Dorothy J. Schweizer

April 5, 1925 - October 11, 2008

04/05/1925 - 10/11/2008

Past Services

Monday October 13, 2008
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Wheeling Chapel
1400 Eoff St.
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-232-0330 | Directions
Tuesday October 14, 2008
St. Marys Cemetery
Martins Ferry, OH
Tuesday October 14, 2008
10:00 am
St. Alphonsus Catholic Church
2111 Market Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
304 232-4353 | Directions
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Wheeling Chapel
1400 Eoff St.
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-232-0330 | Directions

SCHWEIZER, Dorothy Jean Morris, 83, of Wheeling, WV, died Saturday, October 11, 2008.
Dorothy was born April 5, 1925 in Bridgeport, OH, a daughter of the late Charles and Vera Bowery Morris.
She is retired from Plastic Surgery, Inc. and Blue-Cross, Blue Shield of WV, a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church and the former Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, Wheeling.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, William Frederick Schweizer in November 2004, an infant brother, Charles Morris.
Surviving is her nine children, Mary Lee Dennis Porter of Wheeling; Jeanne Anthony Blake of Stoneboro, PA; Nancy William Carroll of Butler, PA; Frederick Bonnie Schweizer of Iverness, FL; William Deborah Schweizer of Wheeling; Frank Schweizer of Martins Ferry, OH; John Schweizer of Wheeling; Dorothy Murphy of Wheeling; George Janet Schweizer Kingsley, W. Australia; 2 sisters, Nancy George Rohrer of Prescott, AZ; Mary John Adams of Canton, OH; 22 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren
Friends received 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1400 Eoff Street, Wheeling, where Vigil Services will be held at 7:30 p.m.
Funeral Liturgy and Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 14, 2008 in St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Wheeling, with Rev. Frank O’Kruta as celebrant.
Interment in St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery, Martins Ferry, OH.
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Bowman Family
8 years ago

Dear Blue, Nancy and Families

We are all thinking of you at this time. Your Mum was an awesome lady. Her and our Mum will be having a laugh and a chat.

Bowman Family

Melissa Marroquin
8 years ago

Dorothy Schewizer was one special, one of a kind lady.

There was something truly wonderful about her.

She had a way of always making everyone around her feel special and loved.

It did not matter if they were her family or not. Neighborhood kids, visiting priests, or anyone else who needed a place to stay and eat a good meal was always welcome.

As a matter of fact, if you did not eat a meal when you were at her house she seemed offended.

You would think that a lady with 9 kids, 22 grandchildren, and 19 great grandchildren would have a hard time making all of her family feel loved, but that was not the case.

She had a way of making everyone around her feel important and loved by her. She showed her love by sending cards for birthdays and anniversaries, showing up at a game or band concert, cooking a special meal, and always putting forth the extra effort to make things special.

Her greatness shows up in her family. We all have our imperfections,but inside every Schweizer has been taught compassion, forgiveness, kindness, loyalty, and charity. When one Schweizer is down, someone in the family steps up to help in one way or another. I was never more proud of the Schweizer family than these last few weeks. It is terrible times that show the character of this family. With all of the stress and pain, there was much tolerance. Everyone seemed to put the needs of their brother, sister, or gram first before their own. This is what she has taught us. She taught us to help and love one and other.

She was one Strong lady. Growing up during the Great Depression taught her how to stretch a dollar and live well without a lot of money. She could travel the country on a shoestring budget, with a station wagon packed full of kids and coolers. And she was talented enough to cook a hot meal in a hotel room, I will never forget those cans of Spaghetti O’s warmed up in the sink!

Her service in the Navy during World War II showed her commitment to her country. She was a brave woman and not afraid to stand up for what she believed in.

She would travel the world to see her family. When her health allowed, it was nothing for her to hop a flight to Vegas, California, Boston, Texas, and even Australia. She always did her best to make sure she was there for special occasions. And when she showed up she was the life of the party, dressed to kill in her party dress and fancy high heels. She always had a good joke or an ornery remark that would make even a Marine blush.

She loved my pap and has missed him since he passed. I loved to hear them singing together to cassettes in the old station wagon, or tapping their feet to a drum and bugle corps, or yelling at the TV during a Notre Dame game. Her life revolved around her husband and her family and now she will be watching all of us from heaven and dancing “Cheek to Cheek” with pap.

