At her home, Jan. 9, 2006, Phyllis Joanne Dorman, 73, died peacefully surrounded by her family, wife of 54 years of Leonard E. Dorman of 46 W. Shepard Ave., Hamden. Mother of Sharon (David) Ormstedt of Bloomington, IN, Wendy (Frank) Willis of Hamden, CT, Andrew (Lynne) Dorman of Cheshire, CT and Alicia (Keith) Nieforth of Randolph, NJ. Grandmother of Sarah Titzer, Erin Kolasinski, David Ormstedt, Jr., Keri Willis, Stacey Willis, Matthew Willis, Megan Willis, Chad Dorman, Jeffrey Dorman, Christopher Dorman, Abby-Lyn Dorman, Leanne Nieforth and Julia Nieforth. Great-grandmother of Jack Clement Titzer. Sister of Nancy Esposito of Narragansett, RI, Patricia Basden of Flagstaff, AZ and Gail Kelley of Ormond Beach, FL. Phyllis was born in New Haven Nov. 6, 1932, a daughter of the late Fenton P. and Ethel Galligan James. She was retired from the Payroll Department at Quinnipiac University. Her family meant so much to her - she was not only our mother, but our best friend, supporter and confidant. Funeral from BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden, Thur., Jan. 12 at 9:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Hamden. Friends may call Wed. from 4 - 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to The Father McGivney Center, 1450 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06511.

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  1. A note for Sharon and family. We are sorry for your loss and are grateful that your mom had the opportunity to go home and be surrounded by family before she left this earth to go and be surrounded by the family of God. You were blessed with the unconditional love of another, no one can ask for more. Prayers are with you.

  2. As a college friend of Sarah’s, I was lucky to have met her grandmother many times. I have such fond memories of Mrs. Dorman’s warm personality, and will always remember how beautiful she looked dancing at Sarah’s wedding. I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with your entire family.

  3. Dear Lenny, Sharon, Wendy, Andy and Alicia…Mom told me about Phyllis passing…I know this is a hard time for all of you. Phyllis was a second mother to me growing up-she was always there watching over me and I’m so thankful for that. I know it’s been many years since I’ve seen all of you and Phyllis, but the memories come back as though it were just yesterday we were spending time at the shore or going to Hubbard Park or having backyard picnics. I’m thinking of all of you and send my love and prayers. Much love to all of you, Cindy.

  4. Dear Sharon and family, Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. God Bless,Rosemary Hathaway

  5. Dear Sharon, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. She sounds like a wonderful loving person. My prayers go out to you and your family. God Bless, Barbara Hoyt Endoscopy–p.s. you are missed.

  6. Dear Sharon, I am very sorry for the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Most Sincerely, Maureen

  7. I have many fond memories of Lenny & Phyllis – Growing up in Hamden, I was friends with Cindy McLean. We spent many hours between the McLean home and the Dorman home. Lenny & Phyllis always made me feel welcome – like one of the family. My sympathies to all of you. May God Bless you and bring you His gifts of comfort and peace. Carol (Larson) Ward

  8. I just wanted to send my condolences and deepest sympathy to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss.

  9. I was lucky to have met Mrs. Dorman many times over the years as a college friend of Sarah’s. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family during this time of loss. My God comfort you and provide you the strength needed today and each day! LOVE, Melissa

  10. My prayers and deepest sympathy to Lennie and the entire Dorman family. Working with Phyllis for many years was such a pleasure. She will be solely missed. Love, Nadiyah (Quinnipiac University, Human Resource Dept.)

  11. My sincere sympathy to the family. My prayers are with you. Celebrate her life with the many fond memories.

  12. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I had the pleasure of meeting this beautiful woman when celebrating Stacey’s confirmation at Marist, and she made a lasting impression on all of the girls as your whole family has.

  13. Our heartfelt condolences to your family at this time. We know what a special mother and grandmother Phyllis was to her family. The Horwitz Family (Friend of Alicia’s)

  14. Our most sincere condolences to Lenny, Alicia, Keith, Leanne and Julia during these sad days – please know that our prayers are with you. May God look after you through this difficult time – he is no doubt looking after Phyllis

  15. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this hard time. Please know that she is in a better place now watching over us. Your memories of her will always keep her alive in your heart.

  16. Sharon and Family: You are ever constant in my thoughts and prayers. . But these are written so taht you may believe taht Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life!. John 20:31 Love in Christ Jesus, Barbara Riddell

  17. Sharon, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. My heart goes out to you, along with my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and your family at this difficult time with great peace and comfort.

  18. Sharon, my thoughts have been and will be with you over the coming days. You testify to your mother’s influence by who you are. We miss you.

  19. Stace: I just heard about your grandmother. I am so sorry. Please extend my sincerest condolences to your Mom and your entire family. Even though your grandmother was sick it is still an extremely difficult loss for you and your Mom. At least she is not suffering any more. If your grandmother was anything like the both of you I am sure she was a wonderful woman and a great person and she will be sorely missed. Cherish her memories and she will always be with you. I am sure she is with the angels now and smiling upon you in peace.

  20. To all the family of .Sharon’s Mom….My heartfelt condolences on the loss of such a beautiful, fun and lively woman. My memories are of her smiling, helping out and clearly loving every minute of being with her husband and you all….her legacy. And hers is a most beautiful legacy. With love from all the DeGray’s

  21. To Sarah Ormstedt Titzer Our deepest sympathy for your loss. We know how hard it is to give up our beloved grandmothers. We are thinking of you. Love, Pam and Russ

  22. To Sharon and her family, The loss of a parent is so difficult, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your tribute to her as your best friend speaks volumes about her abilities as a wonderful mother.

  23. To Wendy, Frank, Keri, Stacey, Matt, and Megan: Hey my loves… your family is constantly on my mind and in my prayers- your family did so much and were so good to your grandmother and were such a big part of her life especially towards the end….you have an amazing family with so much love I am so sorry I can’t make it. Love you with all my heart and you wont leave my mind for a second…its so hard what you’re all going through and I want you to know I am here…love you all

  24. We are terribly sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with all of you. From the couple of times we met her you could tell she was a wonderful person to be around. Love you all, The Mercandinos

  25. Wendy, Frank & family, what a horrible loss for all of you, I am so sad to hear about your Mom. How lucky she was to have your care during her final days. What a wonderful daughter she has and I am sure she knew it always. Be thankful for all of your years together and how wonderful it was for her to see all of the wonderful things you and Frank have been able to create together. I am sure she knew great joy at seeing your children grow. Life is certainly a circle isn’t it. You can’t really appreciate or recognize joy and happiness without knowing their opposite of loss and sadness. Our thoughts are with you, your Dad and family at this difficult time.

  26. What an amazing, beautiful woman…I am so sorry for your loss and I will be thinking of you all during this difficult time.

  27. You all are in my thoughts and prayers in this difficult time. I know how hard it is to lose a family member and words do not describe my sympathies for you for what you are going through. Please, use me as an ear or a shoulder. I love you all Celya

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