Dorothy H. Spaetzel, 85 of Avon Lake, OH passed away Thursday, March 24, 2022. She was born November 5, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois to parents Charles and Lelia (nee Reeves) Romano.
After her family moved a few times early in her life, Dorothy was mostly raised in Sheffield Lake and was a 1955 graduate of Brookside High School. She was proud to have maintained many friendships throughout her life with her high school friends, especially with two groups dubbed the "Brookside Girls" and the "Birthday Club". Dorothy was a member of the Avon Lake United Church of Christ since May of 1964. A homemaker for many years while her sons were young, she also enjoyed her years working at Stella's Pizza in Avon Lake. Dorothy and her husband Dick opened their Avon Lake homes to others, including being the foster parents to two daughters. She enjoyed collectibles, reading, bowling, and watching and feeding the birds in her yard. Above all, family was most important to her, particularly spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and hosting family for home-cooked holiday meals.
Dorothy is survived by her loving sons Steve (Sue), Mark (Christine) and Matt (Nicole); adoring grandchildren Crystal (C.J.) Chrosniak, Karie (Ray) Loeser, Danielle (Dominic) Mauer, Nicole Spaetzel, Carl Spaetzel, Kurt Spaetzel, Anthony Spaetzel, Jayden Spaetzel, Isabella Spaetzel, Liliana Spaetzel and Juliette Spaetzel; and great-grandchildren Anakah, Rayna, Lucas, Giovanni, Johnny, Lorenzo and Daniel. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 65 years, Richard Spaetzel; her parents; grandson Ryan, and siblings Charles, Lucille, William and Hazel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be forwarded to the Alzheimer's Association 23215 Commerce Park, Ste 300, Beachwood, OH 44122 or at www.alz.org
Friends may call Sunday, April 3, 2022 from 4:00pm - 7:00pm for a visitation at Busch Funeral Home 163 Avon Belden Rd., Avon Lake, OH 44012. Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 4, 2022 at the Avon Lake UCC 32801 Electric Blvd, Avon Lake, OH 44012 at 10am. Interment to follow at the Lakewood Park Cemetery. www.buschcares.com 440.933.3202