Dorothy Jane Harrer, 90, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Friday, Dec. 24, 2021. She was born Dec. 28, 1930, in Mt. Pleasant Township, a daughter of the late Andrew John Fencil and Edna Susan (Sheets) Fencil.
Dorothy was a loving and devoted mother, grammy and great-grammy. Spending time with her family brought her much joy, be it a family game night or family dinner. Grammy's stuffed peppers were frequently requested. In addition to her role as a homemaker, she serviced vending machines for a number of companies, and for 20 years was a bus driver for Laidlaw. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church of Scottdale, where she was past president of the Clingerman Class and a member of the United Methodist Women. She enjoyed many years of chairing the Christmas Shoebox Ministry and organized the funeral meals, where her scalloped potatoes became famous.
Dorothy enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and camping She was raised on a farm and milked cows alongside her dad and brothers. Her fondest memories were of spending the summers in Guard, Md., at the family's summer home. She was also an avid bingo player and was a member of the Jewel bowling league. She had a love of music, from singing hymns at church to listening to John Denver. Whistling a tune while she tended to her home was a common sound. It brought her great pride that she kept an immaculate house.
She is survived by her loving family, which includes her three children, Richard D. Harrer Jr. and wife, Marcia, Darcy Pallone and husband, Angelo and Dan Harrer and wife, Karen; her grandchildren, Sarah Shipley (Dreyer), Jared Harrer (Chelsey), Andrew Harrer (Jody), Katie Bandemer (James), Eric Harrer (fiancee, Carly Herman) and Jordan Warrick (Melvin); her great-grandchildren, Charlotte, Brock, Harper Sue, Beckett, Adam, Jett, Vance, Easton, Caroline, Felicity Jane and one soon to be expected; a sister, Melva Burkholder; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Fencil and Jessie Fencil; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her children's father, Richard D. Harrer Sr.; and her siblings, Marietta Cramer, Joseph D. "J.D." Fencil, John and Eugene Fencil, Elizabeth Blystone, Carroll Fencil and infant sisters, Ada Peal and Edna Gertrude.
Family and friends are welcome from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at GRAFT-JACQUILLARD FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES INC., 303 Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, where her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Daymond Schmuck officiating. Interment will follow in St. John's Union Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, Scottdale. Online condolences are welcome at www.gjfuneral.com.