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Dolores (Dolly) Wallace

October 7, 2019


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Dolores (Dolly) Wallace

October 7, 2019



Dolores (Dolly) Wallace, age 90, died peacefully while visiting her son and daughter-in-law in Alabama, a few weeks after realizing her dream of attending a University of Alabama football game.


She was born in Wilkes-Barre on June 22, 1929, to the late Lawrence and Barbara Kaiser Dress. She graduated from St. Nicholas High School in 1947.


She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years and the love of her life, Vincent Wallace, who died in 2015, a daughter Susan Wallace, who died in 1957, and great-granddaughter Delilah Work, who died in 2009. Dolly was also predeceased by her sister, Frances Jacobs, and brothers, Lawrence Dress, Bernard Dress, William Dress, Charles Dress, and James Dress.


Dolly is survived by her children, Jayne Beline Hecht (James Hecht) of Parsippany, NJ, Teresa Rankin (John Rankin) of Jacksonville, NC, and Vincent Wallace (Karen Wallace) of Fosters, AL. She is survived by 9 grandchildren, Stephanie Johnson (Matt), Becky Rankin, Thomas Beline (Emily), Autumn Rankin, Kristine Evans (Tim), Zach Wallace (Leah), Joanna Hecht (Lelabari), Julie Rankin, Naomi Fabian (Alex), and 10 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters Rita Martin and Rose Heck, brother Gerard Dress, sisters-in-law Doris Dress, Jean Dress, Josephine Michalek, and Arline Wallace, many nieces and nephews, wonderful neighbors and friends.


Dolly was deeply devoted to her Catholic faith and volunteered for St. Aloysius Parish (nee St. Robert Bellarmine) for over 60 years. She taught CCD, served as a Eucharist Minister, choir member, cafeteria worker, member of the Mother’s Guild and Altar and Rosary Society, serving as President several times, even in her late 80s. She was also in charge of fundraisers including the flea market and spaghetti dinner.


Dolly was a professional seamstress, and in addition to sewing wedding dresses and attendant gowns, prom dresses, suits, and special occasion clothing, she sewed baptismal and communion dresses. She shared her sewing talents not only with her family and friends, but also with the Church, making banners, baptismal bibs, vestments, altar cloths, costumes for the Passion play, and dressing dolls for the bazaar. Dolly also made quilts and designed crafts.


Dolly was an avid fiction and mystery reader and enjoyed attending Sight and Sound theater performances. She also loved to travel.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at 10am in St. Robert Bellarmine Parish at St. Aloysius Church, Barney and Division Streets, Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in St. John’s Cemetery, Dallas.


Family and friends may call at St. Aloysius Church on Sunday from 5-8 pm, and on Monday from 9-9:45 am.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Hospice of West Alabama, American Brain Tumor Assn, or to the Parsippany Library for the fiction book collection.


Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre. Online condolences may be sent by visiting Dolly’s obituary at www.natandgawlas.com.