Dora Thatcher Fratelli

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Fratelli, Dora Thatcher

Ithaca: Dora Thatcher Fratelli, age 92, died on January 10, 2013 at Kendal at Ithaca. Born in Mansfield, Louisiana on August 25, 1920, she was the daughter of Joseph Hunter Thatcher and Dora Sutliffe Thatcher. Dora lived in Louisiana, attended Sophie Newcomb College of Tulane University, New Orleans, undertook graduate work leading to a Master's Degree at the University of Michigan. She served in a civilian capacity with the War Department, Intelligence Division as a cryptanalyst. Following World War II she wrote several histories of cryptanalysis for the military. She then pursued further study in a program of comparative religions at Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University in what was to be a lifelong interest the religions of the world. It was here that she met and married her first husband. After the birth of her two daughters, she moved with her family to the Albany, NY area and began a career teaching in the public schools. She continued her teaching career for 25 years in Westchester and Suffolk Counties in New York. After retiring from teaching in 1977 she continued her education, earning a Master's Degree in Family Counseling and opening a private practice in Sayville, LI, NY. She remarried in 1977 to her second husband, Anthony Fratelli, with whom she lived until her death. In 1986 she and her husband retired and relocated to Ithaca, NY where she became an active member of the community, serving in several organizations.

She is survived by (her husband), her two daughters, Deborah Ann Weller of Glen Allen, VA wife of Robert T. Weller II and Marcia Jean Vetter of Mountain Lakes, NJ; eight grandchildren and several great grandchildren.


Published in Ithaca Journal on Jan. 12, 2013
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