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Dorothy Mellits Gloninger
January 19, 2023
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Dorothy Mellits Gloninger passed away peacefully on January 19, 2023. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister-in-law, aunt, friend to so many, and true model of faith, humility, generosity, and devotion. Dorothy was born in Pittsburgh on November 7, 1929 to Morris Mellits and Mary Walsh O’Brien. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, David Gloninger, and her brothers- and sisters-in-law, Jim and Peggy Gloninger, Hugh McMullen Gloninger, George and Mimi Fleury, and Denis McAuley. She is survived by her children, David and Lori Gloninger, Mary Anne (Gloninger) and Michael Christ, John and Gemma Gloninger, Rebecca Gloninger, and Catherine (Gloninger) and Emory Ellis, her sister-in-law Anne McAuley, and her 14 grandchildren, who were her greatest source of joy – Allison, Amanda, Abigail, and Aliza Gloninger; Emily, Ryan, and Anna Christ; Angela, John Mauro, and Francesco Gloninger; and Megan, Declan, Annie, and Emory David Ellis. Known as Dorothy, Dorth, Dottie, Millie, and her favorite – Nana -- she loved the city of Pittsburgh, vacations in Stone Harbor, doughnuts, snow days, the Steelers, the Pirates, and “playing bridge” with friends, but above all else she loved David, her husband of 46 years. Together, they raised five children and enjoyed their grandchildren, laughing with their friends, and being active members of their faith communities at St. James and St. Bede parishes. A devout Catholic, Dorothy’s memories of her time at St. Philomena and Mount Mercy were paramount in her life. She found such joy in arranging the flowers for the altar as a parishioner at St. Bede, doing crafts with the Sisters of Mercy at Carlow College, being a member of St. Lucy’s Auxiliary for the Blind, and volunteering with Angel’s Closet. Friends will be received on Sunday, January 22, 2023 from 1:00–5:00 p.m. at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS, INC., (freyvogelfuneralhome.com), 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, January 23, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Bede Church (St. Mary Magdalene parish), Pittsburgh, PA. Remembrances may be made to St. Mary Magdalene Parish.