Dorothy Lynn Dakan Sedosky, 91, of Moundsville W.Va. and Roseby’s Rock W.Va., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at her home on Curtis Avenue, Moundsville. She had been in declining health for more than two years.
Born in Roseby’s Rock on January 1, 1924, she was the third child of the late George B. and Eliza Kull Dakan.
She and her two brothers, George Bruce, Jr. and Kenneth Eugene, and her sister, Dollye Lee, grew up in Roseby’s Rock, where they attended the 2-room, Roseby’s Rock Grade School and the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Dorothy was a 1941 graduate of Moundsville High School. While in school, she worked in her aunt’s store, Kull’s Fashion Shop. Following graduation, she worked at Kull’s, as well as for the C & P Telephone Company. She later worked as a secretary at various Marshall County schools. In 1984, she received a Regents Degree from West Liberty State College.
Locally, as well as throughout West Virginia, Dorothy Dakan Sedosky was admired, respected and appreciated for her life-long commitment to public service, including the preservation of the history and genealogy of Marshall County and beyond. She was the leading authority on the history and spelling of Roseby’s Rock, where she has maintained her ancestral home. She published a comprehensive book about her family, which included an 83-page article about Roseby’s Rock.
A tireless volunteer of the Marshall County Historical Society, Dorothy was named the society’s “History Hero” in 2007. The award is presented by the West Virginia Division of Culture & History to “individuals who go beyond the call of duty to ensure the success of local history, genealogy, preservation…. ”
As a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Moundsville, she taught Sunday school and served on the Board of Deacons. She was a former regent in the Daughters of the American Revolution. Over the years, she was a 4-H Counselor, a Girl Scout Leader, and a member of the Moundsville Garden Club. She served on the Marshall County Landmarks Commission, the Marshall County Democratic Executive Committee, and the Marshall County Activities Development Authority.
Dorothy devoted her life to her faith, family, friends, community, and country. She will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched.
In addition to her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by her brothers, Kenneth E. “Gene” Dakan and George B. Dakan, Jr., her nephew, Frank Guzek, Jr., and her niece, Larece Guzek Wilson.
Surviving are Dorothy’s children, Samuel Dakan Rita Sedosky, of Moundsville, W.Va., Maxine Lee Robert Wayson, of Camden, Del., and John Lafferty Deborah Sedoski of Wheeling; one sister, Dollye Guzek, of Moundsville; five grandchildren, Arron Denise Wayson of Dover, Del., Ryan Kristy Wayson of Vanderberg Air Force Base, Calif., Samuel Amy Sedosky of Weston, W.Va., Timothy Catherine Sedosky of Charleston, W.Va., and John Helenia Sedoski Jr. of Morgantown, W.Va.; seven great-grandchildren, Kinley Sedosky of Weston, W.Va., Madison Sedosky of Charleston, W.Va., Ella Sedosky of Charleston, W.Va.; Haddie Lynn Sedoski of Morgantown, W.Va., Gabriella Wayson of Dover, Del., Zachary Wayson of Vanderberg Air Force Base, Calif.; and Ethan Wayson of Tyndell Air Force Base Fla.; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Dianna Magers and Linda Goddard.
Friends will be received on Friday, May 15, 2015 from 6-8 pm at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 118 Grant Avenue, Moundsville, and on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 10 am until time of funeral service at 11 am at the First Presbyterian Church, Moundsville, with Rev. Tim Wilt officiating.
Interment will follow in Greenview Cemetery, Moundsville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Valley Hospice, 10686 State Route 150, Rayland, Ohio 43943.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.altmeyer.com
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