Dorothy Edmonds Vale, formerly of Chesterton, Indiana, died
January 31, 2009, following a brief hospitalization in North Wilkesboro,
North Carolina. For several years she had been a resident of Wilkes
Traditional Village and was grateful for the loving care she received there.
Mrs. Vale was born in Tolleston, Indiana on February 7, 1916
to Robert Uhlmann and Dorthea Brauneis Uhlmann. Following graduation from
Gary College she was employed as a legal secretary for the district attorney
and the mayor of Gary, Indiana. Later in life she worked for over thirty
years for Malcolm Anderson, an attorney in Chesterton.
On November 5, 1939, she married Frederick D. Edmonds and
together they moved to Chesterton. In that small community, they owned and
operated the Edmonds Funeral Home until Mr. Edmonds’ death in 1951. The
couple had four children, two of whom preceded her in death: Judith Ann in
1946 and Charlotte Ann in 1970. She was also predeceased by two sisters,
Mildred Edwards and Helen Stanier.
When her children were nearly raised she met and married a
man whom she loved dearly, Paul Vale. His children Judy and Paul, became a
valued part of her life. Mr. and Mrs. Vale enjoyed over 40 years of married
life together at their home in Chesterton before Mr. Vale passed away in
2003. Dorothy’s life was grounded in the Christian faith. She raised her
family in St. John’s United Church of Christ in Chesterton and nurtured
their faith by her own example. Dorothy loved ballroom dancing, good
literature, swimming in the cool waters of Lake Michigan, family gatherings
and most especially her children and grandchildren.
Mrs. Vale is survived by her son, Reverend Fred Edmonds and
wife Carol, of Frankfort, Michigan; her daughter Carolyn Edmonds Bauguess
and husband David, of North Wilkesboro, North Carolina; her stepson, Paul
Vale of Troy, North Carolina; her stepdaughter Judy Vale Joel of Portage,
Indiana; and her special niece Janythe Plummer, of Chesterton, Indiana. Also
surviving are 10 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held in Chesterton Cemetery at
eleven o’clock in the morning on February 7 to give thanks for her life. A
memorial service will take place in Wilkesboro, North Carolina on Saturday,
February 14. Arrangements are to be announced.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be
given to the Matthew 25 Offering at her adopted church, North Wilkesboro
Presbyterian, 804 E. Street, North Wilkesboro, NC, 28659.
Both Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in North Wilkesboro and
White-Love Funeral Home in Chesterton are assisting the family.
information please call White-Love Funeral Home at 926-1309.