Nickerson Funeral Home

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Doris H. Ruggero

January 4, 1926May 18, 2020

Doris H Ruggero, 94, of Harwich, MA passed away on Monday, May 18, 2020, surrounded by her family and listening to her favorite program’s theme song from “Outlander”, which was recorded for her by her grandson & his partner.

Doris was born on January 4, 1926 in Weehawken, NJ to the late Robert & Helen Franke. She graduated High School and secretarial school, after which she worked for Citibank in NYC.

She attended St John’s Episcopal Church where she met the love of her life, late husband Nicholas D Ruggero. They married in 1949 and lived in Union City, NJ until 1956 when they moved to Glen Rock, NJ. After taking time off to be a stay-at-home mom, she returned to work as a secretary for the Glen Rock Board of Education.

After her husband’s death in 2002, she continued to live in Glen Rock, until 2007 when she moved to Harwich, MA. Cape Cod was their favorite vacation spot since the early 70’s and the planned retirement location for her two daughters.

Doris was an active member of St Peter’s Lutheran Church of Cape Cod in Harwich and participated in the Esther Circle group.

She is survived by daughters Lynn Hatch (husband Richard) of Harwich and Jean Leidenfrost (husband Frank) of Brewster, MA, her two grandsons Christopher Leidenfrost (partner Rick Allen Wilson) of Baldwin, NY and Thomas Leidenfrost of Brewster, as well as Frank’s children, her grandchildren of the heart, Paul Leidenfrost of W Yarmouth, MA and Kimberly Vasgersian of Wycoff, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to St Peter’s Lutheran Church of Cape Cod, Harwich or Broad Reach Hospice and Palliative Care, N Chatham.

A memorial service will be held at a date yet to be determined, at the Memorial Garden of St Peter’s Lutheran Church of Cape Cod.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Doris H. Ruggero

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Lydia Tembo

May 28, 2020

Lynn and Family,
My deepest heartfelt condolences to you and the family. I am so grateful for her kindness as a newbie at St.Peter's. Her smile and hugs always made me feel seen and appreciated. Lifting up prayers for you and your family as you entrust her to our faithful and most loving Creator. With Love, Lydia

william reuss

May 25, 2020

Doris was my last surviving 1st cousin on my father's side. She was the sweetest woman. Just the kindest lady who treated her family with deep love and respect. I will cherish the very fond memories I have of her. My greatest sympathies for her family.

Cousin Billy

Janet Reuss

May 24, 2020

As many have said, Doris was always kind and sweet,
With a quick smile. I don’t think I ever heard her angry.
I remember when she and Lynn stopped at our place in NJ.
After visiting some Native American program. All I gave
Them was salad for lunch!
Janet and Bill

Debra Caroll-James

May 24, 2020

Lynn, and Family,
Our many prayers and love for the home-going of your Mother. She was a sweet and loving person. Always a smile, a hug and just pure love. I know that the family is missing her but remember the memories that she left you all to cherish. She is with you all in spirit if not in body.
Love and prayers
Debra and family

Bernadette Abeyta

May 24, 2020

My deepest heartfelt condolences to the Ruggero family. The saints and angels have welcomed your loved one and will care for her with the blessings of Our Lord. May your memories bring you an understanding peace and calmness to assist in your time of sorrow. My daily rosary will be prayed for the Ruggero family.

Mary Hatch

May 24, 2020

I've known Doris since I was a kid. The fondness memory I have was when Lynn, Dick & I would venture to Glen Rock, NJ in Dec for cookie making day! The variety of cookies Doris would make was amazing, we baked & decorated all day. Maybe that's where I got the love for cookies. 😊
Rest in piece, you will be missed.

Jim & Ellie Degeorges

May 23, 2020

we lovingly remember when we met doris . She was our Grand ma's Gerrys best friend. Such a sweet lady , gently kind and sweet. She will be remember with love and compassion and sending our love to Lynn and the family. Sorry for your loss.. She was such a wonderful lady.. GOD BLESS.

Valerie Young

May 23, 2020

I will always have fond memories of my road trip to Charlotte with Lynn and her Mom. She was so good-natured with a great sense of humor. A pleasure to have as a travel companion. My love and condolence to the family members she left behind. I am sure her legacy will continue through each of you.

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