Dorothy Edge Hagerstrand
Dorothy Edge Hagerstrand

September 8, 1918 - September 10, 2016
Born in Downington, PA
Resided in Cincinnati, OH


Dorothy Edge Hagerstrand was born September 8, 1918, in Downingtown PA, and died September 10, 2016, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dotty's father, Gilbert Edge, died during the 1918 flu epidemic on a troop ship enroute to the battlefront in France. Dotty's mother, Laura Thomas Edge, raised her and her sister Barbara while living with Dotty's grandparents in Downingtown, PA. Dotty's family were Quakers, and she attended Quaker schools and then later received her BS in Education from University of Pennsylvania. She briefly taught 2nd grade before meeting and marrying Karl Hagerstrand in 1942. Karl was Captain in the army and train troop stateside during WWII.

Dotty gave birth to their first child, Karel, while Karl was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. Their other children, Eric and Sigrid, were born in Cincinnati where Dotty and Karl settled after the war. Dotty was a devoted wife and mother who took pride in taking good care of her family and home. She was active in her church, College Hill Presbyterian, and had many good friends within the church and community. She was a Girl Scout leader and den mother, and taught all of her children how to cook, sew, and fix things. She was a knitter extraordinaire, and many people were the happy recipient of her sweaters and baby blankets. For years she knitted baby caps to donate to local hospital nurseries for their newborns.

In 1973, Dotty and Karl moved to New Bremen, Ohio for Karl's college teaching position. She made her mark on that community as well, as a volunteer librarian and making pounds of potato salad for each year's Bremenfest. In 1995, 5 years after Karl's death, Dorothy married an old flame from her college years, Clint O'Bannon, with whom she spent 13 happy years traveling and splitting her time between Ohio and Arizona. Dotty lived a long, full and happy life, and will be greatly missed by her family.

Services will be private, at the convenience of the family.