Dorothy Y. Steitz

Dorothy Steitz was born in Coshocton, Ohio, on February 20, 1924 to Maro and Esther Smith. She was one of 6 children. After high school, she attended the Salvation Army School for Officers’ Training in New York City. Later she was appointed to Beacon, New York, where she met Charles Steitz. They were married on November 11, 1950. Dorothy was an accomplished seamstress and musician. She played the piano, the organ, the accordian, and the baritone horn. She was active in the Salvation Army most of her life, and many people remember her as “Aunt Dot.” She was a homemaker and helped run the family business, “Steitz TV,” in Beacon, New York. When her husband retired, they moved to Hollywood, Florida in 1978. Dorothy then worked as the Salvation Army Corps Secretary in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She remained active as a local officer there for nearly 20 years. After her husband passed away in 1997, she moved to Gainesville, Florida, to be close to her daughter. She was a volunteer for Haven Hospice for several years. She continued to live independently and was still driving until a month before she died. Dorothy is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Mike Cousino of Gainesville, Florida, her sister and brother-in-law, Bonnie and Tom Maier of Wesley Chapel, Florida, her brother-in-law George Steitz of Penfield, New York, and many nieces and nephews.
Dorothy was “promoted to glory” on June 21, 2018. She had a firm faith in Christ, and looked forward to going “Home.”

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