Dorothy A. (Heim) Goetz

March 21, 1936 - March 07, 2024

Visitation: Friday, March 15, 2024, 1-3 & 5-7 p.m.; Devlin Funeral Home, Inc., Ross Twp.

Service: Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, March 16, 2024, 10:00 a.m.; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, St. Sebastian Church.

With profound sadness, we announce the passing of Dorothy Ann (Heim) Goetz, our loving and beautiful wife, mom, grandma, great-grandma and friend, on March 7, 2024.
Dorothy (Dot), born on March 21, 1936, grew up on the Northside of Pittsburgh with her beloved parents, Cyril and Margaret (Schlie) Heim and two brothers, Jim and Bob.

She attended Nativity Grade School and St. Benedict’s Academy, a girl with light in her eyes, laughter in her heart, and love in her every step.

She caught the eye and captured the heart of her tall and handsome husband, Charles Goetz Jr., when he first saw her at a high school dance and after seven “too-long” years, they were married on May 7, 1960.

Nothing gave her more joy than becoming the mom to four beautiful children, Karen, Allen, Charley and Jason. She was such an incredible mom that her friends would joke that she was the only one who could “scold her kids with a smile on her face and love in her back pocket.”

That love imbibed everything she did, from working in customer service at the Ross Park Mall to staying up way too late ironing clothes to playing “Grandma’s Game” with anyone she might convince to enjoying popcorn to making her famous potato salad to finding just the right outfit on sale to being late for church at St. Sebastian’s to playing the slots at the casino to long phone calls with her best friend to lighting up when anyone walked into a room to embracing her brothers’ and children’s life partners, Barbara, Dena, Esther, Sam, Bridget and Pam.

She made everyone feel like they were the most important person in the room and that she loved them no matter what. Everyone who knew her has no doubt that “she was just the best!”

The best daughter, sister, wife, mom, mother-in-law, grandma, great-grandma and friend.

Her grandchildren, Sarah, Jared, Josh, Rachel, Liam, Kathryn, Gilliann, Maggie, Becca, Noah, Nate and Jake, along with her two great-grandchildren (and hopefully many more to come), couldn’t have asked for a better grandma. She showered them with unconditional love in ways that will continue to live on in their hearts, her legacy of love rippling out forever.

Family and friends will be received Friday, March 15, 2024, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm and 5:00 – 7:00 pm at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Hwy, Pittsburgh. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mount Caramel Parish, St. Sebastian’s Church, 311 Siebert Road, Pittsburgh at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 16, 2024.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Down Syndrome Association of Pittsburgh or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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  • Carolyn Klingensmith

    Thank you for the honor and privilege of caring for Miss Dorothy. She was always so sweet and kind. She always said thank you. I am going to miss her smile.

  • Christopher & Shayne GInder

    Very sorry for your loss and expressing our condolences to the entire Goetz family at this difficult time.

  • Peggy Scherer and Mickey too

    Mick and I both absolutely adored our friend Dottie…she was the greatest!!!

  • Peggy and Mickey Scherer

    Both Mick and I dearly loved sweet Dottie….she always had a smile on her pretty face for everyone…..we will never forget her…..

  • Mike and Carol Burnham

    Our memory of Mrs Goetz ,will always be a sweet, loving and happy soul. Someone who always made us feel special ,and good about ourselves. Not once , but every time we talked. . Rip! We will forever miss you.

  • Annabelle McGannon

    I work with Dorothy’s and Charles’ son, Charley. I did not have the privilege of knowing Mrs. Goetz, but she obviously lived her life to the fullest and loved her family and friends above all else. Her beautiful, life-loving and generous spirit lives on in them. May the angels lead her into paradise. May she rest in peace.

  • Brittany & Scott Young

    Our deepest sympathies to the entire Goetz family. Mrs. Goetz was such an incredible woman and we were so blessed to have known her. She had such a gift for making everyone feel special and safe. She was such a kind person who made you want to be a better person just by being near her. We will cherish every moment we got to spend with her. We will remember every contagious smile (and her classic rosie cheeks), and continue to hold her in a special place in our hearts. Wishing you all strength and love during such a difficult time.

  • Christine Schlifer (Chrissy)

    Mrs. Goetz was the sweetest, warmest, most loving person I have ever met. I feel so blessed to have had her in my life!!

  • Tim and Connie Burnham

    Our deepest condolences to the Goetz family. Mrs. Goetz will always be remembered for being such a great friend of our family.

  • Maria Colosimo

    My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the entire family. Dorothy was truly one of the kindest and most genuine people I have ever known. I had the privilege of working with Dorothy at Ross Park Mall. I have such fond memories of this sweet lady. May she rest in the peace of God. Amen.

  • John & Deb Holt

    Our deepest sympathies to the family on the loss of your Mom. Our prayers are with you as you grieve. May the memories that you built together eventually turn the grief back to joy.

  • Marianne Lyons

    Deepest sympathy to the Goetz family. Dorothy certainly was a very special lady. Her smile will be with us forever.
    Marianne Lyons and family

  • Janet(Ladesic) and Bill Sember

    Dear Chuck and family,
    We were so sad to hear of Dorothy’s passing. She certainly was a great gal! We always enjoyed her company when our paths crossed. Her obituary was beautifully written and certainly accurately describes her wonderful spirit! May memories of happy family times carry you through these dark days. May she Rest In Peace.
    Janet ( Ladesic) and Bill Sember


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