Obituary of Dorothy R. Ryan
Dorothy Ryan Metuchen - Dorothy (Doris) Bartlett Ryan, 88, died on Sunday, December 7, 2008 at Roosevelt Care Center in Edison. She was born in New York City and grew up in the Annandale Section of Staten Island where she graduated in 1938 from Tottenville High School. Her working life spanned over 45 years, beginning in 1940 in New York City working as a secretary for the Cavendish Trading Co. and later for Bethlehem Steel on Staten Island. She then worked as a telephone operator for NY telephone for 5 years and then resumed her secretarial career working for Commercial Union Assurance, The NY Port Authority, the Mission of the Immaculate Virgin and Travellers Insurance Co. The concluding years of her career included her position as a legal secretary for a law firm on Staten Island and finally as an Administrative Assistant and proofreader for EBASCO Engineering in NY City. She retired in 1985. Dorothy was a parishioner of St. Francis Cathedral in Metuchen, where she was a member of the Rosary Altar Society and the Legion of Mary in Metuchen. She also was a member and past president of the Stolzentholer Council of Columbiettes in Staten Island. She was predeceased by her husband, Dennis Bartlett who died in 1963, her second husband Joseph Ryan, her sisters Veronica Ross, Anna Wood and Theresa Gobel and a brother Michael Doris. Surviving are her three daughters and sons in law: Kathleen Betsch of North Brunswick, Eileen and Gerald Nihan of New York City and Noreen and Fred Noel of South Plainfield, two sisters Margaret Matthews of Colombus, GA., Eileen Heinlin of Margate, her brother Daniel Doris of Staten Island and by her 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 12, 2008 at 9:00 AM in the McCriskin - Gustafson Home For Funerals, 2425 Plainfield Ave., South Plainfield, followed by a 10:15 AM Funeral Mass at St. Francis Cathedral in Metuchen. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Staten Island. Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 11, 2008 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM in the funeral home.