Dorothy Bolmer Ridinger
Dorothy Bolmer Ridinger
  • June 18, 1922 - July 11, 2017
  • Dover, Florida

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Our beloved mother and grandmother Dorothy Bolmer Ridinger (Dottie), 95, of Palm Harbor, Florida, passed away July 11, 2017. She is predeceased by her parents Edith M. and Thayer A. Bolmer, of Rocky Hill, NJ; her son William T. Partington; her husband of 24 years John S. Ridinger, Jr.; her sisters Edith Sarah Bolmer and Jane Marie Heidtmann; and her brother-in-law Donald Heidtmann. Dorothy is survived by her son David J. Partington (Cleo) of Worcester, PA, and her 3 daughters Deborah Jean Partington of Phoenix, AZ, Susan Jane Livingston (Steven) of N. Brooksfield, MA, and Victoria Ann Butler (David) of Dover, FL; Stepdaughter Betsy Bailey (Steve) of Holliston MA; grandchildren Michael James Bernardi (Amy), Bruce, Ryan and Robert Livingston; Daniel, Jeffrey and Jennifer Butler; and Megan and Chris Bailey; and 6 great grandchildren.

Dorothy had a lifelong passion for history, the arts, and human rights. She obtained degrees in European history from Douglass College, NJ (BA) and Lehigh University, PA (MA). She taught college courses in History and World Civilization at Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti and Mass Bay Community College in Wellesley Hills, MA. She also worked at Educational Testing Service in Princeton writing exam questions for the Medical College Admissions, Selective Service, and College Board examinations. Dorothy's other positions included high school teacher, substitute teacher, arts instructor, education curriculum advisor, and editor. Her community contributions included, among many activities, co-founding the Holliston League of Women Voters, participating as an active member of the Episcopal Church, teaching Sunday school, and serving for many years as a lay reader and vestry member for St. Michaels Church in Holliston, MA. Most recently, from 1995 to 2002, Dorothy served as a volunteer tutor at Highland Lakes Elementary in Palm Harbor, FL. She loved reading, painting, teaching, visiting historical sites, walks on the beach, bible study, and spending time with friends and family. Dorothy’s intelligence, compassion, optimism, spirituality, and determination enriched the lives of her family and many friends and she will be greatly missed.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held on August 20, 2017, at 11:45 at St. Mark Village Chapel, 2655 Nebraska Ave, Palm Harbor Florida. Her ashes will be laid to rest at Sylvan Abbey Cemetare on Sunset Point Road in Clearwater. Her family will also celebrate her life at a gathering in Rocky Hill, NJ, in October. Memorial donations may be made to Suncoast Hospice at or the Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches at The family wishes to extend its heartfelt gratitude to the nurses and staff of St. Mark Village for their friendship and care of Dorothy for many years and the Suncoast Hospice North Pinellas Brookside for their excellent care in her final days.