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Dorothy Louise Ridsdale

Dorothy Louise Ridsdale

Female 1918 - 1989  (70 years)

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  • Name Dorothy Louise Ridsdale 
    Born 7 Oct 1918  Homoeopathic Hospital - Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Pittsburgh Homeopathic Hospital
    Pittsburgh Homeopathic Hospital
    From a Postcard
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    Christened 9 Mar 1919  Swedish Methodist Episcopal Church - Jennie Lind St. - McKeesport, Allegheny Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 8 Aug 1989  St. Anthony's Hospital - Denver, Denver Co., CO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    St. Anthony's Central Hospital, Denver
    St. Anthony's Central Hospital, Denver
    Cremated Abt 10 Aug 1989  ____, ____, CO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • She was cremated by a crematorium near Evergreen, Colorado. Her son Bruce drove her ashes to Green Valley where they were interred in the columbarium at St. Francis-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church in Green Valley.
    Buried 16 Aug 1989  St. Francis-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church - Green Valley, Pima Co., AZ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    St. Francis-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church - Green Valley, Pima Co., AZ
    St. Francis-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church - Green Valley, Pima Co., AZ
    Person ID I1055  Lisle Family of Franklin County, Ohio
    Last Modified 13 Nov 2005 

    Father Ernest Lake Ridsdale,   b. 31 Dec 1883, 5 William St. - Skelton, Yorkshire, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 May 1972, Stamford, Fairfield Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Mother Hilma Louisa Korp,   b. 21 Aug 1882, Worcester, Worcester Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 1973, Stamford, Fairfield Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 28 Jul 1915  Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F444  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Herbert Allen Lisle 
    Children 
     1. John Bulmer Lisle
     2. Diane Mesia Lisle
     3. Bruce Ridsdale Lisle
    Photos
    St. Bartholomew's Church, New York City
    St. Bartholomew's Church, New York City
    Last Modified 14 Mar 2002 
    Family ID F412  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 7 Oct 1918 - Homoeopathic Hospital - Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 9 Mar 1919 - Swedish Methodist Episcopal Church - Jennie Lind St. - McKeesport, Allegheny Co., PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 8 Aug 1989 - St. Anthony's Hospital - Denver, Denver Co., CO Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 16 Aug 1989 - St. Francis-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church - Green Valley, Pima Co., AZ Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • DOROTHY RIDSDALE LISLE

      My mother, Dorothy Louise RIDSDALE, was born at 8:20 am on October 7, 1918, at the Homeopathic Hospital in Pittsburgh by Caesarean section. She weighed in at about 4 pounds and was delivered by Dr. Charles HASTINGS. Her father Ernest was an inspector in the Aircraft Department at the time of her birth, and the family lived at 719 Filbert St. in Pittsburgh.

      Dorothy was baptised on the 9th of March 1919 at the Swedish Methodist Episcopal Church on Jennie Lind Street in McKeesport by the Pastor Nels W. BARD. Her sponsors were her aunts Agnes and Edith KORP and her step-grandfather Axel LANDSTROM.

      My mother hated the name Louise and never used it. She picked up the nickname of "Dot" early on, and she was known by that to many people all of her life.

      She was confirmed at age 13 by Alexander MASSE, Bishop of Pittsburgh, on 22 March 1931 at Calvary Church in Pittsburgh. She was presented by A. Whitfield CHEATHAM and Erwin J. van ETTER.

      She attended Taylor Alderdyce High School in Pittsburgh. She picked up the habit of cigarette smoking young; her cousin Eleanor GRIFFITHS BLAIR told me that Dot tried to get her to smoke. As an only child in a somewhat restricted environment, her parents sent her to the exclusive Seton Hill Academy in Greensburgh, Pennsylvania, for a year of high school. She often told me of its strict environment, enforced by the nuns there. She settled down after that and graduated from Taylor Alderdyce.

      Dorothy graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1941. She was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority in which she was active for the remainder of her life.

      After she graduated from college, she moved with her parent to New York City. It was there that she met my father Herbert Lisle.

      They were married at St. Bartholomew's Church on Park Avenue in New York City on Wednesday, 30 December 1942, at 8:00 pm by the Rev. Dr. Geo. Paull T. SARGENT. The Best Man was Preston Harold LONG and the Maid of Honor was Wendene WILSON. At the time of her marriage, she was living with her parents at 125 E. 70th St. in New York.

