Dorothy E. O'Malley


February 16, 1927 - July 6, 2014

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Dorothy E. O’Malley (nee Olson), age 87, of Merrillville, Indiana, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 6, 2014.
Dorothy was born to Lester and Elizabeth (Montag-Wolfe) Olson on February 16, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from Bowen High School and worked for several businesses in The Loop before meeting Charles J. “Chuck” O’Malley on a blind date. They were married on December 28, 1951 during a Chicago Blizzard, and settled in Dolton, Illinois, where they raised three children, attended St. Jude Catholic Church and formed life-long friendships. Dorothy worked at the Dolton Library for 13 years and volunteered at the Ingalls Hospital Gift Shop in Harvey, Illinois for 15 years.
Dorothy and Chuck took their first trip to Ireland in 1972 and enjoyed subsequent trips to Great Britain, Spain, Scandinavia, and Hawaii, and many road trips in the US, including touring her fill of Civil War Battlefields. She instilled a love of handicrafts in her daughters and enjoyed listening to Tommy Dorsey and the Irish Rovers. She spent a lifetime perfecting the fudge recipe she learned as a teen and made a mean pot roast “Just like Uncle Glen used to make”. Dorothy shared many colorful stories of her childhood in Chicago during the 1930’s and was interviewed by Merrillville High School students about life during The Great Depression. She was the family genealogist and always knew who was who in old photos of the Olson-Wolfe and O’Malley families.
Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Maureen of Merrillville, IN; son, Kevin of Michigan City, IN; daughter, Kathleen and son-in-law, Doug of Seattle, WA; grandsons: Alec and Ian Guthrie of Seattle, WA; cousins and nephews and their families who are far afield.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her beloved Chuck, who passed in 1988; stillborn granddaughter, Lauren Kathleen Seljan; and many dear cousins and in-laws in the Chicago area.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at St. Anthony Home Chapel, 203 W. Franciscan Drive, Crown Point, IN 46307 at 10:30 AM with Fr. Myron Lowisz officiating.
The O’Malley family would like to thank Dorothy’s friends and their families for a lifetime of sharing and support, and the fine caregivers at St. Anthony Home which was Dorothy’s home since 2011. Dorothy’s final years were spent traveling backwards through her life aided by advancing dementia. Recently she had made it back to her high school years and asked her daughter Maureen if she was on the right corner to catch the streetcar…….last Sunday she was.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Geisen Funeral & Cremation Services in Merrillville, IN.