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BOARDMAN – Dorris Christine Niswander, 88, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 14, 2018, at The Assumption Village in North Lima.

Born Sept. 21, 1929, in Bluefield, W.Va., she was the daughter of Alfred and Elsa Carter, and was one of eight children.

Dorris married Lee A. Niswander on June 9, 1949. He passed away on March 21, 2012.

They built their dream beach house on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Some of her happiest memories are from the times spent there. Later in life, Dorris returned to college, obtaining her Bachelor of Arts and her Master’s of Science in Education, majoring in Social Work from Youngstown State University. She worked for Parkview Counseling for many years as a mental health therapist. She was a member of the Country Lane Garden Club for over 50 years, finding her life long friends and enjoying their monthly meetings and luncheons. She was a member of the Boardman United Methodist Church.

Dorris leaves her daughters, Suzanne (Tony) Oddo of Canfield, Lyn (Bob) Handel of Seattle and Debra Fabanish of Monrovia, Calif.; her grandchildren, Jeremy, Christina and Jacquelyn Oddo, Carter and Alex Handel and Nicholas and Catherine Fabanish; and her brother, Lowell Carter of Lake City Fla.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Green Haven Memorial Gardens, 3495 S Canfield-Niles Road in Canfield. Family and friends may call one hour prior to the services at the chapel.

Care was entrusted to the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Boardman-Canfield Chapel.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at The Assumption Village - Special Care Unit, and they appreciate the compassionate care their mother received from the Hospice of The Valley.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Hospice House of the Valley, in Dorris’s name.

Guestbook Entries

Sorry for your loss

“So sorry I am out of town. Wish I could be there to give my support. Your mom seemed like an amazing lady. Also, my mom wanted me to send her sympathies. ”

 » Lynn Pilcher on April 16, 2018


“I'm so sorry for your loss. She sounded like such a remarkable woman.”

 » Penny Parish-Brown on April 16, 2018

Sad to Hear

“I'll always picture her at the beach. And at Garden Mart! My mom will miss her.”

 » Cari Marshall on April 17, 2018

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