Ruth Margaretha D’Andrea
November 2, 1928 ~ May 4, 2020
Ruth Margaretha Dolan, aged 91, died at Greenwich Hospital on May 4. She was the beloved wife to her husband Anthony D’Andrea, for 58 years until his death in 2015. She was predeceased by her parents Thomas Dolan and Margaretha Louthander, as well as her sister, Mary Dwyer, and her brother Thomas Dolan.
She was a devoted mother to her children Anthony G. D’Andrea (Karen), Mark D’Andrea (Joann), Jeffry D’Andrea (Eileen), and Mary Calabrese. She is also survived by her four beloved grandchildren, Nicholas and Jake Calabrese, Margaret D’Andrea and Anthony M. D’Andrea, all of Norwalk.
Nicknamed Peggy by her Irish father, she was born in Guttenberg, NJ on November 2, 1928. She grew up in New City, NY and attended secretarial school at Packard Business College in NYC.
Peggy met her husband Tony when they were both cast members of a community theater production of A Streetcar Named Desire in 1956. They married in 1957 and settled in Norwalk where they raised their four children and were very involved in community life.
Peggy was also a licensed hairdresser in CT, and worked out of her home while raising her four children. When her children were older, she went back to work as an executive secretary; she worked at Bigelow Tea, then at Catholic Charities of Fairfield County. In the early 1980’s she was hired by the City of Norwalk where she worked as the finance director secretary until her retirement in 1991.
During her time at Norwalk City Hall, Peggy was instrumental in the early efforts to establish the Maritime Center in 1988.
Peggy and Tony spent many happy years at their vacation home in Newfane Vermont, where they retired in 1991. She loved the Vermont life and spent many happy hours traveling around Vermont searching for finds at flea markets, tag sales, and craft fairs. She was an avid collector of antiques and had many beloved treasures and collections in both of her beautiful homes.
Peggy was fiercely patriotic, proud to be an American. She often spoke of her Irish and Swedish heritage. She was a member of the VaSa order of America.
Her happiest times were the times she spent with her husband Tony, and her four beloved grandchildren and her “grand-dogs,” who were a big part of her life.
Due to the pandemic no arrangements or services are available at this time.