Dorothy " Dotty " Ann Ruddy
02/15/1930 - 01/27/2024
Obituary For Dorothy " Dotty " Ann Ruddy
Dorothy “Dotty” Ann Ruddy
Born February 15, 1930 in Manhattan
Died in Staten Island, NY on January 27th
Lived in Brooklyn and moved to Staten Island in 1983
Wife of George Lionel Ruddy, died in 1980
Mother of Lewis Gerard Ruddy and Lisa Ann Ruddy – Konkoski
Grandmother of Megan and Christopher Konkoski
Mother-in-Law to Paul Marangos and Ryan Konkoski
Special Caregiver, Lily Pascua
Visitation on Tuesday January 30th
, 2pm-4pm, 7pm-9pm
Hanley Funeral Home
60 New Dorp Lane
Staten Island, NY 10306
Church Service at St. Charles RC Church
Staten Island, NY 10306
Dotty was born in Manhattan, New York to the late Michael and Pauline Cardinuta, younger sister of Anthony and Josephine. She married George on June 30, 1951. Dotty and George adopted Lewis in 1962 followed by Lisa in 1967. Dotty and George worked hard for their children. Once the kids were of school age, Dotty got a job at Sale Point Posters, Inc. selling billboard space to various companies and eventually became office manager until her retirement in 1995.
Dotty always gave with her heart, by her husband’s side through many years suffering with lung cancer and caring for her parents. Once her mom passed away, she moved with Lewis and Lisa to Staten Island. Lewis was attending Pace University at the time and Lisa was attending Bishop Kearney High School. She made a new life for her and her children in Staten Island, keeping close with friends from Brooklyn. She enjoyed hosting and cooking for her friends as well as her children’s friends.
Dotty retired in 1995 when her first grandchild, Christopher, was born. She wanted to take care of him while Lisa and Ryan went to work. She continued babysitting when Megan was born and was their caregiver through Megan’s grammar school years. Her entire world centered around her grandchildren, and she loved taking them to school and making friends with the other mothers and grandparents in the schoolyard. Everyone knew and loved Dotty.
Dotty loved Atlantic City and Las Vegas, which she visited often with Lewis. She also loved going into Manhattan to see a Broadway show with Lisa on her birthday. She also got to travel to Aruba and Hawaii.
Everyone knew Dotty for her strong opinion, quick wit, and her generous heart. She had no filter and did not hesitate to tell you what you should do and how you should do it. Her motto was “one day at a time” and she recited the Serenity Prayer often.
Dotty enjoyed knitting and made beautiful sweaters for many of the babies that were born into the family including the outfits Megan came home from the hospital in. Dotty did not have an easy life , but she had many years of joy filled with love of family and friends. She taught Lewis and Lisa to be strong and independent.
“ When you are right, speak up. When you are wrong, keep quiet ”.
Family is asking in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dorothy's Name to The Alzheimer Foundation.