Dorothy Treshman, 82, bookkeeper

October 30, 2005|By LIZ F. KAY | LIZ F. KAY,SUN REPORTER

Dorothy Marie Treshman, a former Hutzler's employee who volunteered at a Wyman Park hospital for 45 years, died of kidney failure Thursday at Franklin Woods Center in Baltimore County. She was 82 and had lived in Carney.

Born Dorothy Marie Sipes in Halethorpe, she graduated from Seton High School in Baltimore in 1941. A year later, she married Donald Joseph Treshman Sr., who had enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and they moved to Texas, Florida and Pittsburgh, said her daughter, Mary Kathleen DeVage of Carney.

They returned to Maryland, where Mr. Treshman worked as a bricklayer. Mrs. Treshman was a bookkeeper at Hutzler's department store in downtown Baltimore until the late 1950s.

A vow made after an accident prompted Mrs. Treshman to commit more than 29,000 hours of volunteer hours to a Wyman Park hospital.

As a 6-year-old, Mrs. DeVage cut her leg so badly that physicians wondered whether she would ever walk again. However, Mrs. Treshman, a devout Roman Catholic, promised to volunteer in a hospital so her daughter would heal properly.

Mrs. DeVage said her mother worked as a "Gray Lady" for the Red Cross, reading mail to blind and injured servicemen at what was then known as the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in Wyman Park.

She also opened a gift shop at the hospital and served as its volunteer manager and buyer, working two days a week until it closed in 2002.

Mrs. Treshman received recognition for her service, including a WJZ-TV "Gold Salute" and a citation from the Baltimore mayor's office.

The family lived in several areas of Baltimore County including Overlea and Hamilton Park. She helped raise funds to build St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church in Parkville and served as a Cub Scout leader and Catholic Youth Organization leader there, Mrs. DeVage said.

She was an avid card player and taught canasta to two great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Treshman also enjoyed listening to her grandson, Glenn DeVage, play the acoustic guitar - especially one song. "She always said to him, `No matter when I die, no matter what time of year it is, I want to hear `Silent Night,'" Mrs. DeVage said. Her grandson played the song for her on the day she died.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church in Parkville.

In addition to her husband and daughter, she is survived by a son, Donald Joseph Treshman Jr. of Baltimore; a brother, Kenneth Sipes of New Freedom, Pa.; a sister, Olga Kessler of Brooklet, Ga.; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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