MOUNT VERNON — Dolores J. Hecht, 87, passed away Saturday morning, July 14, 2018, in Mount Vernon in her own home, being cared for by her family. She was born March 1, 1931, in Youngstown, to the late Charles and Margaret (Richards) Costello.

Dolores is survived by her children, Kristina (Jeffrey) Hecht-Baker of Mount Vernon, Kristopher (Diane) Hecht of Houston, Texas, and Hollie (Thomas) McLoughlin of Pine Meadow, Connecticut. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Dylan Baker, Morgan and Jonathan Hecht; and a brother, David (Wanda) Costello of Boardman.

Dolores met and married her spouse, Edmund P. Hecht, while they were both in graduate school at Ohio University. They moved to New York City where Edmund worked at Columbia University and she worked for the Red Cross/Catholic Charities. They then moved to Gambier where Edmund worked at Kenyon College (starting the language lab). Dolores then began working at Ohio State University Hospital’s Dodd Hall. She also worked at the Mount Vernon Developmental Center and Head Start where she developed many innovative programs. She was recruited by Dr. Westerheide in 1969 to come to Mercy and Martin Memorial Hospitals to establish the first shared Medical Social Work Department in Knox County. She was very active in the community, helping to develop the Commission on Planning Services for the Elderly, the Station Break Senior Center and after contacting Washington, DC, to get the rules and regulations necessary, she spearheaded and was a founding member of Hospice of Knox County. She was on their Board of Directors and provided Medical Social Services to the hospice patients for the first 10 years. Dolores helped set up the Homemaker Services Program associated with the Knox County Health Department and served many organizations by being a trusted resource they could come to for advice. She served on the Knox Community Hospital Board of Directors. She retired from Knox Community Hospital in 2000 after 31 years of service. She then went on to work for the Waiver Program through the Department of Aging for the next seven years.

Dolores will be remembered for her wit and classy attire, especially her high heeled shoes. During her career she helped many people who remember with gratitude. She will be missed by her family and her cats as well as her close and loyal friends, Jeanne Phillips, Patricia and Zsolt Csaba and JoAnn Guinther.

The family would like to thank Kindred Hospice for the care they provided to Dolores.

In following with Dolores’ wish, there will not be any services.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kindred Hospice, 112 Harcourt Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050, Knox County Humane Society, 400 Columbus Rd., Mount Vernon, OH 43050, or St. Jude Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Dolores J. Hecht.


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