On Friday, April 22nd, 2022, Dolores (“Dee”) Scheuerman, loving grandmother, and mother of one child, passed away at the age of 84.
Dee was born on July 13th, 1937 in Baltimore MD to Rose and Robert Muffoletto. Although a dedicated student, she left high school early and went to a trade school where she pushed her limits and furthered her education and business skills. She had a variety of jobs throughout her life, always trying new things and always working hard to be the best at whatever she put her mind to. She was a hard worker and despite all sorts of setbacks throughout her career, always put her best foot forward and carried onwards with a smile. She truly knew how to make the best of anything. It was her superpower.
When she was much younger, Dee was fondly known by her friends as “Doodles.” She made many great friends throughout her life and connected with people constantly, which she did with ease. No matter her age Dee was always the youngest person at heart. As her grandson notes, “she was more than half my age and yet the most effervescent and youthful person I knew.” Many times, she fondly described her early years to her grandson, how she loved going out to dance and eat at diners with her friends, never caring much for a drink, but just there to have a great time, dance like crazy to spirited music, while laughing and having fun in a way that only she seemed able to. She had a special way of celebrating life and always made the most of any situation. She deeply valued her family and was very close with her mother, daughter, siblings, as well as nieces and nephews – all who were and are the greatest of people.
Throughout her life her love for music was quite evident and she could always be found listening to the radio and singing Italian classics from artists such as Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and many others. She was always full of energy and dancing too, she did it with no regard or concern for what others might think, purely having fun and truly living life in the purest fashion. She most certainly danced like no one was watching and it was clear her heart was overflowing with joy most of the time. This never changed either. She had a spirit like a bird, free and somehow soaring above us all, gliding on the winds of life, not letting the occasional storm get in the way of her journey to see and experience everything – all with a smile of course. Hardship never got her down and she certainly had her fair share of challenges in life. She endured so many hardships throughout her life and her perseverance defined the words courage and strength. She remains as a pillar of inspiration for her grandson who looked up to her and his mother as his dearest, most loving role models. “If I am half as good at living life as she was that would be my proudest accomplishment. I am honored beyond all belief and incredibly grateful to have had such a wonderful woman as my grandmother. I will always cherish her and the time we spent together. Those times spent with her and my mother are my fondest years on this Earth”, he notes.
Dee was incredibly generous and loving to all who knew her. Her first words were always to ask how you were doing and never to talk about herself or complain. She was always quick to smile and express love, and she did so readily to all who knew her. Her infectious laugh was one of her best qualities (of many), she found humor in nearly everything and she clearly knew the importance of not taking herself or life too seriously. Smiling and laughing were truly her favorite things to do.
Dee loved being outdoors and she loved to go to the beach, particularly with her daughter and grandson. She absolutely loved to go shopping too. She went out nearly every day and was active throughout her entire life, “I’ve got things to do, honey”, she’d say. You couldn’t slow her down, not for a second. She preferred the warm summer months and could often be found outside, on bright, sunny days. Her favorite thing to do was to sit outdoors, facing the sun, with her legs extended and eyes closed – just soaking up the sunshine. I guess even rays of sunshine need to recharge themselves sometimes, so she would sit there and soak up the sun, fully recharge and then get back to doing whatever she loved to do. She also had a great fondness for natural beauty and loved flowers and nature as much as her daughter, Linda. Although chances are you wouldn’t find her out camping in a tent, she was more of a city girl at heart. Still, she appreciated natural beauty in the best way. She would often remark about how beautiful she found flowers and nature to be, and her eyes would twinkle with excitement and wonder whenever she had a chance to examine to see either, up close. She somehow managed to keep the wonderment of a child even to her last days. People could learn quite a lot from her way of life.
Dee was the epitome of a modern-day saint during her time on earth. She acted selflessly, always put others before herself, was known to be immensely loving, kind, honest, pure of heart, and an all-around exceptional person. Many would be hard pressed to even think of a negative thing about her, she was that beautiful of a soul. She always went above and beyond to help those in need. She would constantly donate money and clothing to charity and always strived to help others less fortunate than herself. There is no question as to the incredible type of women that Dee Scheuerman was.
Dee will be sorely missed by her family. She leaves behind her grandson James Hammond, sonin-law James Chilcote, and her many nieces and nephews – all who love her most dearly.
Dee’s viewing will be held at The Candle Light Funeral Home on Friday, April 29th from 5-7pm. The Candle Light Funeral Home is located at 1835 Frederick Road, Catonsville, MD 21228. All are welcome to attend and honor her life as well as pay their respects.
A funeral mass will be held on Friday, May 6th at St. Ursula’s Church located at 8801 Harford Road, Parkville, MD 21234. If you have questions about the location or require directions, you may reach out to the staff at (410) 665-2111.
The mass will begin promptly at 11am and last about an hour. We ask that you arrive ahead of time before the service begins. Afterwards, family members and dear friends are invited to attend a luncheon in her honor. For further information contact James Hammond at (443) 864-7311.