Dorothy M. Peluso, 76, assistant buyer for Tuerkes

April 14, 2003

Dorothy M. Peluso, a retired assistant buyer for Tuerkes Inc., died of leukemia Wednesday at her Jacksonville, Fla., home. The former Highlandtown resident, who moved to Florida this year, was 76.

She was born Dorothy Weimer in Baltimore and raised in Dundalk. She attended Baltimore County public schools.

She married Patsy Peluso of Baltimore, an American Smelting and Refinery Co. employee, in 1946.

In the 1940s, she was employed as a factory worker at a Baltimore welding rods manufacturer. She also worked at night cleaning banks and funeral homes while raising her five children.

Mrs. Peluso began her retail career in the 1960s as a clerk. She worked for Irvin's on Eastern Avenue and then for 15 years at Tuerkes, a leather goods and luggage chain, where she was an assistant buyer.

For many years, she traveled annually to New York to purchase goods that were sold in the chain's branch stores. She retired on a medical disability in 1980.

She enjoyed needlepoint, knitting dolls and reading.

Services were held Saturday in Jacksonville.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Peluso is survived by four sons, Kenneth Peluso of Thurmont, Harry Peluso and Ronald Peluso, both of Baltimore, and Richard Peluso of Maple Shade, N.J.; a daughter, Dorothy Harrison of Jacksonville; three brothers, Herbert Weimer and Ronald Gray of Baltimore, and Charles Gray of Boca Raton, Fla.; two sisters, Joann Dignan of Baltimore and Gwendolyn Baughman of Bronson, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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