In Memoriam Doris Decker

Obituary for Doris R. Decker

Doris (Ritchie) Decker, 85, of Southington, formerly of Plainville, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her girls, on Wednesday, September 4, 2013.

Born in New Britain on June 21, 1928, she was the youngest of six children to the late Frank J. and Odna M. (Lagassey) Ritchie.

Odna & Frank 1913

Raised in Plainville, she was a 1946 graduate of Plainville High School, and married Robert J. Barbier shortly after in 1947, with whom she raised four daughters. After his death in 1962, she went to work for Parsons Buick Company for 26 years, where she met John F. “Jack” Decker, and retired in 1992. She and Jack were married in 1976, sharing 27 years together until his passing in 2002.

A longtime member of St. Dominic Church, Doris led a full and active life. She loved to go to a movie, bake, sew, knit, golf, work on puzzles, and especially enjoyed spending time at West Hill Lake with her family. She also enjoyed her many trips with her friends from the NADA Buick Dealer 20 Group throughout the U.S., Australia, and Paris. While in Paris, she was able to take a side trip to Holland where she was able to visit the grave of her brother, William, who died during W.W. II.

William Ritchie

William Ritchie

She is survived by her four daughters, Donna Salsbury, Nancy Barbier, Beth Bussett (Mike), and Carol Misbach; six grandchildren, Corey Barbier, Kelly Misbach Osterling (Christer), Audra D’Agostino, Mallory D’Agostino, Spencer D’Agostino, and Griffin D’Agostino, and her great-grandson, Jack Osterling. She also leaves her sister, Helene Arel, and Sisters-in-law, Alice O’Hala and Ruth Johnson, along with many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers, William, Robert, and Francis Ritchie, and her sister, Irene Varhol.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 9 a.m. from Bailey Funeral Home, 48 Broad St, Plainville, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Domenic Church, 1050 Flanders Rd. Southington. Burial will follow at St. Thomas Cemetery. Family and friends may gather on Sunday, from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, Doris may be remembered with contributions to Masonicare Home Health & Hospice, 111 Founders Plaza, Suite 200, East Hartford, CT 06108. 

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