HANOVERTON, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Dorothy L. (Weyant) Ward, formerly of Hanoverton, died Sunday, May 8, 2022, at Green Meadows Skilled Nursing and Rehab in Louisville with her family present to send her off to meet her loved ones in Heaven.   

Dorothy, the daughter of the late Valone V. (Bill) and Margaret “Peggy” (Vinsonhaler) Weyant, was born September 10, 1934 at home in Akron, Ohio. The family moved to Hanoverton in 1940 and Dorothy resided there until 2018 when she moved to Green Meadows.

She was a 1952 graduate of Lisbon David Anderson High School. On the senior class trip to Washington D.C., she and fellow classmate, Robert A. (Bob) Ward, had their first official date. They were married August 13, 1953 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. They lived in Hanoverton and started their family. While the children were small, Dorothy was a stay at home mom.

Dorothy and Bob owned Ward Printing for about 50 years. They provided printed products for customers, including local businesses, service clubs, political candidates and United Local Schools. Dorothy worked as the business manager at Lewis Chevrolet-Buick in Lisbon from 1968 to 1981. While there, she received many awards from the Cleveland Zone of Chevrolet for her excellence in financial accounting and timely reporting. One year, as the top business manager for the zone, she was awarded an all-expenses paid trip for two to Las Vegas. Dorothy also worked at Weyant Paint and Wallcovering in Salem as the business manager from 1981 until the store closed. A true jack-of-all-trades, she ran the retail store, assisted customers, ordered inventory, restocked shelves and kept the coffee pot going.

As an active member of the Hanoverton Presbyterian Church, Dorothy served as a Sunday School teacher, helped with Vacation Bible School and sang in the adult choir. Dorothy was instrumental in the weekly Youth Club founded by the congregation in the mid-1960s, initially running the kitchen for the supper meal provided to all participants. In its heyday, the Youth Club had 125 children attending weekly. Eventually Dorothy was asked to take over as Youth Club director and also provide the classroom instruction for the 8th grade class preparing for Confirmation. In recognition of her leadership skills, Dorothy was asked and installed, as an Elder of the congregation, the first woman to be chosen for this role in the congregation.

In addition to her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Robert A. (Bob) Ward on March 3, 2012 and her two brothers, Vinson V. Weyant and William G. (Bill) Weyant. 

She is survived by her children, Susan (Tom) Drotleff of Salem, Peggy Mix and Becky Crawford, of Hanoverton, Vinson (Leslie) Ward and Sandra (Bruce) Tedeschi, of Kensington; 11 grandchildren, Beth Mix (Josh) Swogger, Steven (Kimberly) Mix, Christine Mix (Larry) Firth, Mark Drotleff, Melanie Drotleff  (Mike) Hughes, Chelsea Crawford (Josh) Sanders, Kaleb (Laura) Ward, Jacob Ward, Megan Collopy (Arthur Greeneisen), Matthew (Brandi) Tedeschi and Haylie Tedeschi (Ben) Cooper; 18 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in law, Diane Dornon Weyant, Diane Mussick Weyant and Vera Ward (Robert) Erasmus and numerous nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held at Stark Memorial Funeral Home on Wednesday evening, May 11, 2022 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Thursday morning, May 12, 2022 at the Hanoverton Presbyterian Church from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

The funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 12, at the church with Pastor Tom Allmon officiating. A luncheon will be held at the church following the service.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hanoverton Presbyterian Church, 10226 Plymouth Street, Hanoverton, OH 44423.

If unable to attend you may show your support by joining our complimentary “Hugs from Home” program where your message will be attached to a balloon in the chapel to remind the family of your love and support at www.starkmemorial.com/hugs-from-home.

To send flowers or condolences, visit www.starkmemorial.com.

A television tribute will air Wednesday, May 11 at the following approximate times: 7:10 a.m. on FOX, 12:22 p.m. on WKBN, 5:08 p.m. on MyYTV and 7:27 p.m. on WYTV.