Doris Ann Dzamba

Doris Ann Dzamba, age 91, passed away quietly on Nov. 12, 2018. She was born Sept. 26, 1927 in Jersey City, NJ, the daughter of Emil and Esther Ruvere. Doris was predeceased by John, her loving husband of 37 years. She was the last matriarch of the Ruvere family as she was predeceased by her sister Jane Uccellini and her brothers Alfred & Robert Ruvere. Doris is survived by her son Bruce & his fiance Bonnie, her daughter Cynthia & her boyfriend Andy, her niece Frances Haddad and nephews Martin, Dominick & Thomas Uccellini, many grand-nieces and grand-nephews and her dear friends Henry Buechse, Lee Matthews and Elinor Belanus.

She raised her children and lived most of her life in Jersey City. During WWII, Doris supported the war effort by sewing leather pilot helmets and uniforms. She was a telephone operator for the original telephone company, but left MA Bell to get married and raise her children. Doris returned to the work force as an executive secretary at Eastern Freightways. She then became the assistant to the program director at the American Heart Association, planning and coordinating their fund-raising efforts. She was a bookkeeper at National Welding for many years as well as an office clerk at Colonna Brothers.

Doris cared for her parents and great-aunt in their declining years and for John after his stroke. Upon his death, she continued to help others by becoming a volunteer at Beth Israel Hospital in Passaic, NJ. She donated to many charities, especially Native American causes. Doris loved her Poodle and Newfoundland "fur babies" and was an avid shopper who knew every mall within a 50 mile radius.

Doris loved Arizona and was a "snowbird" in Tucson since the early '80s, finally retiring to Green Valley in 2005. Being a sun worshiper, she spent many enjoyable hours at the GVR community pools.

She was an avid reader, devouring the daily newspaper over her morning coffee as well as the current bestsellers and biographies of prominent people. She could always be found sitting in the sun, either reading her books or waiting to talk to passers-by with their pets. Doris was very interested in politics and never missed KGUN-9 and Fox news.

Doris's health has been failing for the past year, but she is finally at peace with the Lord. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

The family wishes to thank all those who cared for her during her last days. There was a private family service, so in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Padre Pio in Doris's name by visiting the website at or calling (610) 845-3000.