Dolores Alice Weinstein, 89, long-time White Oak resident, wife, mother, and matriarch of a loving extended family died Sunday, June 12, 2022. Mrs. Weinstein was born July 6, 1932, in McKeesport to Mildred Rita (Topley) and Joseph Lorraine Wilson. In her youth, Dolores played piano, sang in the Duquesne High School chorus, and acted in the Senior Class play with her future husband. She graduated from Duquesne High School in 1950 and married her high school sweetheart, H. Wayne Weinstein, on Feb. 17, 1951. In 1958, Dolores and Wayne moved to White Oak, where they raised seven children and became active members of the community.
Dolores is remembered as a role model who readily embraced and took a genuine interest in everyone she met. As her family and circle of friends grew, she hosted hundreds of gatherings celebrating holidays, birthdays, baptisms, 1st communions, confirmations, graduations, baby and bridal showers, wedding anniversaries, and more.
Dolores was a pioneer for women simply by living life on her terms. While raising 7 children, she served as a Girl Scout Leader, a board member of the Jayceettes, and president of the Christian Mothers and Catholic Womens’ Guild. She ran for public office, winning all seven times, fulfilling two six-year terms as auditor and five four-year terms as the 1st female member of the White Oak Boro Town Council. After retiring from Town Council, Dolores was appointed as Local Registrar of Vital Records and was employed by the state of Pennsylvania for 17 years.
Dolores’ municipal government experience led to many public service roles including chairperson of the Mon Valley Emergency Dispatch Center, president (and 1st woman elected to the position) of the Twin Rivers Council of Governments and president of the Pennsylvania Council of Governments. After retiring from public service, Dolores became a board member of the White Oak Chamber of Commerce and a founding member and president of the White Oak Lions Club.
Each night before Dolores drifted off to sleep, she asked herself, “Did I earn my air today?” Rehashing the day’s events, her interactions with others, and assessing her contributions, she typically rested easily.
Dolores and Wayne’s love story was evident in their devotion to each other and in the close relationship that they shared with their children and grandchildren and their spouses, and their great grandchildren. She is survived by her seven children and their families: daughters Michelle (Drew) Conaway of Vienna, VA, Karen (Sam) Hopper of Robinson Township, PA, Pam (Dennis) Winks of Sherrills Ford, NC, Wendy (Colin) Hickey of Bedminster, NJ, and Maura (Greg) Pilewicz of Sewickley, PA; sons Nathan Harris (Donna) Weinstein of Columbia, SC, and Jason Wayne Weinstein of White Oak, PA; 16 grandchildren, Ryan Wayne (Kristine) Conaway, Samuel (Magda) Hopper, Lisa Winks (Kyle) Benjamin, Erin Lorraine Conaway (Braxton) Good, Sean (Claudia) Hopper, Kevin (Tiffany) Conaway, Sarah Hopper (Sean) Mitchell, Joshua Wayne Weinstein and fiancée Christina Lopez Diaz, Nicholas (Kaylie) Weinstein, John Harris Pilewicz and fiancée Brianna Meister, Leanna Weinstein, Adam Wilson Pilewicz, Page Weinstein, Emily Pilewicz, Jillian Weinstein, and Taylor Hickey; and 16 great grandchildren. Dolores was preceded in death by her beloved husband of nearly 63 years Harris Wayne Weinstein, her parents Joseph Lorraine Wilson and Mildred Rita (Topley) Wilson Irwin, stepfather Raymond Arthur Irwin and brother Richard Wilson.
Friends are welcome Friday, June 17, 2022 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm and Saturday, June 18, 2022 from 9:30 to 11:30 AM at the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1638 Lincoln Way, White Oak. (412) 672-6322 Troy J. Gilbert, Director. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 12 PM at Mary. Mother of God Parish-St. Angela Merici Church with Rev. Terrence P. O'Connor, officiating. Inurnment will be in the Garden Columbarium at Mount Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Township.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Dolores’ memory may be made to a place dear to her heart, Deer Valley YMCA Family Camp, 254 Deer Valley Drive, Fort Hill, PA 15440. Please note “Dolores Weinstein, Chapel Maintenance Fund” in the memo line. Condolences may be made at gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com
Originally published June 14, 2022.