Dorothy Louise (Hammond) Riling, 75, Huntingdon, went peacefully to be with the Lord on Friday, surrounded by family, at the home of her daughter, Michele, in Shippensburg. She had been in failing health for the past year.
She was born at J. C. Blair Hospital, daughter of the late Lester D. "Mickey" and Blanche (Wilhelm) Hammond. Dorothy grew up in Petersburg. She was married to the late Alfred E. Riling on Oct. 27, 1956, at Petersburg United Methodist Church by the Rev. Edmond Minnick. Alfred preceded Dorothy in death on Feb. 26, 2005.
Surviving are two sons: Michael A. Riling and Sabrina Kitko of Hollidaysburg and Mark L. Riling Sr. and wife, Darlene, of Huntingdon and his children, Mark Riling Jr., Troy Riling, and stepchildren, Dustin Kanagy and Darren Kanagy; and one daughter, Michele E. Riling and husband, Jerry, and their daughter, Ashlee, of Shippensburg and stepchildren, Amanda of Greene, N.Y. and Jamie of Bedford; two sisters: Mary Crownover and husband, James, of McVeytown and Ellen Ayers and husband, John, of Petersburg; and one brother, Lester "Jack" Hammond and wife, Shirley, of Orbisonia.
Dorothy attended Petersburg grade school and was a 1954 graduate of Juniata Valley High School.
Mrs. Riling was a lifelong resident of Huntingdon County, and for the past 55 years she resided at the family home in Miller Township along Stone Creek near Jackson's Corner. Dorothy worked as a secretary and bank teller and was employed at the Huntingdon Thrift Company, Joe Prismo Inc., John R. Wald Corp. and at the Penn Central National Bank/Omega Bank Huntingdon Penn Street office for 15 years. She served on the Miller Township election board for many years. She was vice president and secretary of Riling Busing Inc., a school bus contractor for the Huntingdon Area School District founded in 1962 with her late husband.
She was of the Methodist faith and a past member of the Petersburg United Methodist Church, Petersburg.
She was an avid fan of Penn State and Steelers football, a supporter of the Huntingdon County 4-H program and helped with Girl Scouts. She enjoyed camping, country music concerts, fairs, picnics and attending her grandchildren's soccer and softball games and other activities. She enjoyed birdwatching and spent many hours feeding and observing the wildlife at her home.
She will be remembered by all for her warm and gentle manner and genuine compassion for others. She was known for always placing the needs of others over her own needs.
Friends will be received from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, at Cutright Funeral Home, Smithfield, and from 9 a.m until the 11 a.m. funeral service Wednesday Dec. 14, 2011, at the funeral home with the Rev. Mark Mohnkern officiating.
Interment will immediately follow at the Donation Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in remembrance of Mrs. Riling may be made to Huntingdon County 4-H Endowment Fund, Huntingdon County PRIDE Inc. or the American Cancer Society of Huntingdon County. Dorothy was a supporter of these organizations.
"Life changes season to season, year to year, but love is for always."
Friends are invited to post comments and stories to Dorothy's online memorial at www.forevermissed.com/dorothy-riling.