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Dolores M. DavisDolores M. (Strogin) Davis, age 81, of Kittanning, PA., passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital.
She was born on March 3, 1931 in Cleveland, OH to Frank and Frances (Shok) Strogin.
Dolores was a 1949 graduate of Jane Addams Vocational High School in Cleveland, OH. She moved to Kittanning in 1953 and called the area her home ever since. She was a previous line worker for Schenley Distillery until the plant was closed and later worked for 16 years as a counselor and legal advocate for HAVIN, Inc. until her retirement in the September of 2002. Dolores was a member of St. Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Kittanning and belonged to the church's former September Club. She also served as a past teacher aide at the former St. Mary's School and was an original member of the St. Mary's School Board.
Dolores was very active in the community and served as the past president of both the Kittanning Senior High Mothers Athletic Club and the Butler chapter of Parents Without Partners, a former den mother for Cub Scout Pack #616, and a former board member of the East Franklin Boy Scout Troop. Her more recent memberships included the West Kittanning Senior Citizens Club and the AARP. In her spare time, Dolores enjoyed reading, gardening and bird watching, and she crocheted over 70 beautiful afghans that she shared with family and friends. Dolores also collected souvenir spoons and proudly displayed her collection that included spoons from all 50 states and over 80 foreign countries.
The prevention of domestic violence was a cause dear to Dolores' heart and she was instrumental in establishing the Domestic Violence Task Force in Armstrong County. She also helped create the county's Pro-Se System, which is used for the protection from abuse orders. Because of her work with HAVIN, Inc., in 1998 Dolores was the recipient of the National Sunshine Peace Award for working against the intolerance of domestic violence. In 1999, the United States Department of Justice recognized Dolores for her continuing effort to aid survivors of domestic violence; in the following years she received an award from the Office of Victims Rights and various awards from the Criminal Justice System.
Despite her many accomplishments, Dolores always counted her greatest achievement as raising seven children as a single parent. Her family will always remember her constant devotion to them, and her hard-working and loving spirit will be greatly missed.
Her memory will be cherished by her sons, Alan Davis and wife, Melanie, of Kittanning, Danny Davis and wife, Nancy of Kokomo, IN, Frank Davis and wife, Jamie, of Ford City, Ronald "Tim" Davis and wife, Tawny, of Elizabethtown, PA, and Darren Davis, of Kittanning; daughters, Donna Nevling, of Willoughby, OH, and Kathleen DiGiacomo and husband, Thomas, of Butler; 24 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brother, Richard Strogin and wife, Barb, of New Port Richey, FL; and sister, Carol Ann Acevedo and husband, Jim, of Cleveland, OH.
She was preceded in death by her parents; infant great-grandson, Ryan Willetts; and son-in-law, Raymond Nevling.
The family will receive friends from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 PM on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at the Bauer Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 515 North McKean St., Kittanning.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 AM on Friday, June 1, 2012 at St. Mary, Our Lady Guadalupe Church, 101 High St., Kittanning, with the Reverend Douglas E. Dorula as celebrant.
Interment will be at Holy Trinity Cemetery in Manor Twp., Armstrong Co.
Memorial contributions may be made to HAVIN, Inc., P.O. Box 983, Kittanning, PA 16201.
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