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Dorothy Louise Ridsdale

Female 1918 - 1989  (70 years)


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  • Name Dorothy Louise Ridsdale 
    Born 7 Oct 1918  Homoeopathic Hospital, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 9 Mar 1919  Swedish Methodist Episcopal Church, Jennie Lind St., McKeesport, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Group John Bulmer Lisle Direct Line 
    • Direct Ancestors and Descendants of John Bulmer Lisle
    FamilySearch ID LR9Y-QPT 
    Link to FamilySearch Tree https://familysearch.org/tree/#view=ancestor&person=LR9Y-QPT 
    1940 Census 13 Apr 1940  Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ward 14, ED 69-366, sheet 61B
      Woodland Rd.
      Mellon, Paul                 Head  M  W  32  Md    PA           Financier
      ---, Mary                      Wife   F  W   --   Md    ---
      ---, Catherine                Dau   F  W    3  S       PA
      McAllister, Lillian        Nurse  F   W  ---  S     ----            Nurse - For Child
      Risdale, Ernest           Butler  M  W  56  Md   England    Butler - Private Home
      ---, Louise       Butler's Wife   F  W  56  Md   MA
      ---, Dorothy     Butler's Dau    F  W  21  S      PA
      Forsey, Edwin     Gardener   M  W  --   Md    Sweden   Gardener - Private Home
    Died 8 Aug 1989  St. Anthony's Hospital, Denver, Denver County, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cremated Abt 10 Aug 1989  Evergreen, Jefferson County, Colorado 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 her ashes were interred in the columbarium at St. Francis-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church in Green Valley.
    FindaGrave Memorial # 172618262 
    Link to FindaGrave Memorial http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=172618262 
    Buried 16 Aug 1989  Saint Francis-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church Columbarium, Green Valley, Pima County, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location 
    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 parents 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 afterwards, 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 house 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 an apartment 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 and 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 1972-1973 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 moved to a larger condo 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
    Person ID I801  Family of Robert Ridsdale and Eleanor Curry
    Last Modified 12 Nov 2016 

