Dorothy Edna Angelo

  • "Rest Dorothy, until you hear at dawn, the low, clear..."
    - Harry Simpson

Angelo, Dorothy Edna, 95, former surgical nurse and nurse anesthetist, passed away on Sunday, August 21, 2011. Dorothy was born October 3, 1915 in Hutchinson, the daughter of Cecil Everett and Bess Myrtle Caplinger. She graduated from Solomon High School in 1934 and from Asbury Hospital School of Nursing, Salina, in 1938. Dorothy began her career as a registered nurse in 1941 at McMinnville Hospital, McMinnville, OR. During World War II, she served as an officer in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. Duty stations included Winter General Hospital in Topeka and various locations in England and France, where she was deployed from March 1944 through December 1945. Dorothy returned to Kansas after the war, working in Wichita at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Wesley Hospital, Saint Francis Hospital, Saint Joseph Hospital, and Institute of Logopedics. During her long career, she completed additional medical training at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, Barnes Hospital in Saint Louis, and Children's Hospital School of Nursing in Denver. Dorothy married Samuel Thomas Angelo, a U.S. Army veteran, on February 13, 1951, and together the couple raised four children. She served as president of the Clark Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association, as a volunteer election worker, and as an active member of the philanthropic sorority, Phi Beta Psi. Dorothy loved songbirds, flower gardens, big band music, poetry, at least one soap opera, playing bridge and bingo, and cheering for the Dallas Cowboys. She also enjoyed traveling with her husband and visiting her large, far-flung circle of family and friends. Dorothy was a fifty-year member of Mount Vernon United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband, Samuel Angelo of Wichita; sons, John Angelo (Lorie) of Wichita and Robert Angelo (Diane) of Topeka; daughters, Pamela Amos (Orley) of Stillwater, OK and Patti Angelo of Wichita; sister, Jacqueta Drake of Gladewater, TX; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Max, Maurice, Donald, and Dale Caplinger; and a sister, Nordine Caplinger. Visitation is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, August 24, at Downing and Lahey Mortuary East in Wichita. A celebration service is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 25, at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, and an internment ceremony will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Wichita. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 16061, Wichita, Kansas, 67216, or Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, 313 South Market, Wichita, Kansas, 67202. Tributes may be sent to the family via

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Published in The Wichita Eagle from Aug. 23 to Aug. 24, 2011
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