We all love and miss you so much Gram. You were beautiful in every way and one of a kind.

Tracey Lusk
8 years ago


You are in my prayers. God Bless all of you.

Carrie Sacco
8 years ago

Dorothy,Mary Lee & Family, So sorry for the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kimberly Willis
8 years ago


You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Schedule Star

Matt, Kathy and Ashleigh Carroll
8 years ago

Grandma Dorothy brought a smile to everyone’s face that knew her. She was a legacy, never to be forgotten. She taught us all so much, and will always remain in our hearts. May God protect her and bless her as she rest in peace next to the love of her life.

Denice Edgell Bowers
8 years ago

I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Dorothy was my supervisor at MSBCBS when I started long ago and I just loved her. It didn’t take long to realize we also were connected by the musician picnics in elm grove where as a child I thought she and your father were awsome…….they made the sawdust pile and everything, even more fun. My father Jim Edgell, was the member. I will always have a place in my heart for her. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

Frank & JUdy Oden
8 years ago

Jeanne and Family,

We are sorry we can not be there for the funeral. Our very best to everyone and God Bless.

Jennifer Stephens-Wagner
8 years ago

Mary Lee & Holly

So very sorry about your loss. My thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy are with you and your family at this difficult time.

Matt Jones
8 years ago

Mary Lee,Holly and Family,

May God Bless You in this very difficult time. Our prayers are with you. God Bless

8 years ago


While it was tough to see you in pain, I will always cheerish the special time that we spent together on the night shift. I love and miss you heaps…



Chauncey Hunker
8 years ago

Nancy and Family,

We are thinking of you in your sorrow and wish you strength and comfort in the days ahead. Fill your heart with the wonderful memories of your lovely Mom.

Laurie Loftis
8 years ago


Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. May the memories of the good times always be with you.

Kimberly Rogers
8 years ago


My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during your time of loss. In watching the family video it sure looks as though you are surrounded with much love and support. Take comfort in knowing that your mom is survived by such a wonderful family.

Dave, Ruth, Emily & Joshua Grimm
8 years ago

Nancy, Bill and family,

You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this time of saddness. Take Care and God Bless


Donna Urben
8 years ago

Nancy, Bill and Family; we are so very sorry for the loss of your Mother. You all are in our prayers. Our deepest sympathy.


Donna, Ryan and Haley Urben

Dan & Donna Walton
8 years ago

Our prayers are with you and your family in this time of great sadness. Our God has saved every tear and cares about each of you beyond your expectation. We love you.

Mary Karrasch Smith
8 years ago

Please accept my deepest condolences. All of you will be in my thoughts and prayers. I know how much you all loved your mother. Stay close to each other during this time. God will see you through.


Celeste Eld
8 years ago

Sending my thoughts and prayers

8 years ago

So sorry for the loss of your mother, like someone else said, We new each other all our lives,46 years for me! and we knew where the Schweizer house is! love,hugs,and prayers, Kathleen Brian Scott McNeil

The McNeils from the old N. Huron St.
8 years ago

they left this part out. oops

Frank Sr., Rosalie, Kathleen ,Frank Jr., Mike, and Bruce McNeil our prayers are with you

Larry Zani
8 years ago

To Mary Lee, her siblings and all their families, my sincerest condolences to you on the loss of your mother. I am sure that your gentleness and outreach to others is inherited from your mom and as long as it continues in your life, her presence will always be felt in you and in those whose lives you touch. My best wishes to you in these trying days of your life.

Larry and Lillian Siebieda
8 years ago

To the Schweizer family and especially to Jeanne, Tony, Melissa, Angela, Andrew and David,

We were saddened by what you and your family endured these past weeks and with the passing of your Mother. You have been in our prayers and will remain in them during this time of grief. But we must remember, that she is now at a more beautiful place then she has ever been and rejoined with others she loved as well as us here on earth. We love you, Larry and Lillian

Rick Hickman
8 years ago

Your family is part of the “Island”. My family has grown up with your family for 43 years of my life. We all knew the Schweizer household on North Wabash st. I wish I could have made it to the funeral home. Your family is in my prayers.

Mom, Ron, Rick and Dan