Dorothy Marcia Barlow Bissell, 89, active in First Congregational Church

Dorothy Marcia Barlow Bissell, who was active in the First Congregational Church here, died Aug. 5, at the Jewish Home of Fairfield. She was 89 years old and he widow of Roger W. Bissell.

She was born on June 9, 1923 in Dedham, Mass., and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in art history from Wheaton College, Norton, Mass. She also studied personnel management at Radcliffe College, Cambridge, Mass.

She worked in Boston for C. Crawford Hollidge, Ltd., where she met Mr. Bissell. They married on Valentine’s Day, 1948. The family moved to Ridgefield in 1975 and Mrs. Bissell was active in the Women’s Fellowship of the First Congregational Church as a member of the Gibson Circle and later the Elizabeth Circle. She also was an active member of PEO Chapter G.

After the death of her husband in 1982, she worked for six years at the B. J. Dolan Company in Bethel before retiring in 1988.

She is survived by her five children: Douglas H. Bissell and wife Virginia (Balchunas) of Waynesboro, Va., Marcia L. Bissell of Fairfield, Benjamin B. Bissell and wife Lori (Mangiamele) of Trumbull, Cynthia A. Bissell of Branford, and Jonathan R. Bissell of Danbury. She is also survived by three grandsons and two nieces.

A memorial service will take place on Thursday Aug. 9, at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church in Ridgefield. Burial will be at the Canton Corner Cemetery in Canton, Mass., at a later date.

The Edmund N. Dougiello Funeral Home in Fairfield is handling arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross or a charity of one’s choice.