GARDEN CITY, N.Y., and CLIFTON - Dorothea Hanlon Schipp, 90, died peacefully Nov. 9, 2012, surrounded by her family at her daughter's house in Searsport. She was born on Halloween 1922 in the Bronx, N.Y.
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She graduated from Hunter High School and Hunter College, where she was a member of Alpha Delta Phi sorority. She earned her advanced degrees from New York University. She worked for AT&T for 39 years, including working on The Manhattan Project. She was a co-creator of the 800 toll-free number system and was interviewed on TV by Diane Sawyer about the program.
She was predeceased by her mother and father, Dorothea and Charles Hanlon; a brother, Charles Hanlon; her niece, Mary Ann Hanlon; and her cats, Princess and Katarina. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Dorothea "Darci" and Dana Moody of Searsport; as well as her granddaughter, Dorothea "Dory" Larrabee and her fiance, Alex Zayas, of Garden City, N.Y. She also leaves a nephew, Charles Hanlon of Freeport, N.Y.; and niece, Martha Teeman of Phoenix. She enjoyed spending time with her very special friends from the South Shore Quilters in Levittown, N.Y.; and her new kitten, Abby.
Arrangements are being made by Young Funeral Home, Searsport, and services will be held at Fairchild Sons Funeral Home, Garden City, N.Y. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army by calling 1-800-SA-TRUCK or the Red Cross by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS for Hurricane Sandy Relief.
Young Funeral Home
31 West Main Street
Searsport, ME 04974
Published in BDN Maine on Nov. 12, 2012