Tonawanda News


March 2, 2013

Dorothy Evadene Ressman


Dorothy Evadene (nee Harrison) Ressman, age 90, of the City of Tonawanda, entered into rest on Friday, March 1, 2013, at her residence, while under the care of Hospice. Born in Buffalo, NY, to the late George and Loretta (Doig) Harrison, she had been a resident of the City of Tonawanda for the greater part of her life. Her husband, Charles R. Ressman, preceded her in death on June 19, 1976. Dorothy was a sixty-plus year active member of Salem United Church of Christ in Tonawanda; a 27-year employee of the City of Tonawanda School District, retiring in June of 2003; and a "kindergarten grandmother" in the North Tonawanda School District. She received the Tonawanda Educator's Award, a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, and the 2007 U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award. She was the past President of the Shakespeare Club of the Tonawandas.
She is survived by six sons, C. Roger (Barbara) Ressman of Spencerport, NY, Robert O. (Bernardine) Ressman of Fairfax, VA, James T. (Wendy) Ressman of Bon Aire, GA, Dennis A. Ressman and Gerald L. (Kelly Marcaccio) Ressman, both of the City of Tonawanda, and Scott A. Ressman of Cleveland, OH; a former daughter-in-law, Janet (Streeter) Matyevich; and one sister, Thelma (Paul) Murray of Kenmore, NY. Dorothy is also survived by ten grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and was the beloved aunt, friend, and "adopted 'Gramma'" to many.
Friends may call on Tuesday from 2-4 PM and 6-9 PM at JOHN O. ROTH FUNERAL HOME, INC., 25 William St. (Between Morgan & Broad Sts.) City of Tonawanda. A Celebration of Dorothy's Life will be held on Wednesday, March 6th at 10:30 AM at Salem United Church of Christ, 114 Morgan St., Tonawanda. Friends invited. Rev. Jeremy Lopez will officiate. Private interment will be in Acacia Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Salem United Church of Christ, 114 Morgan St., Tonawanda, NY 14150 or to The Hospice Foundation of WNY, 225 Como Park Blvd., PO Box 590 Buffalo, NY 14240-0590.
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