Dorothy Lynn Sedosky

January 1, 1924 - May 13, 2015

01/01/1924 - 05/13/2015

Dorothy Lynn Dakan Sedosky, 91, of Moundsville W.Va. and Roseby’s Rock W.Va., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at her home on Curtis Avenue, Moundsville. She had been in declining health for more than two years.
Born in Roseby’s Rock on January 1, 1924, she was the third child of the late George B. and Eliza Kull Dakan.
She and her two brothers, George Bruce, Jr. and Kenneth Eugene, and her sister, Dollye Lee, grew up in Roseby’s Rock, where they attended the 2-room, Roseby’s Rock Grade School and the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Dorothy was a 1941 graduate of Moundsville High School. While in school, she worked in her aunt’s store, Kull’s Fashion Shop. Following graduation, she worked at Kull’s, as well as for the C & P Telephone Company. She later worked as a secretary at various Marshall County schools. In 1984, she received a Regents Degree from West Liberty State College.
Locally, as well as throughout West Virginia, Dorothy Dakan Sedosky was admired, respected and appreciated for her life-long commitment to public service, including the preservation of the history and genealogy of Marshall County and beyond. She was the leading authority on the history and spelling of Roseby’s Rock, where she has maintained her ancestral home. She published a comprehensive book about her family, which included an 83-page article about Roseby’s Rock.
A tireless volunteer of the Marshall County Historical Society, Dorothy was named the society’s “History Hero” in 2007. The award is presented by the West Virginia Division of Culture & History to “individuals who go beyond the call of duty to ensure the success of local history, genealogy, preservation…. ”
As a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Moundsville, she taught Sunday school and served on the Board of Deacons. She was a former regent in the Daughters of the American Revolution. Over the years, she was a 4-H Counselor, a Girl Scout Leader, and a member of the Moundsville Garden Club. She served on the Marshall County Landmarks Commission, the Marshall County Democratic Executive Committee, and the Marshall County Activities Development Authority.
Dorothy devoted her life to her faith, family, friends, community, and country. She will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched.
In addition to her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by her brothers, Kenneth E. “Gene” Dakan and George B. Dakan, Jr., her nephew, Frank Guzek, Jr., and her niece, Larece Guzek Wilson.
Surviving are Dorothy’s children, Samuel Dakan Rita Sedosky, of Moundsville, W.Va., Maxine Lee Robert Wayson, of Camden, Del., and John Lafferty Deborah Sedoski of Wheeling; one sister, Dollye Guzek, of Moundsville; five grandchildren, Arron Denise Wayson of Dover, Del., Ryan Kristy Wayson of Vanderberg Air Force Base, Calif., Samuel Amy Sedosky of Weston, W.Va., Timothy Catherine Sedosky of Charleston, W.Va., and John Helenia Sedoski Jr. of Morgantown, W.Va.; seven great-grandchildren, Kinley Sedosky of Weston, W.Va., Madison Sedosky of Charleston, W.Va., Ella Sedosky of Charleston, W.Va.; Haddie Lynn Sedoski of Morgantown, W.Va., Gabriella Wayson of Dover, Del., Zachary Wayson of Vanderberg Air Force Base, Calif.; and Ethan Wayson of Tyndell Air Force Base Fla.; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Dianna Magers and Linda Goddard.
Friends will be received on Friday, May 15, 2015 from 6-8 pm at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 118 Grant Avenue, Moundsville, and on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 10 am until time of funeral service at 11 am at the First Presbyterian Church, Moundsville, with Rev. Tim Wilt officiating.
Interment will follow in Greenview Cemetery, Moundsville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Valley Hospice, 10686 State Route 150, Rayland, Ohio 43943.
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Kathy Guzek Holpp
8 years ago

Aunt Dorothy lived a full life, and leaving yet another void in the family. She will be greatly missed and life won’t be the same without her. We all carry on, with The Lord with us each step of the way.Until we all meet again.

Nancy Dakan Rackley
8 years ago

Aunt Dorothy was a strong dedicated woman.Her fervent love of history and ancestry will live on in the hearts and minds of family and those she touched.Her legacy will continue forever .We will miss you, Aunt Dorothy.

Kathie Kull
8 years ago

I just happened upon this very sad news. Dorothy was a mentor to me and inspired my interest in genealogy. Every summer when I visited, I would treat her to a meal at Perkins, where she seemed to know everyone by name. I will miss her spunk, her spirit, and her stories.

Mike/Cindy West
8 years ago

Our sincere condolences to you all on your loss. Dorothy was a little lady with a huge personality! She will be missed.

Bonnie Hartley
8 years ago

Sam & Family: So sorry for your loss. Dorothy was one of a kind and such a gracious lady. She loved sharing her talents and history of the Dakan family. I will be unable to attend the viewing as I am homebound with a virus. Heaven just received another angel. May Dorothy RIP.

Jay Knapp
8 years ago

Sam, Bud, and family,

So sorry about your mom. Like many from her generation, Mrs. Sedosky left this small part of the world a better place than when she got here and will be missed by all the lives she touched during her time here. My thoughts and sympathy go out to both of you, your sister, and your mother’s many family members and friends

daniel fritzman
8 years ago

Sam, Max and Bud

I’m sorry for your loss .I know you will miss her I can’t be there for the service I am up in Pa. at my daugther’s. But my thought’s are with you.

Betty Duffy
8 years ago

Sam, Maxine & Bud,

My thoughts and prayers are with you! Your Mom was a lovely lady .. and so involved in the community! I have fond memories of our Senior Scout Trip to Lake Erie and our “Peter and the Wolf” musical! Warm yourselves in all your special family memories … so funny … some sad …and know she is at peace and with her family … filling them in on everything that has happened in Roseby’s Rock!

Becky Allen
8 years ago

So sorry for your loss. I was on total shock when I saw her picture in the paper. I wish I could have made it to see her I sure do miss her my section just isn’t the same. She was a very special lady and I’m so glad to have met her and I’m glad I made her comfortable while she was with us at GSNH and it makes me feel so good knowing that I made a difference to her and how much she appreciated what I did for her. Keep in touch Max you and your family will always be in my thoughts and Prayers. Becky Allen 2N