Continental - Dorothy Ann Shalter, 88, of Continental died 1:50 p.m. Thursday, January 16, 2014 at The Meadows of Kalida.  She was born June 14, 1925 in Columbus Grove, to the late Gerald P. and Josephine (Sehlhorst) Best.  On Feb. 16, 1952, she married Richard R. Shalter, who survives in Continental.

   Dorothy is also survived by her six children: Rex (Barbara) Shalter and John Shalter both of Ottawa, Bruce Shalter of Columbus, Ted (Judy) Shalter of Glandorf, Jayne (Ronald) Romes of Monclova and Carol Brandau of Radford, VA.; a daughter-in-law: Lori Shalter of Findlay; twelve grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; a brother, Alvin "Al" Best of Columbus Grove; a sister: Mary Margaret Schroeder of Glandorf; a sister-in-law: Jean Best of Delphos and a special caregiver, Vaughnda Prowant of Continental.  She is preceded in death by a son: Dean Shalter; a son-in-law: Dale L. Schroeder; brother: Dr. Ralph Best and a brother-in-law: Fred Schroeder.

   Dorothy retired as a register nurse who worked for Dr. Carl Zinsmeister and Dr. Arthur Daniel of Ottawa.  She  was a  member of St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in Continental, where she had been the Sacristan for 40 years and a member of both its Altar Rosary Society and the Catholic Ladies of Columbia. She was also a member of the Child Conservation League, Continental and the Continental American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post #541. 

    Everyone who came in contact with her loved her.  She was, and will continue to be an inspiration to us all.  She was truly an amazing and loving person.  We will miss her more than we can put into words.  We were blessed for having her among us.  The best part is now we have an angel in heaven putting in a good word for us.

   A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Continental with Fr. Mark Hoying officiating.  Burial will follow  in Monroe Cemetery, Continental.   Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m.  Sunday at HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Continental and one hour prior to the service at the church.

   Memorials may be given to St. John The Baptist Catholic Church.

   Condolences may be expressed to: www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.