Dorothy Jane Bloomfield, age 90, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 9, 2021. A loving aunt, sister and adored family member, Dorothy was born in Columbus, Ohio but spent her youngest years in Flint, Ohio. Growing up in small-town Flint with her mom, dad and two sisters gave Dorothy the tremendous gift of being humble, yet fiercely independent and hard-working. In Flint, Dorothy gained lifelong friends at a three-room schoolhouse where she met a talented teacher that made a lasting impression.
After attending Westerville High School, Dorothy went on to graduate from The Ohio State University with a teaching degree. From there, Dorothy taught elementary school for 40 years. As a teacher, Dorothy gained tremendous respect and admiration from all of her colleagues, as well as her students. The impact Dorothy made throughout her career is nothing short of amazing. She was very touched to have received a letter one day from a former 4th Grade student who wrote to her (40 years later) to thank her for being such a wonderful teacher. She was amazed that this student remembered her so fondly.
Dorothy’s dynamic, unique and independent personality carried her far throughout her life. Never one to let anything hold her back, she embarked on her journey of travelling across the country with her sister and mother in tow. During her professional teaching career, they lived in such places as Vermont, South Carolina, Arizona, Indiana, Marietta and eventually followed her heart to live near the mountains. She retired in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. There, she and Evie spent many wonderful years.
Dorothy had several passions and talents. Always an ardent reader, Dorothy was also a gifted short-story writer, a talented painter, sports lover and, most of all, a great conversationalist. There was nothing that Dorothy thought was insurmountable in life and she loved to spend time with her nieces, great-nieces and nephews, as if they were her own children. They will never forget all of the wonderful years with Dorothy and truly feel their lives were enriched and more colorful because of her presence.
Dorothy should be remembered for her brilliant intellect, as well as her amazing sense of humor. That combination brought so much joy to everyone who met her. She will always shine on in our hearts.
Dorothy is survived by her sister Ethelyn Kochheiser and her brother-in-law Max Kochheiser, nephew John (Cindy) Kochheiser, her niece Carol (Paul) Burns, niece Margaret Kochheiser, niece Sally (James) Lindner, nephew Donald Bloomfield, great-nieces: Amelia Burns, Natalie (Brad) Presler, Rachel (Daniel) Crabtree, Elisabeth Lindner, great-nephews: Griffin Burns and Mitchell Rice, as well as her great-great-niece Siena Presler. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents Laura and John Clinton Bloomfield, sister Evelyn Bloomfield, sister Doris Bloomfield, brother Paul (Ann) Bloomfield, nephews John Darren and Larry Bloomfield.
Private Family Funeral Services were held at the TIDD FUNERAL HOME, DUBLIN-PLAIN CITY CHAPEL with burial following at Riverside Cemetery, in Columbus. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to Dorothy and Evie’s favorite charity: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online www.stjude.org. Please share your favorite memories of Dorothy on this website or send your condolences to her family: www.tiddfuneralhomes.com.