Dorothy L. Tolman

Dec 12, 2013

Vinalhaven — Dorothy Louise Tolman, 86, passed away Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at Windward Gardens in Camden.

Born in Vinalhaven June 2, 1927, she was the daughter of Kristen and Hilda (Thulin) Kelwick. As immigrants from Sweden, her parents came to the United States through Ellis Island settling on Vinalhaven where there were opportunities working with granite in the quarries. Dorothy was a 1946 graduate of Vinalhaven High School and married Harvey Arey Tolman on Aug. 15, 1947.

A lifelong member of the Union Church, Dot had been very active working on public suppers, served as secretary for the trustees for many years, served as a past president of the church circle for 10 years, and had organized the Meals On Wheels program held there. She was a member of the Order of The Eastern Star, the Vinalhaven Auxiliary, and the Red Hat Society.

Dot always lived a very active life and will be remembered as a great cook. Her specialty was lemon meringue pie and was the person to contact if anyone was in need of a home baked pie or dessert. She enjoyed walking, bird watching, and staying busy.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harvey A. Tolman who died Jan. 5, 2004; and a son-in-law, Robert Cook, who died in 2008. Surviving are her two daughters, Mary Welts and her husband, Phil of Orland; Cheryl Cook of Belgrade; two grandchildren, Paul Forti and his wife Sue of Farmington, N.Y.; Keagan Welts and his partner, Marion Grumwald of Bucksport; five great-grandchildren, Morgan and Kaylin Welts; Melissa Forti; Maverick and Dakota Cummings; brother, Bruce Kelwick, sister, Jean McDonald both of Vinalhaven; and sister, Betsy Hachfeld of Faribault, Minn.

Services will be held in the spring and will be announced. If desired, memorial donations may be made in her memory to the Union Church, P.O. Box 249, Vinalhaven, ME 04863.

Condolences may be shared with the Tolman family at longfuneralhomecamden.com. Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain St., Camden.

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