Dorothea Detwiler Beegle Nelson

12/04/1925 - 07/22/2023


Obituary For Dorothea Detwiler Beegle Nelson

Dorothea Detwiler Beegle Nelson
December 4, 1925 – July 22, 2023

Dorothea Detwiler Beegle Nelson, 97, local philanthropist and admirer of the arts, passed peacefully away Saturday morning at Garvey Manor.
She was born in the small town of New Enterprise, Penna, daughter of the late Paul I. and C. Elisabeth Detwiler.
She graduated from Replogle High School in 1943, going on to college and graduating from Bucknell University in 1947. That same year, she married Emmert B. Beegle and began working as a secretary for the head of the highway administration. She remained employed for five years. She was quite proud of her proficiency in shorthand!
Emmert and Dorothea had three daughters: Pamela Ann Richardson (Charles) of Charlottsville, VA, Gaye Elisabeth Schamburg of Annapolis, MD, and Lisa Jo Beegle who lived in Hollidaysburg and died in 2020. She is also survived by five grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.
Emmert died in the fall of 1980 and five years later she married E. Dean Nelson, who also preceded her in death in 2012.
Throughout her life, she was a devoted mother to her children and a loving daughter to her parents. Dorothea loved her home and enjoyed entertaining friends and family. She was an avid reader of biographies, literature, and historical fiction. She kept abreast of both local and national current events, debating and conversing topics with her family. Playing bridge with her friends brought her joy as well as traveling, dining out, and her daily 5:00 martini!
Dorothea was a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church. She was active in the Hollidaysburg Library, YMCA, the Altoona Symphony, and the Southern Allegheny Museum of Art. She was thrilled to be a Wise Women of Blair County and also to be a proud founding member of the Blairmont Club.
Dorothea was known for her sweet disposition and her kindness and thoughtfulness toward others. Her life was long and well lived and she leaves behind a treasury of fond and funny memories.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 31, 2023, at Zion Lutheran Church, Hollidaysburg, with Rev. David Bowman officiating.
Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in memory of Dorothea be made to the Hollidaysburg YMCA, 1111 Hewit St., Hollidaysburg, PA, 16648 or the Zion Lutheran Church, 500 Allegheny St, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648.
Arrangements are by Plank, Stitt & Stevens Funeral Home, 421 Montgomery St., Hollidaysburg.
Condolences may be made at or Stevens Family Funeral Homes Facebook page.

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  • 07/30/2023

    To Dorothea's Family ~ Memories of dear Dorothea will always include a beautiful smile, kind words, concern for others, and a giving heart. Such a gracious lady ~ such a life well-lived. With prayers and understanding ~ Jeanie Geist

  • 07/26/2023

    Dorthea was such a special lady. She was very alert and had a great handle on current events--especially political events. She always wanted to discuss political issues when I saw her at Garvey while visiting my mother. (My mother passed away last June). She was the true definition of "a lady". I have never heard someone say anything bad about her--NEVER! She was so loved and will be sorely missed! Dorthea was a very dear friend of my mother-in-law, Carolyn Ward. They were close and always enjoyed one another. Gaye, can you please call my office (814) 695-8386 to discuss something? We are open 9 - 4:30 M-F. Thanks! Judy Farrell Ward

  • 07/25/2023

    Dorothea was active in the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library. As members of the Friends association, we appreciate her dedication to her community and her lifelong love of reading. The Friends of the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library

  • 07/25/2023

    Dorothea was such a wonderful lady and friend. I enjoyed getting to know her and spending every Friday morning with her in the beauty shop. Thank you to her family for allowing me to be apart of her life. Rest in peace my friend, you will be missed

  • 07/25/2023

    Dorothea was in an assisted living apartment across from my mom, Joann Lynn. She was such a sweet woman and I am glad I had the privilege of getting to know her. I understand that shortly after my mother was taken to the hospital from Garvey, Dorothea was taken also. My mom passed on May 18th. She liked Dorothea alot and ate her meals with her. They are now together and at peace in heaven. Please accept my condolences for your loss. Heaven now has two lovely people!

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