Dorothy Joan Ryan

July 4, 1920February 5, 2018

Dorothy Ryan, 97

A Catholic Memorial Mass for Dorothy Joan Ryan, a resident of College Park, will be held at 10 o’clock AM Saturday February 24, 2018 at Saint James Catholic Church 215 North Orange Avenue Orlando Florida 32801. There will be a Celebration of Life Immediately after the mass in the social hall at Saint James.

Dorothy Joan Ryan passed away peacefully on the morning of February 5, 2018 at Vitas Inpatient Hospice Unit in Winter Garden. Dorothy was born on July 4, 1920 to James Finn and Agnes (Beck) Finn. She was united in marriage to John F.X. Ryan on October 5, 1943. He preceded her in death January, 1978. They were married 35 years.

Dorothy was a homemaker and worked at Jordan Marsh as a sales person for 20 years. Dorothy enjoyed dancing and was a dancer for the Dancing Grandmothers for approximately 10 years. She entertained for local community events. She was happiest spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Dorothy is survived by her children: John Ryan, Stephen Ryan, Francine (Scott) Lloyd. Daughter in law: Cindy Ryan Nephews and niece: Robert (Darlene) Comey, Ray (Lori) Comey, Michelle Gibbons Grandchildren: Ty Ryan, Alexandra Lloyd, Conor Ryan, Hannah Lloyd

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her son Kevin Ryan, her sister Elizabeth Gremmler, her brothers Jack Finn, James Finn, Billy Finn, Ronald Finn.

Individuals can make donations in lieu of flowers to St. James Cathedral School online at indicate that this is a memorial gift in memory of Dorothy Joan Ryan) or by mailing a check:

St. James Cathedral School Attn: Ana Crowe 505 East Ridgewood Street Orlando, FL 32803


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February 8, 2018

Dear Francine,
My thoughts and prayers go out to you and all the family. Dot was a very special lady--always with a smile on her face and I loved her funny stories. She is deeply missed and somewhere she is now dancing among the clouds.
Love and Blessings, Barbara Miller

Peni Yarbrough

February 8, 2018

I am so sorry about the loss of your mother. I know it has been a very difficult time for you this past year. My deepest sympathy to you and family. We are so fortunate when they live a long time but also so filled with sadness when we have to give them up. I know her life was enriched these last years by having you and your girls

Shannon Maher

February 7, 2018

My Dear Frannie,Scott,Alex and Hannah, I was so lucky to have met Miss Dorothy and I always admired her spunk and style! I am so sorry to hear of her passing ,I know how much she was deeply loved and cared for by you ! Please know that my prayers are with you all . Love, Shannon,Patrick,Paige,Claire and Gracie Maher

Margaret Irizarry

February 6, 2018

Dear Frannie, I am praying for you and your girls as you mourn the loss of your beautiful mother and grandmother. I loved to hear stories about Dorothy from you at work. She reminded me a lot of my grandmother...always funny, feisty, and beautiful! May the Lord give you comfort during this difficult time. With love and prayers, Margaret

February 6, 2018

Like mother, like daughter... Both are beautiful and strong women who are spiritually blessed with lives full of family, friends and love! Cyndi D

Ivonne Sullivan

February 6, 2018

Although I never met you, I learned to admire you and love you through the love and stories expressed by your wonderful daughter, Francine. Rest in peace, Ms. Dorothy!

Suzanne Salzman

February 6, 2018

I wish you and your entire family my deepest condolences. Dorothy Ryan had such a beautiful spirit and has left a loving legacy in you, your siblings and children. May all of your happy memories comfort you when you miss her.

Suzy Hill

February 6, 2018

I loved hearing stories about beautiful Dorothy over the years. I hope to continue hearing them as she rests. Her memory will certainly be carried on by her family. May she rest peacefully. My thoughts and prayers are with all who loved her.

Joann Reis

February 6, 2018

My dear Dorothy you were a force to be reckoned with- I enjoyed our time together- you will forever be a part of my heart- Rest In Peace my love.