Dorothy Pieroway

Rhody Family Funeral Home

Dorothy Myrtle was born in Humbermouth, Newfoundland on December 7, 1927 to parents Archibald and Catherine "Jane" (Wall) Green. She was the eldest of six children and in time welcomed younger siblings Harold Franklyn (1929), Reta Helen (1930), Ruby Eileen (1932), a baby that died in infancy (1933) and Robert Pierce (1936). In this time Newfoundland had no public school system so Dorothy and her siblings attended a United Church School in town. She left school around 16 and began working as a seamstress.

It was during this time that she was introduced to one Joseph "Edwin" Pieroway. Edwin was from St. George's and came to meet Dorothy as their families knew each other. They soon began dating and were eventually married on November 23, 1946 in Halifax. Edwin was six years Dorothy's senior and was enrolled with the Navy from 1939 - 1946. After leaving the armed forces the newlyweds settled in Halifax for a while before returning to St. George's. They welcomed their daughter Brenda in 1947. Edwin worked as a stationary engineer and specialized in rebuilding power plants, so the family followed his work opportunities.

The Pieroways moved to Marathon, Ontario in 1951. A few years later Brenda, along with her parents, welcomed her younger brother, Bruce, in 1954. The family made a quick stop in Brantford in 1959 before moving on to London in 1960. Here Dorothy re-entered the workforce, taking a job opportunity with Kmart. She started in the stockroom, however through the years worked her way through the credit department until she became credit manager. The family moved to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia in 1970, where Dorothy relocated to a local Kmart. She remained with the company until 1976. In 1977 the family moved back to St. George's for a couple of years, before heading back to Ontario and settling in Lindsay. Edwin retired in 1986, and the two moved north to Chesley. Here the two settled into retirement and the community. Dorothy became involved with the Chesley Seniors, Chesley Hospital Women's Auxiliary and Women's Institute, often rising through the ranks and even acting as President for awhile.

When not caring for her family, Dorothy enjoyed expressing her creative talents. Her needlework was second-to-none and she spent countless hours knitting and tatting, an appreciation and talent she eventually passed down to Brenda. Dorothy also enjoyed painting in her younger years, as well as getting outdoors and gardening. She always kept a large garden and enjoyed spending time nurturing and caring for her bright flowerbeds. This passion led her to often enter her flowers in the Chesley Fall Fair. Dorothy also loved her music. She sang with enthusiasm as well as playing the spoons and mouth organ. She always had her spoons close by and would often jump at an opportunity to get them out and play. She loved music that originated from back home, in Newfoundland, as well as older country and big band. Christmas was always a huge deal to Dorothy as it was an opportunity for her to reconnect with her family. Her two grandsons were the apple of her eye; however, she was very close and committed to her extended family, always trying to keep up with the happenings in her nieces and nephews’ lives. When time allowed for it, Dorothy enjoyed television. She loved game shows, particularly Truth or Consequences, and the likes of Bonanza, Ed Sullivan and Days of our Lives. Her favourite dishes were also influenced by her upbringing in Newfoundland as she always enjoyed fresh lobster, Jigg's Dinner and salt cod and scrunchions.

Dorothy was a funny, loving, yet feisty woman, who loved to play practical jokes. She loved to make people laugh and had her own laugh that you would not forget. She approached many things in life with humour and was very committed to her family. Given her life experiences and the era in which she lived, Dorothy learned early and quickly in life the art of adapting. This was the case in 1997 when Edwin became sick and the two moved to Brampton to be closer to family and better health care. Sadly, Edwin died on June 30, 1997 and Dorothy was forced to adapt once again. She remained in the city, living with family, until 2007 when the entire Pieroway family returned to Chesley. By this time Dorothy was, unfortunately, experiencing short term memory loss as dementia began to set in. Bruce, Brenda, and Ian were able to care for her at home until she suffered a stroke in 2014. She then required more care and soon called Parkview Manor home. Here she quickly settled in with staff and residents, as her dementia could not mask her humour. She continued to bring laughter and smiles to all those around her.

Sadly, in recent weeks her health took a turn for the worse and she died on Saturday, August 31, 2019, surrounded by her family, at Parkview Manor, in her 92nd year.

Loving mother of Brenda and her husband Ian Scott and Bruce Pieroway. Cherished grandmother of Glenn and Adam. Dorothy will be forever remembered by her sister Reta Tizzard, sisters-in-law Joan Green and Ina McLeod as well as many nieces, nephews and their families. She was predeceased by her husband Edwin, brothers Harold, Robert, sister Ruby and her parents Archibald and Catherine Jane (Wall) Green.

Please join Dorothy's family for a casual, celebration of her life at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Monday, September 9, 2019 from 3 - 6 p.m., as we share memories of a woman who always enjoyed a good laugh and being surrounded by her family and friends. Dorothy's cremated remains will be interred back at home in St. Mary The Virgin Anglican Cemetery in St. George's, Newfoundland.

Memorial donations to the Chesley Hospital Foundation, Parkview Manor Residents Fund or Alzheimer Society would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Ann Geertsma and Jeff Rolls
September 6, 2019
Our deepest condolences to all of you.
September 5, 2019
My deepest condolences to the family. Dorothy was a wonderful lady and made lots of people laugh. She will be missed by all that have cared for her and got to know her. God Bless
Catherine Krause
September 5, 2019
Our deepest sympathy to families. Dorothy will always be remembered by Dorian and I .
Eric and Sandy Weatherall
September 2, 2019
We extend our deepest sympathies to the Pieroway family at this difficult time. Treasure the Memories!

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