      After her marriage, they lived at 108 E. 51st St. in New York, but Herb joined the Navy shortly afterward, and they moved to Washington, D.C.

      After the war in 1946, they returned to the New York area where Herb went to Columbia Law School on the GI Bill and lived in special housing for ex-GIs known as Shanks Village. The address was 37 W. 706th St., Shanks Village, Orangeburg, Rockland Co., New York.

      Shortly after Herb graduated from Law School, his mother Mesia became gravely ill in Clyde, Ohio, and Herb, Dorothy, and little Johnny went to Clyde. They spent a month living on Buckeye St. in Clyde and then returned to New York. Shortly after they returned Mesia Lisle got worse and Herb returned to Clyde shortly before her death.

      After Diane was born in September 1949, the home in Shanks Village became too small so the Lisles moved to New Rochelle, New York in January 1950. The house at 129 Eastchester Road was a two family with an incredibly large yard. Dorothy's parents moved in upstairs, leaving E. 70th St. whilst the Lisles were on the first floor.

      After Bruce was born in November 1955, Herb and Dorothy decided that Eastchester Road would be too small so they moved upscale to the neighboring town of Pelham. We moved to 108 Reed Avenue, Pelham Manor, New York 10803 (914-738-4399) on 4 September 1956. Ernest and Louise moved to some apartments near the Country Club in Pelham Manor.

      Ernest had a stroke in the early 1960s which necessitated that the Ridsdales be placed in a nursing home in Stamford, Connecticut. Ernest died there in May 1972, and Louise passed away the day after Thanksgiving in 1973.

      In the early 1970s Herb and Dorothy bought a condominium apartment in Boca Raton, Florida. The condo was on A1A on the Intercoastal waterway and across the street from the ocean. The address was San Remo, 2871 N. Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton, Florida.

      Dorothy's health - partially from her life long addiction to cigarettes - deteriorated in the early 1970s. She spent the winter of 1972/73 at San Remo.

      Herb retired from Lehman Brothers on June 30, 1973 and started to make plans to move permanently to San Remo. After Diane was married in August, Reed Avenue went on the market and they moved to Boca. After the house was sold in 1974, they took an apartment in Pelham Manor to live in during the summer.

      After they moved permanently to Boca, they found a larger apartment within San Remo.

      About 1976, they gave up the Pelham apartment, and they purchased a condo in Aurora, Colorado for their summers as Bruce and Diane had both relocated to Denver.

      Although Dorothy quit smoking about 1979, they began to feel that the damp climate in Florida was adverse to her health. The dry climate of Denver seemed to be good for her, so in 1982 they began to look for somewhere warm and dry. They discovered Green Valley, Arizona, and spent a month there. The trip culminated in their buying a house there and moving to Green Valley in July 1982. The address of that house was 1591 Via Hacienda, Green Valley, Arizona 85614 (602-625-9278); however, a few years later the street was renamed Agave Lane.

      After Bruce was married and moved to Nova Scotia in 1987, they got rid of the condo in Aurora.

      Dorothy was chronically ill during her final years. Her lung problems had been better, but they deterioriated after the exhausting trip to Nova Scotia for Bruce's wedding. She was on more medication than anyone should be, including a breathing machine. She was also taking medication to relieve her asthma. During the summer of 1989, she began to experience symptoms of spitting up blood which her so-called doctor attributed to bleeding gums. While they were visiting with Diane in Denver, she was experiencing severe stomach aches. On Monday August 7th while on a final visit to Diane's house in Evergreen before returning to Green Valley, she fed Cody, played with some puppies which a neighbor brought over, and then went in for her afternoon session on the breathing machine. She collapsed while setting it up. Paramedics were called, and she was heliocoptered in to St. Anthony's Hospital in Denver. For all intents and purposes, she was dead before she left Evergreen, clinically, she lingered on through the night and died about 6 in the morning of the 8th.

      The autopsy revealed that her death was caused by hemoraghic gastritis induced by the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Naprosyn). The real cause was inept doctoring.

      Dorothy was cremated in Denver, and Bruce drove her ashes back to Green Valley. Her ashes were interred in St. Francis-in-the-Valley Church. A memorial service was held on the 15th of August at St. Francis which was attended by a surprisingly large number of people considering that it was summer in Green Valley.

      -- by her son, John B. Lisle, 1990
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