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In Memory of

Dorothy Barry

June 13, 1932 - March 28, 2015

Obituary


Dorothy Ann McCarthy Barry, a New York City native and longtime resident of Bardonia who loved poetry and painting, died on Saturday, March 28. She was 82.

Dorothy grew up in Washington Heights in Manhattan, the daughter of William and Mary McCarthy, Irish natives who moved from County Cork, Ireland, with Dorothy's four older siblings, before settling in New York. As a young adult, Dorothy worked for Western Electric, assembling phones and later working as an administrative assistant.

In the 1950s, while on a weekend trip with her girlfriends to Greenwood...

Dorothy Ann McCarthy Barry, a New York City native and longtime resident of Bardonia who loved poetry and painting, died on Saturday, March 28. She was 82.

Dorothy grew up in Washington Heights in Manhattan, the daughter of William and Mary McCarthy, Irish natives who moved from County Cork, Ireland, with Dorothy's four older siblings, before settling in New York. As a young adult, Dorothy worked for Western Electric, assembling phones and later working as an administrative assistant.

In the 1950s, while on a weekend trip with her girlfriends to Greenwood Lake, in Orange County, Dorothy met John F. Barry, a New York City Police officer she would marry in 1956. Dorothy and Jack lived in the Bronx before moving to Bardonia in 1971. They remained in Bardonia for two decades and raised five children, all of whom graduated from Clarkstown South High School.

Dorothy and Jack, who were married for nearly 50 years, later lived in Nanuet and Stony Point. Dorothy most recently lived in Massachusetts.

Dorothy, in June 1979, graduated from Rockland Community College in Suffern with an associate's degree in Applied Science. She became a registered nurse and in 1984 she graduated from Dominican College in Orangeburg with a bachelor of science in Nursing. Dorothy loved being a nurse and worked at hospitals throughout the region, including Nyack Hospital and Westchester County Medical Center.

While a Bardonia resident, Dorothy was an active parishioner at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church in West Nyack and enjoyed many summer days with her children at the West Nyack Swim Club.

Dorothy was extremely proud of her Irish heritage and throughout her life remained in close contact with her relatives in County Cork. Dorothy was a devoted Roman Catholic and on a regular basis visited the shrine of St. Kateri Tekakwitha in Fonda, N.Y. Dorothy's devotion to Kateri, a Native American whose father was a Mohawk chief, spoke to her deep affinity and respect for Native Americans, their culture and their history.

Dorothy took great pride in her large Irish family, her cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. She was extremely close with her siblings and was especially proud of her eight grandchildren: Sinead, Dylan and Emma Cahill; Ronan, Will and Claire Carroll; and Ryan and Hayley Kalukin.

Dorothy loved to cook and was a great letter writer, which allowed her to keep in close touch over the years with her many relatives and friends. She also loved to read ''' Agatha Christie murder mysteries were a favorite - and travel. Her favorite places to visit included Bermuda, the beach and the Adirondack Mountains.

Dorothy is pre-deceased by her husband and survived by her five children, Eileen Kalukin of Massachusetts; Donald Barry of California; Jeanmarie Cahill of California; Maureen Carroll of New York; and John W. Barry of New York. Dorothy maintained particularly special relationships with her sons-in-law, Des Cahill, Michael Carroll and Jeff Kalukin; and her daughter-in-law, Sarah Maninger.

Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, at Higgins Funeral Home, 321 S. Main St., New City. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 9, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 128 Parrott Road, West Nyack. Burial will follow at Ascension Cemetery, 650 Saddle River Road, Airmont, N.Y.

Dorothy's children ask that, in lieu of flowers, donations be sent in her name to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C., 20090-6011. Donations can also be made through www.alz.org.