Dawn Lynn Vannest

January 9, 1959 - November 2, 2023

01/09/1959 - 11/02/2023

Past Services

Sunday November 05, 2023
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Elm Grove Chapel
154 Kruger Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-242-0330 | Directions
Funeral Service
Monday November 06, 2023
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Our Lady of Peace Church
2 Allendale Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
Additional Information:

With Father Larry Dorsch

Dawn Lynn Vannest, age 64, passed away on Thursday, November 2, 2023.


Dawn was born on January 9, 1959 in Wheeling, WV and was a lifelong resident of the Ohio Valley.

Dawn loved deeply and cared immensely for her husband of 42 years, Brad “Buck” Vannest and her sons Brady Vannest, Sean (Kayla) Vannest, and Alex (Allie) Vannest. Her family was her joy and her five grandchildren, Leighton, Maverick, Preston, Adalynn and Audra were the light of her life.

Dawn is also survived by her sisters, Jean McKenzie, Travelers Rest SC, Cathy (Mel) Sword, Bruceton Mills, WV, Susan (Jerry) Coffey, Hendersonville, TN, and her brothers, Joe (Becky) Shutler, Snoqualmie, WA, Tim (Lisa) Shutler, Mooresville, NC, and Eugene (Carolin) Shutler, Buckhannon, WV.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews who she loved as her own children and a circle of friends that were like family.

Dawn is preceded in death by her parents, Eugene and Vivian Shutler, sister, Julie Shutler, Father-in-Law Sam Vannest and Sister-in-Law Robin Walters.

Dawn began working in the Lab at Wheeling Hospital in May of 1981 after graduating from Wheeling Jesuit College.  Dawn retired from Wheeling hospital in October 2021 after 40 years of dedicated service.

Dawn’s smile and laughter were radiant, her love genuine and her heart full of kindness.  She sowed seeds of happiness wherever she went.  She was always first to lend a hand, cook a meal or send a card.  Dawn lived fully and vibrantly and loved boating, camping (especially at Summersville Lake), sitting around the campfire with family and friends and the beach where she spent many hours at the water’s edge with her toes in the water.  Dawn will be missed by many but her spirit will live on and the gifts she leaves us – kindness, caring and love – will sustain us through this most difficult time.

In lieu of flowers, pay it forward and do a good deed or random act of kindness in Dawn’s memory.

Visitation for Dawn will be at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 154 Kruger Street, Wheeling, WV Sunday, November 5, 2023 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, November 6, 2023 at Our Lady of Peace in Wheeling, WV at 10:00am with Father Larry Dorsch as Celebrant.

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Kim, Mark and Marisa Custer
3 months ago

Brad ,Brady,Sean & Alex, We are so sorry to hear about Dawn. She was a wonderful person and will be missed by many. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Kim Gruber
3 months ago

May God bless Dawn and her family always

Camille Taylor Basinger
3 months ago

I remember Dawn Lynn from St. Alphonsus grade school. She was a soft spoken person. So saddened to hear of her passing. May she rest in peace.

Cindy Flanagan
3 months ago

I worked with Dawn for many years. She was always so sweet and a great co worker. My deepest condolences to all her family. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Dennis R Albaugh
3 months ago

My sincere and humble condolences to the family and friends of Dawn. Denny Albaugh

Cathy Kohut
3 months ago

Dawn was a compassionate fun loving dedicated co worker. One of the best. She loved sharing pictures and stories about her family and friends. Sending prayers of comfort for the sorrow of those missing her presence in their lives.

Andrew Cross
3 months ago

I worked with Dawn at Wheeling Hospital and I remember her smile in all types of situations, no matter what. My thoughts and prayers are with the you. Peace be with you,

Becky Wood Jenkins
3 months ago

Dawn was a beautiful person inside and out. She and Buck were kindred souls. May she rest in peace. Sending prayers for her and her family.

Paula Saseen
3 months ago

Dawn was such a sweet lady who I met while working at wheeling hospital.

Mary Ann Nolte
4 months ago

So sorry for your loss. Dawn Lynn was a ray of sunshine. May she rest in peace.