Dorothy M. Bushong

April 21, 1924June 10, 2018

On June 10, 2018, DOROTHY M. BUSHONG passed away peacefully in her sleep, and into the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was 94 years old, and a resident of the Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville, Maryland at the time of her passing. Dorothy was born to Ernest C. and Elsie M. Merkel , on April 21, 1924, in Baltimore, Maryland. It was here in Baltimore that she met her husband, Earl M. Bushong, who predeceased her on June 15, 2001, after 58 years of marriage. She attended the University of Maryland, where she graduated with a major in Education. Dorothy will be remembered as a deeply devoted and loving spouse, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who also enjoyed teaching, travel and reading her Sunday New York Times. Throughout her 94 years, Dorothy never lost her passion for learning, and then passing that knowledge on to others.

Dorothy is survived by a family who loved and adored her, including her three sons: David, Carl and Richard, her brother Ernest C. Merkel; her five grandchildren: Bryan, Krista, Timothy, Alex and Allison, and her two great-grandchildren: Ruby and Vivian. Dorothy is also survived by her best friend and confidant, Karen Bushong; Carl’s wife, Suzanne; Bryan’s wife, Nickel; Krista’s husband, Scott; and Alex’s fiancé, Sarah. While Dorothy’s interests were many and varied, those who loved her were her most cherished treasure.

Funerary services in memory of Dorothy will be held at the Sterling Ashton Schwab Witzke Funeral Home, 1630 Edmondson Avenue, Catonsville, Maryland 21228, on Friday, June 15, with her grandson, Reverend Bryan Bushong, officiating. A visitation will be open to family and friends from 11:00 – 12:00 followed by the Memorial Service from 12:00 – 1:30, and concluding with the burial at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Cemetery at 2:15, where Dorothy’s earthly body will be interred next to her devoted husband, Earl Bushong. Dorothy’s family requests that for those interested, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Charlestown Retirement Community, 715 Maiden Choice Lane, Catonsville, Maryland 21228


  • Visitation Friday, June 15, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 15, 2018
  • Burial Friday, June 15, 2018

Dorothy M. Bushong

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Kathleen Strunk

June 14, 2018

We all enjoyed Dorothy's company during family gatherings at different times through the years.
Our thoughts & prayers are with the entire family.
Aunt Anne & Uncle Benny, Luke & Kathleen, Joe & Sue
Neil & Ellen, Dan & Carol

Elaine Criscione

June 13, 2018

Thinking of you all. Mrs. B is already missed. I appreciated her asking what I had been up
to at family gatherings and how kind she was to sit with Mom even as ALZ prevailed.
Favorite memory: our discussions of Court TVs Casey Anthony trial. Blessings to her
family as they honor all she meant to them and blessings to Mrs. B on her journey. Love.