Dorothy Jean Riggio, of North Tustin, Calif., passed away peacefully on July 18, 2013. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., on October 29, 1928 to Dean and Edith Schwerha Naugle. She graduated from high school and entered Pittsburgh Hospital School of Nursing where she completed her course of study with the Class of 1949. She loved her nursing career and took great joy in working in the Labor and Delivery unit where she helped bring new life into the world. Rumor has it that on a day off, she caught the eye of a handsome young doctor as she handed out tickets at a hospital dance. She and Joseph Riggio were married on December 26, 1953.
Dorothy’s life was dedicated to taking care of her husband, Joseph, and her five children. She was active in her parish church and was a member of the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center Women’s Auxiliary in Burbank for many years. Her favorite times were spent with family; cooking for and entertaining all who entered her beautiful home, whether they be out-of-town visitors, relatives, or her children’s many friends.
Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, to whom she was married for 44 years. She is survived by her sister, Cathy; children Lisa, Marcie, Joseph, David, and Jim; and their spouses. She leaves behind four grandchildren, Lauren, Jordan, and Michael Riggs and Luke Soderquist.
Dorie, as she was known, will be forever remembered for her beauty, humility, hospitality, and love for everyone. Her smile and laugh made everyone she met feel cherished.
A funeral Mass was celebrated on July 25, 2013 at Saint Charles Borromeo Church in North Hollywood. She was laid to rest at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills beside her beloved husband.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association.