Dolores Ann (Vidonic) Kochy

March 19, 1930 - July 29, 2016

03/19/1930 - 07/29/2016

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Mt. Calvary Cemetery-Wheeling
1685 National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 242-0460 | Directions
Dolores Ann (Vidonic) Kochy, 86, of Triadelphia, WV, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, July 29, 2016, surrounded by her family.
Dolores was born March 19, 1930, in Wheeling, WV, the daughter of the late Edward and Victoria (Hicks) Vidonic.  She was a caring and devoted homemaker and mother, and a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Wheeling.  She enjoyed gardening; activities with her children, socializing with neighbors, and living her life on the farm.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, John A. Kochy, in 2006.
Dolores is survived by her son, John Kochy of Wheeling; four daughters, Linda (Allen) Gilmore of Wheeling; Barbara Bell of Oakdale, PA, Donna (James) Robbins of Wheeling and Rebecca Stone of Wheeling; a brother, Edward K. Vidonic of Missouri; eight grandchildren, Joshua Gilmore, Aaron Gilmore, Julie Ann Gilmore, Jessica Bell-Wrona, Jackie Golden, Rachael Boyd, Lauryn Stone and Jared Stone; and six great-grandchildren, Lily and Lucy Golden, Timothy and Elise Wrona, and Ryland and Rowan Gilmore.
In accordance with her wishes, visitation and services for Dolores will be private.  Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association, Great Rivers Affiliate, PO Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693, or online at
Arrangements are by Altmeyer Funeral Home, Wheeling.  Online condolences may be offered to the family at
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Theresa Gordon Smith
7 years ago

So sorry for your loss so many memories at your farm

Aaron Gilmore
7 years ago

I will miss you and think of you often. Thank you for all the great memories we shared on the farm. I will always value the times we had there.

Mike & Eileen Murphy
7 years ago

Sorry for your loss. Your mom was a wonderful person and will be missed.

Bonnie Finsley Satterfield
7 years ago

Dear Linda and Family,
Condolences to you in the loss of your dear mother. She was such a sweet lady — I remember her from many years ago when Linda and I were in high school. May your memories comfort you during this difficult time.
With deepest sympathy,

Sue (Kennen) Blevins
7 years ago

Barbara, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in the loss of your mother. Cherish your fondest memories and hold them close to your heart. They will in time bring you peace. With my deepest sympathy.

Karen (Lipscomb) Gerlt
7 years ago

Barb, Linda, John, Donna, Becky, my condolences for the loss of your Mom. I haven’t seen you , Barb, since high school, but have fond memories of the times I went to your house to spend time and ride horses. I have often wondered where you are now. Your mom was so nice and made everyone feel welcome. Heaven gained an angel.

7 years ago

Barb, Linda, John, Donna, Becky I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a wonderful person. I was shocked and saddened to hear this news. Although I didn’t get to know your mom as well as Vicki, David and Gina, there is one memory that sticks out in my mind and that is of the family reunion in 1969. Aunt Dee and my mom had such a hard time keeping us younger kids in line, especially on the farm. My heart goes out to all of you. Aunt Dee will be missed.

7 years ago

Linda, Barb Donna, Becky and John My heart is very heavy for your loss. Aunt DEE is a very special person! She was always so kind and willing to help the world. Although in my adult life I didn’t visit as often as I might have , she always had a special place in my heart. I will miss her greatly! All my love to my cousins!

David Vidonic
7 years ago

My deepest condolences in the loss of your Mom. Aunt Dolores has always been a pleasure and delight to be around.
Some of my earliest memories are of the huge get-togethers we had at the farm and your folks being such gracious hosts. Because life on the farm was so different from what I was used to, your mom showed me around and explained some of the “country way” of living. She gave me my first glimpses of an out-house; explanations of the spring house, experiences feeding pigs and horses. These cheerful little tours were made more interesting and fun by her unique sense of humor. And she would add a little bit of mystery to it all with just a playful hint or two. Like suggestions of snakes in the spring house or weakened boards in the barn floor.
I was a just a bit more grown up when my sisters and I got to stay in that big old farmhouse for a few days. Aunt Dee once again was a very gracious (and patient) hostess.
I remember seeing how much harder nearly every daily chore was for her. Yet my Aunt Dee did it all with a smile. This included the cooking. She announced we would have stew one night; not just any stew. It would be Mulligan Stew. When I asked what that was, she simply replied with her great big grin, “Oh, just you wait and see.” I was full of anticipation by the time supper was served. That kind of build-up made it seem so much more than a delicious and hearty meal. I remember thinking it was one of the best meals anybody could ever serve.
After we left West Virginia, it was many years before I returned. That’s when I was able to really appreciate my Aunt Dee from an adult’s perspective. I became more familiar with her vulnerabilities, her fears and her quirkiness. Our conversations could warm my heart and almost always make me laugh. Especially with my dad around, we would often talk about older times and this gave me more insight into the family past than I could ever get from Dad alone.
All of you, my dear cousins, will be experiencing your individual grief, the memories you share with each other and your own private memories of your Mom. Please know that she will be missed by many others. She will be remembered by many others, with great fondness.

Deborah Kosem
7 years ago

Donna, Barbara, Linda, John and Becky; I was so saddened to read about your Mom’s passing. I had just ran into her last week at the grocery store. She was with Barbara and we had a wonderful chat. I usually saw her at least once a month out shopping. I sure will miss seeing her. My son Jim sends his condolences also. He sure did enjoy working and helping your Mom with her home remodeling projects. Blessings and prayers sent your way. Rest peacefully Mrs. Kochy

Debbie Knight Kosem