, in 2011; and one grandson, Jeffrey Mead, in 1987.
Survivors include four daughters and two sons-in-law, Faye Anderson of Oxford, N.Y., and Bonnie Van Loan, Linda and Carl Whitaker and Sherrie Murphy and Bill Scully, all of Walton, N.Y.; one son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Francine Van Loan of Dallas, Ga.; 27 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends and relatives are invited to call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Courtney Funeral Home, located at 25 Townsend Street in Walton, N.Y. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Riverside Alliance Church, located at 110 Stockton Avenue, with the Rev. Steven Blews officiating. Burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery in Hancock, N.Y.
Memorial contributions in Dorothy\'s memory may be made to Catskill Area Hospice, 1 Birchwood Dr., Oneonta, NY 13820; or Walton EMS, 61 West St., Walton, NY 13856.