Dorothy Baierlein Lynch, 92, of Danville, formerly of Lancaster passed away Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the Charleston Health Care Center in Danville, Kentucky. She was the widow of the late Henry Baierlein and John R. Lynch. Dorothy was born on May 28, 1921 in Wapanucka Oklahoma, then Indian Territory.
Dorothy was the granddaughter of Presbyterian missionaries who accompanied Choctaw and Cherokee Natives across the Trail of Tears from Alabama. She and her immediate family endured many years of hard farming and survived through the Dust Bowl and Depression Eras. Dorothy was Valedictorian of her graduating class a noted cook and Gardner, an avid reader of history and English literature and an accomplished seamstress. She came to Kentucky in 1939 to act as caregiver to the children of then minister Sumpter C. Logan and wife Lleah (Cousin) while they traveled. During this time, she met and later married Wm. Henry Baierlein. She became a real-life 'Rosie the Riviter' during the years of WWII and working in a California munitions factory making bomb resistors. After returning to Lancaster in 1946, she became a homemaker,tailor for both Joe Chancellors and Hester- Zanone's Menswear stores, bookkeeper for the former National Bank, Leo's Garage, and Lancaster Automotive, and an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She served as a Kentucky's Girls State Coordinator for over 45 years, a Cub Scout Leader, and a 72-year member, Deacon and Elder of Lancaster Presbyterian church.
Surviving is a son Read Baierlein(Peggy) of Lancaster, two daughters Nancy Childers of Stanford KY and Betsy Baierlein of Danville KY; a stepson John Lynch Jr.(Sherry) of Danville KY; six grandchildren Leah Hines, Bret Baierlein, Sarah Yantz, Chastity Baierlein, Brittany Oneal, and Olivia Stafford and a grand step-daughter Angela Lynch Edwards. Also surviving are four great-grandchildren: Jarrod Wooldridge, Dylan Hasson, Conner Crowe, Steffen Baierlein, and a step-great grandchild Jessica Edwards. She was preceded in death by brothers John, Stone, and Porter Read in Oklahoma.
Funeral Services 11:00 AM Thursday February 6, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster KY with Rev. Mike Denny officiating. Visitation 6-9 PM Wednesday at Spurlin Funeral Home Chapel and 10 AM-11 AM on Thursday at the church. Burial in Lancaster Cemetery.
Active pallbearers are Bret Baierlein, Chad Yantz, Jantzen O'Neal, Jarrod Wooldridge, Willie Clark, Sonny Evans, and Jarrod Stafford. Honorary Pallbearers are Elders and Deacons of the First Presbyterian Church.
Visitation: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 from 6-9 PM Spurlin Funeral Home and 10AM-11AM Thursday at the Church
Funeral: Thursday, February 6, 2014 11 AM at the First Presbyterian Church
Interment: Lancaster Cemetery