portrait picture for Ruth Margaretha D’Andrea


Due to the pandemic no arrangements or services are available at this time.

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.

  1. Anthony, Mark, Jeffrey and Mary,
    Peggy was a special lady and David and I have many wonderful memories that involved Tony and Peggy, that we will alway cherish. Because
    Of them we have our home in Vermont. Our hearts will always have a special place for both of them. Peggy was a big personality and will
    Be sorely missed, we’ve laughed and cried, but we’ll never forget. Anything we can do for any of you, just let us know.
    Love you all
    David and Mary Ann Sabini

    May 6, 2020
    Mary Ann Sabini -
  • So very sorry for your loss Jeff an Family

    May 6, 2020
    Judy an Dick Bryant -
  • My thoughts and prayers are with you!

    May 6, 2020
    Francetta Tice -
  • We are so sorry for your loss. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

    May 6, 2020
    Karin and Paul Cook -
  • Dear Mare, Mark, Anthony and Jeff, all her beloved family,
    Your parents were very special people to me and will always hold a special place in my heart. Mr D calling her sweet pea always blessed my heart! Peg’s stories always kept me amused and oh how we would laugh together! If there’s anything you need, I am here. Thinking of you all. Love you , Janet, Kenny, Brittney and CourtneyXOXO

    May 6, 2020
    Janet Stewart -
  • Our prayers are with you and your family
    Lissa/Arnie family

    May 6, 2020
    Mr and Mrs Arnie Arnold -
  • Dear Mary,Anthony, Mark, Jeff: I am very sorry to hear of your mothers passing. We will say a prayer for her. May she RIP. Nick, Paul, Jim, Steve Scutti

    May 6, 2020
    Nick, Paul, Jim, Steve Scutti -
  • My deepest condolences Mary to you and your family. I’m thinking of you during this difficult time. I know how vey special your mom was to you, and may your wonderful family memories bring you peace, comfort and strength.

    May 7, 2020
    Cheryl DeMichael -
  • My deepest condolences to the Dandrea family. Fond memories on Pettom Road.

    Fran Yost

    May 7, 2020
    frances yost -
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