Dorothy Wickham Waleski

May 13, 1922April 29, 2019

Dorothy Wickham Waleski, age 96, of Bassett, Virginia, passed away on Monday, April 29, 2019. Dorothy was the daughter of James Sommerville Wickham and Verna in Montpelier, Virginia. She was born on May 13, 1922. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Alexander Frank Waleski, her parents, six brothers and two sisters. Mrs. Waleski was an active member of the Pocahontas Bassett Baptist Church for more than 50 years. She served as a Sunday School Teacher and President of Woman’s Mission Union. She was active on the Associational level, serving as President at Blue Ridge Federation of Business Women. She was a 63 year member of the Martinsville Chapter # 66, a 65 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, serving as the Worthy Matron 1960-1961 and as lecturer for the 11th District. She was also Grand Committee Chairman. Dorothy was active in the Patrick Henry Chapter Daughters of American Revolution for more than 40 years, Mildred Lee Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy, Bassett Garden Club and was a life-time member of the Virginia Federation at Garden Clubs and a charter member of the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. Dorothy is survived by one son, Arthur Frank Waleski and daughter-in-law, Donna Boyd Waleski; one grandson, Alex Frank Waleski; two step-grandchildren, Kerribeth Luderman and John Rodgers; one sister,Verna W. Graff, and a number of very special nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at Collins Funeral Home Chapel, 30 Riverside Drive, Bassett, VA 24055, from 6 pm – 8 pm. The funeral service will be Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 11:00 am at Pocahontas Bassett Baptist Church, 120 Bassett Heights Road, Bassett, VA 24055. The interment will be Friday, May 3, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the Protestant Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, 17102 Mountain Rd., Montepelier, VA 23192. Memorials may be made to Prayer Garden Perpetual Care Fund, Glen Allen Baptist Church, 3028 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060. Online condolences may be made at


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Duane Burtner

May 7, 2019

Sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom, Art. Would have loved to have been with you guys, but I was away supervising students. Think of you guys often and wish you God's peace.


May 1, 2019

It is always difficult to hear of the passing of someone who was just "always there" during your youth. Dot, or more likely "Mrs. Waleski, mam" was both a constant in many of our lives as well as a force of nature all by herself. Her strength and support to multiple generations of Bassett youth probably pushed a lot of us along a more positive and productive path than we might have had otherwise.

My fondest memory? It's got to be her famous cheese straws! I always had to beg my Mom to remember to bring one back for me from Garden Club, or a Church meeting. Special! Thank you Dot.

My deepest sympathies go to Arthur Frank and his family. I'm pretty sure your Dad is getting up from his respite, very happy to have his lively bride back to go and do all those things that didn't quite get done before.
Thoughts and prayers--Robert Wright