Dorothy Schwemler Gilkey, 90

June 15, 2009

NOV. 29, 1918-JUNE 13, 2009

Dorothy Schwemler Gilkey, 90, died Saturday, June 13, 2009, at Fahrney-Keedy Home and Village in Boonsboro.

Born Nov. 29, 1918, in Cleveland, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Frank J. and Lillian Wilk Schwemler.

Dorothy graduated from high school in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and attended Kent State University.

She was a beloved children's librarian in both Elyria, Ohio, and in Prince George's County, Md. She also worked as an escort in Colonial Williamsburg.

Much of her life was devoted to serving others through volunteer work at the Smithsonian Institution and the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., as well as at Washington County Hospital and the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown.


Dorothy was preceded in death by her loving husband, John Edward Gilkey.

She is survived by one daughter, Diane Daugherty, and son-in-law, Maurice, of Frederick, Md.; and one son, William J. Gilkey of Houma, La. She is also survived by six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and her many loving caregivers and friends at Fahrney-Keedy Home and Village.

Funeral services will be held privately and at the convenience of the family.

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