Victims remembered by friends, family

November 25, 2002|by PEPPER BALLARD and MARLO BARNHART

A two-car accident early Sunday near Cearfoss claimed the life of a well-loved local woman and a family's eldest son.

Wendy Marie Dorsey, 27, was driving to work at about 3:45 a.m. on Md. 494 when another driver veered his car into her lane, hit her head-on and killed her, police said.

In Greencastle, Pa., the Rhoe family gathered to mourn the loss of its eldest son, Larry Eugene, 43, the driver of the second vehicle in the fatal accident.

Dorsey's husband, Gregory Bronson Dorsey, 30, said she was an excellent wife and mother, but said there were so many other things he loved about her, too.


"I don't think you've got enough paper in that place," he said.

The Dorseys, of 14015 Rockdale Road in Clear Spring, were married for 21/2 years and had a son, Austin Greg Dorsey, who is 16 months old.

Gregory Dorsey said Austin's birth was one of the happiest memories he has of Wendy, who also had a 7-year-old daughter, Ariel Danielle Bragunier, from a previous marriage.

She enjoyed spending time with her children, Dorsey said.

"She played with them and gave them a lot of love and attention," he said.

Dorsey said his wife liked to listen to country music, particularly the songs of Blake Shelton.

And she would have watched the movie "Steel Magnolias" every day if she had the time, he said.

But Wendy Dorsey had little spare time. Her husband said she worked 70 to 80 hours last week at World Kitchen near Greencastle, Pa.

She would go into work at 4 a.m. and come back home at around 2:30 p.m. Dorsey said she then would play with the children until she made one of his many favorite dinners.

"Cincinnati Spaghetti," made with seasonings one can buy only in the Ohio city, and "Dreamsicle Cake," a pie made with whipped cream and orange pudding, were on Dorsey's immediate list of favorites.

She also liked to crochet. She made Indian dolls, picture frames and Christmas ornaments that are on display throughout the house, he said.

Dorsey's aunt, Sherry Weltz, 42, had trouble thinking about a woman she said will be greatly missed.

"We just had a great time at the Halloween parade," Weltz said.

Her father-in-law, Gregory Reno Dorsey, 47, said, "She was a very hardworking girl."

Wendy Dorsey was born in Texas but went to school at Greencastle-Antrim High School. Dorsey never graduated, but she wanted to get her GED so she could become a nurse or work in a day-care facility.

In Greencastle, Rhoe's sister Donna Harbaugh said the four siblings were very close.

"I'd see Larry quite often," Harbaugh said, noting that she lives in nearby Waynesboro, Pa. The other siblings include another brother and sister.

A spokesman at the Miller-Bowersox Funeral Home in Greencastle said Rhoe's parents were in Florida when notified of their son's death.

"They were on vacation, having just arrived there Saturday morning," Harbaugh said Sunday. She said that was a very hard telephone call to make.

A 1977 graduate of Greencastle-Antrim High School, Rhoe turned 43 on Nov. 1, Harbaugh said.

"We are all within two years of each other, but I was the baby and Larry was the big brother of all of us," Harbaugh said.

Rhoe was employed as the accountant for the Eagles Club in Hagerstown, Harbaugh said. He also worked at Goodwill Athletic Club on Mulberry Street, she said.

While Rhoe had no children of his own, he was very involved in the lives of his six nephews and one niece, Harbaugh said.

"They range in age from 21/2 years to 16," she said.

Maryland State Police are investigating the accident.

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