- Local Guide
Dorothy Divelbiss, 95, North Irwin, died Friday, March 18, 2011, at Redstone Highlands in Greensburg.
She was born June 18, 1915, in Oliveburg, a daughter of the late Clair and Blanche McMillen Lukehart.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert, in 1993.
Mrs. Divelbiss became the first full-time executive secretary of the Irwin Chamber of Commerce in 1967. For 14 years, she alone was the coordinator of the Irwin Community Picnic.
In 1973, she served as head of the women's activities and correlated the complete Bicentennial Year for the Irwin Area. She had also served as secretary of the Chamber's four sub-divisions, which included the Women's Division; the Industrial Division; the Township Association of Businessmen; and the Irwin Retail Merchants Association.
Aside from her profession, Mrs. Divelbiss also participated in many community activities on her own. She was one of the organizers and founders who helped to make the Y.M.C. A. a reality in her area.
She served on the board and was formerly president of the Better Business Women; worked on the Budget Committee for the United Way; was on the Recreation Board and Board of Directors for the North Irwin Playground; and helped organize the Groundhog Club for the Pittsburgh area.
She was a life-time member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Irwin, along with its Peace Circle and Knitting Group.
After retirement, Mrs. Divelbiss enjoyed playing cards with her circle of friends, ceramics and was a volunteer at the former Jeannette District Memorial Hospital.
She is survived by one son, Doug and wife Jane of Glendale, Ariz.; two daughters, Lynn Balego and husband Charles of North Irwin and Nancy Divelbiss of Beaver Falls; one sister, Jane Shaffer of Irwin; two brothers, Richard Lukehart of Pittsburgh and Donald Lukehart of Salem, Va.; five grandchildren, Tye, Tawnie, Tarra, Skip and Katie; and eight great-grandchildren, Cameron, Cierston, Chantall, C. J., Sydnee, Autumn, Bella and Addison.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today and Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Irwin with Rev. Dr. Clifton J. Suehr officiating. Please go directly to the church.
Interment will be at Irwin Union Cemetery.