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Dorothy R. Candelore – Elizabeth Township

Dorothy R. Candelore, 90, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Sunday, April 21, 2024. Born in Belle Vernon, April 15, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Helen Choker Gelotti. She was the wife of the late Norman R. Candelore Sr. for 60 years. before he passed away in January 2015. Dorothy and Norm had a unique love and created a beautiful life full of blessings over the years. She loved people – she was the life of the party and always turned a stranger into a friend with a friendly conversation. She really cared about you and what you had to say, but wasn’t afraid to voice her own opinion either. In 1967, Dorothy had her son, Norman R. Candelore Jr., and he was their pride and joy. She was his biggest fan throughout his football career, from high school through college, and even throughout the rest of her life, she could often be heard saying, “THAT’S MY SON!” with great pride. Dorothy was the face and mouth of the Howell Plan where she lived for over 60 years – some even called her the Mayor of the Howell Plan. Her porch was rarely empty; many neighbors gathered at the corner of Benchoff and Parkwyn in the early evening hours until darkness sent them home. Dorothy loved to clean her house. It is said that her glass doors and windows were so clean that you had to be careful not to walk through them. Even today there are so many comments about how clean 301 Benchoff Street was. Dorothy loved sports, she loved football and would stop everything she was doing to watch a game. It didn’t matter who was playing, she was watching the game or trying to find a game on TV. She volunteered at Jefferson Hospital in the entrance cafeteria for eight years before being recruited by Community Life to manage and oversee the kitchen. After two months of work, the management team named the kitchen “DOROTHY’S ​​​​KITCHEN” and created a special sign that was placed around the kitchen. She was very honored to spend time with the participants and told us so many wonderful stories about those she cared for. Dorothy had a love for the casino. She and her husband, Norm, would win at The Meadows and make a pit stop at their son Norm’s house on the way home with some bonus money and say, “Big winners!” Dorothy is survived by her son, Norman R. Candelore Jr., and his wife, Cindy of Canonsburg; grandchildren, Norm III, Kelsi, Nicolas and Michael; two great-grandchildren; her sister, Elma Peters of Waynesburg; and many nieces and nephews. The Candelore family would also like to express their gratitude and love to nieces, Nancy Palmer and Ginny “Jenny” Candelore, for dedicating their time to ensuring Dorothy was well cared for over the years. She was the personality, the energy, the fun, the protector and the leader that every family needs: the complete package. She will be greatly missed, but we are sure she will never be forgotten as we are all full of positive and happy memories of her. Visitation for Dorothy will be held from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Sunday, April 28, 2024 at GILBERT FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township, 412-751-5000, Drew J. Gilbert, Director. On Monday, there will be an “Open House” style Celebration of Life in honor of Dorothy Candelore at the R-Place restaurant in Elizabeth Township from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM. This is a very special occasion and the Candelore family would like everyone to come along, enjoy some food and share stories and many conversations about Dorothy and the wonderful life she lived. Let’s celebrate her exactly the way she would want everyone else, smiling and happy. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dorothy’s honor should be made to your local animal shelter. Condolences may be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.