Dorothy Mahoney of Camden, S.C., entered into eternal rest on June 22, 2012, with one hand holding her rosary, and the other resting lightly on her beloved dog, Sadie.
A visitation with family will follow a Rosary Service conducted by the Rev. Father Francis Travis on June 25, 2012 at 7 p.m. at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Mrs. Mahoney’s remains will be taken to her longtime home, Washington Court House, Ohio, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Father Jan Sullivan at St. Colman of Cloyne Catholic Church at a later date. Interment will follow in St. Colman Cemetery, where she will join her loving husband, Bart, who predeceased her in 2008.
Mrs. Mahoney was born December 12, 1923, in Aurora, Illinois, daughter of the late Peter and Helen Sibenaller, and sister to surviving siblings, Francis Sibenaller, Jerome Sibenaller, and Marianne (Joe) Reier. She was predeceased by siblings, Walter Sibenaller, Richard Sibenaller and Robert Sibenaller. This close and loving family set the living examples of faith, hope, and charity, which were Mrs. Mahoney’s driving forces throughout her life of caring, kindness, service to others, intense faith in God, devotion to the Holy Family, and boundless love for her own family.
Prior to World War II, she worked as a graphic artist and copy editor for her hometown newspaper, and during the war years she joined the throngs of the working force to manufacture critical needs for the war effort. Hers was a particularly personal assignment with Howard Aircraft, as her then fiancé Bart, was serving in the Army Air Corps as a B-17 pilot. She occasionally commented on her gratitude to the factory workers who kept him flying safely by tightening those bolts with an extra turn. Although he was shot down and imprisoned in a German Prisoner of War Camp, he returned home after liberation, married his sweetheart, and shared 63 years of wondrous love together.
She raised her children, Bart (Kathleen) Mahoney of Granville, OH, Paddy (Rick) Bell of Camden, S.C., and Danny (Kathy) Mahoney of Hilliard, OH, in Washington Court House, Ohio, devoting her time, energy, and talents to their needs and activities. Mrs. Mahoney was a dedicated volunteer throughout her life with various service organizations, including the Lioness Club, the Women of St. Colman Church, American Legion Auxillary, Meals on Wheels, and Library Buddies. She enjoyed golf, ceramics, sewing, quilting, crocheting blankets for the natal unit of the hospital, and carefully tending her vegetable garden. She was a Blue Ribbon winner for many of those vegetables as well as her famous chocolate chip cookies. She also was employed as an occupational therapy assistant for special needs’ adults at Fayette County Progressive Industries.
In 2003, Mrs. Mahoney and her husband moved to Camden, S.C. where she was an ambassador with the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Hospital Auxillary, and a volunteer with Meals on Wheels until her health prevented her from continuing. She was a member of the Monday Morning Ladies Circle and the Lively Ones at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. She enjoyed accompanying her daughter to many Camden Garden Club and DAR meetings where her beautiful smiling face was always welcomed.
Besides her children, Mrs. Mahoney is survived by grandchildren, Ryan (Angie) Lisk, Erin Mahoney, Megan (Bill) Rinehart, Matt and Brian Mahoney, Kevin Kidd, Heather (Tim) Poell, Christy (Dwayne) Jefferson, great-grandchildren Keensley and Griffin Lisk, Kayleigh and Kendyl Mahoney, Jacob, Cameron, and Brady Rinehart, and Eli Jefferson, as well as many grand-dogs and grand-cats. She will be greatly missed by her devoted dog, Sadie, who never left her side throughout her months of physical challenges.
Mrs. Mahoney was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. Her childlike innocence, purity of spirit, and love for life will be cherished forever by those who loved and knew her. Special thanks is extended to caregivers, Paula and Ethel, and the entire Hospice staff of KershawHealth, especially Renda, Hope, and Sarah. She also wanted all to know of her special gratitude to Paddy and Rick who cared for her with love, passion, and tenderness.
Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 1709 Lyttleton St., Camden, SC 29020, St. Colman of Cloyne Catholic Church, 219 S. North St., Washington C.H. Ohio, 43160, or to KershawHealth Hospice, 2001 W. DeKalb St., Camden, SC 29020.
Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of local arrangements for the Mahoney family.
Online condolences may be sent to the Mahoney family by visiting www.kornegayfuneral.com.