Dorothy H. Gauchat, co-founder of Our Lady of the Wayside Home for Children in Avon

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OBITUARY from THE MORNING JOURNAL, 2-21-00

Dorothy Gauchat, 79, co-founder of home

AVON -- Dorothy H. Gauchat, 79, of Avon, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000, at St. John West Shore Hospital, Westlake.

She was born Feb. 22, 1921, in Cleveland.

Mrs. Gauchat was co-founder of Our Lady of the Wayside Home for children, Avon.

She graduated from Notre Dame Academy in 1939 and studied at Notre Dame College. She received an honorary doctorate of human services from John Carroll University, Cleveland, in 1983.

She was an artist and writer, and had studied with the liturgical artist and architect Ada Bethune. Mrs. Gauchat operated three homes for children with disabilities in Avon for 20 years, and Our Lady of the Wayside still operates as a residential service provider for more than 500 individuals with disabilities. Mrs. Gauchat was the founder also of the Colette Marie Infant Hospice for children with HIV/AIDS, and was the author of a book, 'All God's Children.'

She was a past board member of Providence House Crisis Nursery. She received the Ursula Laurus Medal from Ursuline College in 1977. Mrs. Gauchat made pilgrimages to Marian shrines in Lourdes and Guadalupe and to Rome and was honored internationally for her work with disabled children.

Survivors include her daughters Anita Notley, Helenmarie Zachritz, Suzanne Joseph and Christy Gauchat; sons, the Rev. Eric Gauchat, David Gauchat and Todd Gauchat; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and sisters Jane Stewart and Peg Reichlin. She was preceded in death by her husband, William J. Gauchat; and daughter, Colette.

Friends may call Tuesday 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. at the Misencik Funeral Home, 36363 Detroit Road, Avon. Prayers at the funeral home Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. will be followed at 11 a.m. by Mass of the Resurrection in St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church, 2640 Stoney Ridge Road, Avon. Interment will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon.

Contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Wayside, 38135 Colorado Ave., Avon 44011; or to the Capuchin Friars of St. Augustine Province, Mount Alverna Nursing Home, Providence House Crisis Nursery, or Hospice of the Western Reserve.

OBITUARY from THE CHRONICLE-TELEGRAM, 2-21-00

Dorothy H. Gauchat (nee Schmitt), 79, of Avon, died Sunday at St. John West Shore Hospital, Westlake.

Dorothy H. Gauchat

She was born in 1921 in Cleveland. She was a 1939 graduate of Notre Dame Academy, and studied at Notre Dame College. She was honored with a Doctorate in Human Services from John Carroll Unitersity in 1983, and received the Ursula Laurus Medal from Ursuline College in 1977.

As an artist and writer, she studied art in Newport Rhode Island with liturgical artist and architect, Ade Bethune. She wrote the book, "All God's Children", which was published in 1976. Her book was widely distributed, and translated into German.

Mrs. Gauchat and her husband, Bill, were life long friends of Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin, founders of The Catholic Worker, and were inspired by their vision of hospitality. Mr. Gauchat founded the Blessed Martin de Porres Catholic Worker House in Cleveland during the Great Depression, and Mrs. Gauchat co-founded the Our Lady of the Wayside Home of Children in Avon, for chldren with disabilities, which still operates as a residential provider, serving over 500 individuals.

Mrs. Gauchat also founded the Colette Marie Infant Hospice for children with HIV/AIDS in 1987.

She served on the board of trustees of Providence House Crisis Nursery. She made pilgrimages to the Marian Shrines of Lourdes, Guadalupe, and Rome.

She was honored world wide for her work with disabled children.

Survivors include daughters, Anita Notley, Helenmarie Zachritz, Suzanne Joseph, and Christy Gauchat; sons, Fr. Eric Gauchat, O.F.M., Capt. David Gauchat, and Todd Gauchat; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Jane Stewart and Peg Reichlin.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William; daughter, Colette; brothers George and Joe Schmitt; Rev. Fr. Bernard Schmitt C.PP.S.; and sisters, Marie Staab and Rita Madsen.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Misencik Funeral Home, 36363 Detroit Rd., Avon, where closing prayers will be at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Stoney Ridge Road, Avon.

Interment will be at St. Mary Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Our Lady of the Wayside, the Capuchin Friars of St. Augustine Province, Mount Alverna Nursing Home, Providence House Crisis Nursery, or the Hospice of the Western Reserve. All contributions may be mailed to Fr. Eric Gauchat, c/o St. Paul's Shrine, 4120 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland 44013.

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