Dorothy Mae McCarley, 92, Leavenworth, passed away, March 14, 2020. She was born Jan. 29, 1928, in Cleveland, Ohio to the late Charles and Franciska (Sincovits) Petrie.
After graduating from Lutheran School of Nursing in 1950, Dorothy began her 45 year career as a surgical Nurse in Cleveland.
Two years into her career and during the Korean War, Dorothy met and married Norman McCarley, a Marine Corps Sergeant. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Charles Petrie; a sister, Dolly (Petrie) Platten; and a granddaughter, Amanda Kay (Hannon) Hopkins.
Dorothy’s passions included her nursing career, traveling to visit her daughter’s military centered family wherever they were stationed, reading many books, enjoying classical, military and big band era music, shopping and eating at her favorite places. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and later in life, her great-grandchildren. Dorothy was particularly fond of dogs, she had many dogs growing up and was close to of all her daughters dogs.
She is survived by her only daughter, Lora (McCarley) Hannon and her son-in-law, Francis Michael Hannon; two grandsons, Daniel and Joshua Hannon; two great-grandchildren, Delaney Maxwell and James Hopkins; as well as several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Dorothy believed whole heartedly in God and Country. She was a staunch supporter of our military and especially proud of all our family members who served honorably. Although Dorothy was a private person, her kind and caring ways were always at the heart of her personality, however she was still feisty and had a heart like a lion and a will like an iron.
The Hannon family would like to recognize VITAS Hospice Care with our deepest appreciation for three years of outstanding service to Dorothy. We thank them for always going above and beyond expectations, bringing with them positive attitudes, warm smiles, expertise and professionalism.
A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2020, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Inurnment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.