    Father Ernest Lake Ridsdale,   b. 31 Dec 1883, 5 William St., New Skelton, North Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 May 1972, Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Mother Hilma Louisa "Louise" Korp,   b. 21 Aug 1882, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 1973, Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Marriage License 27 Jul 1915  East Hampton, Suffolk County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • United States Marriages Transcription
      First name(s)       Ernest Lake
      Last name       Ridsdale
      Sex       Male
      Age       31
      Birth year       1884
      Father's first name(s)       John
      Father's last name       Ridsdale
      Mother's first name(s)       Anne
      Mother's last name       Lake
      Event       Marriage
      Year       1915
      Event date       27 Jul 1915
      Location       East Hampton
      County       Suffolk
      State       New York
      Country       United States
      Spouse's first name(s)       Louise Hilma
      Spouse's last name       Korp
      Spouse's sex       Female
      Spouse's age       32
      Spouse's birth year       1883
      Spouse's father's first name(s)       John
      Spouse's father's last name       Korp
      Spouse's mother's first name(s)       Charlotte
      Spouse's mother's last name       Nelson
      FamilySearch film number       001955742
      Record set       United States Marriages
      Category       Birth, Marriage & Death (Parish Registers)
      Subcategory       Marriages & divorces
      Collections from       United States & Canada
    Marriage License for Ernest Lake Ridsdale and Louise Hilma Korp
    Marriage License for Ernest Lake Ridsdale and Louise Hilma Korp
    film 7740031, frame 01044
    Married 28 Jul 1915  Saint Luke's Episcopal Church, East Hampton, Suffolk County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • United States Marriages Transcription
      First name(s)       Ernest Lake
      Last name       Ridsdale
      Sex       Male
      Father's first name(s)       -
      Father's last name       -
      Mother's first name(s)       -
      Mother's last name       -
      Event       Marriage
      Year       1915
      Event date       28 Jul 1915
      Location       East Hampton
      County       Suffolk
      State       New York
      Country       United States
      Spouse's first name(s)       Louise Hilma
      Spouse's last name       Korp
      Spouse's sex       Female
      Spouse's father's first name(s)       -
      Spouse's father's last name       -
      Spouse's mother's first name(s)       -
      Spouse's mother's last name       -
      FamilySearch film number       001955742
      Record set       United States Marriages
      Category       Birth, Marriage & Death (Parish Registers)
      Subcategory       Marriages & divorces
      Collections from       United States & Canada
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      United States Marriages Transcription
      First name(s)       Ernest Lake
      Last name       Ridsdale
      Sex       Male
      Age       31
      Birth year       1884
      Father's first name(s)       John
      Father's last name       Ridsdale
      Mother's first name(s)       Ann
      Mother's last name       Lake
      Event       Marriage
      Year       1915
      Event date       28 Jul 1915
      Location       East Hampton
      County       Suffolk
      State       New York
      Country       United States
      Spouse's first name(s)       Louise Wilma
      Spouse's last name       Korp
      Spouse's sex       Female
      Spouse's age       32
      Spouse's birth year       1883
      Spouse's father's first name(s)       John
      Spouse's father's last name       Korp
      Spouse's mother's first name(s)       Charlotte
      Spouse's mother's last name       Nelson
      FamilySearch film number       001955310
      Record set       United States Marriages
      Category       Birth, Marriage & Death (Parish Registers)
      Subcategory       Marriages & divorces
      Collections from       United States & Canada
    Marriage Certificate for Ernest Lake Ridsdale and Louise Hilma Korp
    Marriage Certificate for Ernest Lake Ridsdale and Louise Hilma Korp
    Marriage Record for Ernest Lake Ridsdale and Louise Hilma Korp
    Marriage Record for Ernest Lake Ridsdale and Louise Hilma Korp
    film 7740013, frame 00620
    Marriage Record for Ernest Lake Ridsdale and Louise Hilma Korp
    Marriage Record for Ernest Lake Ridsdale and Louise Hilma Korp
    film 7740031, frame 01042
    Herbert Allen Lisle and Dorothy Louise Ridsdale Family Wedding Picture
    Herbert Allen Lisle and Dorothy Louise Ridsdale Family Wedding Picture
    Picture was taken at reception at Ridsdale's East 70th Street apartment.

    Left to right: Louise (Korp) Ridsdale, Ernest Lake Ridsdale, Dorothy Louise Ridsdale, Herbert Allen Lisle, Mesia (Davidson) Lisle
    St. Luke's Episcopal Church, East Hampton, Long Island
    St. Luke's Episcopal Church, East Hampton, Long Island
    Family ID F51  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Herbert Allen Lisle,   b. 2 Oct 1916, Clyde, Sandusky County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 2014, Green Valley, Pima County, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years) 
    Married 30 Dec 1942  St. Bartholmew's Episcopal Church, New York, New York County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Herbert Allen Lisle and Dorothy Louise Ridsdale Family Wedding Picture
    Herbert Allen Lisle and Dorothy Louise Ridsdale Family Wedding Picture
    Picture was taken at reception at Ridsdale's East 70th Street apartment.

    Left to right: Louise (Korp) Ridsdale, Ernest Lake Ridsdale, Dorothy Louise Ridsdale, Herbert Allen Lisle, Mesia (Davidson) Lisle
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Children 
     1. J.B. Lisle
     2. D.M. Lisle
     3. B.R. Lisle
    Last Modified 22 Dec 2011 
    Family ID F307  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 7 Oct 1918 - Homoeopathic Hospital, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 9 Mar 1919 - Swedish Methodist Episcopal Church, Jennie Lind St., McKeesport, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1940 Census - 13 Apr 1940 - Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 30 Dec 1942 - St. Bartholmew's Episcopal Church, New York, New York County, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 8 Aug 1989 - St. Anthony's Hospital, Denver, Denver County, Colorado Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCremated - Abt 10 Aug 1989 - Evergreen, Jefferson County, Colorado Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 16 Aug 1989 - Saint Francis-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church Columbarium, Green Valley, Pima County, Arizona Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Ernest and Dorothy Ridsdale
    Ernest and Dorothy Ridsdale