Obituary of Dorothy R. Disario
Dorothy R. Cronin Disario, teacher, community volunteer, and world traveler died at her home in Spring Lake Village, Santa Rosa, California on April 19, 2017 at the age of 94. Dorothy grew up in Winthrop, Massachusetts and attended Emmanuel College in Boston, until she left in 1943 to take a job in the Pentagon with the National Bureau of Standards. When she returned home a year later, she married Paul C. Disario, then a Naval officer. They lived in several places in the Northeast while she raised five children, principally in Old Greenwich, CT. In her 50's, Dorothy returned to school to complete her B.A. at Manhattanville College and then went onto earn an M.S. in Education from New York University in 1980. For over 10 years, Dorothy taught chemistry, biology, and physics at several schools, including Greenwich High School, Greenwich Academy, and Stamford Catholic High. She was active in many community organizations, including serving as a volunteer at Greenwich Hospital, as president of the Old Greenwich Garden Club and as a "Daffodil Judge" at horticultural exhibitions. When she and Paul retired, they travelled extensively, visiting South Africa, Botswana, India, China, Tibet, Egypt, South America, the Middle East, and Europe. She even climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in her mid-60s and visited the Amazon Rain Forest at age 93. In 2005, Dorothy and Paul left Old Greenwich, where they had lived for 45 years, for a new life in Geyserville, California. Always an avid gardener, Dorothy joined the Healdsburg Garden Club to learn about western plants, and ultimately served as its president in 2012. Active well into her 90's, Dorothy got to know her new area by walking several miles a day and maintained a regular lap swimming routine. She learned to play petanque, and quickly earned a trophy and the nickname "Dead-eye Dot". Following Paul's death in 2013, Dorothy moved to Spring Lake Village where she continued to exercise, served on the Residents' Council, and took classes in philosophy, history and theology. Dorothy was born in Cambridge, MA, the second of three children. She is survived by her children: Paul of Sacramento, CA; Michele Stratton of San Francisco, CA; Gabrielle of Sebastopol, CA; Elizabeth Lighton of New York, NY; and Andrea Marcusa of New York, NY; and by eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. John's Church in Healdsburg, CA at 2:00 p.m. on May 20, 2017. An inurnment and Memorial Mass will be held on June 15, 2017 at 2:00 PM at St. Catherine of Sienna Church in Riverside, CT.