Born in Brooklyn in 1935, Doris graduated from Hartwick College in 1957. She became an RN and worked in hospitals and home health care before becoming a School Nurse-Teacher in 1973. Doris worked in the Sachem School District for 23 years before retiring in 1996.
Doris raised 6 daughters – Janice, Cheryl, Debbie, Karen, Elaine and Stephanie – and was a proud grandma to 17 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She loved her family, loved being with them and spending time together.
Doris also loved to travel with her various travel groups and she visited cities and countries all over the world. She loved exploring new places but often forgot when she needed to be back to meet the group. “Where’s Doris?” became a common phrase on their trips, knowing she was distracted by some beautiful artwork or trinket. But one of her favorite domestic destinations was Disney World and she especially enjoyed going there with her children and grandchildren.
Doris was extremely active as a member of her Book Club, Knitting Group, Bridge Club, Red Hat Society as well as taking trips into NYC to see Broadway shows with the Leisure Village group. She enjoyed reading and doing puzzles such as crosswords and sudoku to “keep her mind sharp”, as she would say. She volunteered at the Election Board, the Patchogue Theater, the Arboretum and the library. She never wanted to miss anything; no one could match Doris’ energy and zest for life!
Doris was a good friend to many and they will miss her greatly. She was always up for an adventure and eager to try something new. She was there to listen, a shoulder to lean on, a keeper of secrets, a partner in crime and a faithful friend to the end.
Doris was very proud of becoming a member of the Catholic Church in 2014 and took on the role of Treasurer for the Catholic Daughters of America. After raising her daughters in the faith, she finally found a home for herself in the Catholic Church.
Most importantly, Doris loved others and was loved by so many.