Dorothea M. Provenzano

May 16th, 2014

Dorothea M. (Thomas) Provenzano, age 89, passed on peacefully after a long illness on May 15, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

Dot was born on July 9, 1924, at 100 West Street in Wilmington, MA. in the family’s farmhouse. She was the daughter of the late Theodore Eugene and Elizabeth Ann (Lang) Thomas, she was one of five siblings. Raised and educated in the Wilmington school system and she also continued her education after graduation attending Drafting school.

Dorothea married the late Salvatore (Sal) Provenzano and together they raised 3 wonderful children. Her family was always first and foremost in her life, but she always had time for friends and even to help total strangers in need.  Nobody could ever love Easter and Christmas holidays like Dorothea, they were her favorite time of the year.

She was a generous lady, giving of herself and her time hosting many charitable events and always volunteering for countless fundraisers, her enjoyment always was helping others unselfishly in the community. She spent lot of hours being a leader for the Cub Scouts and the Campfire Girls for she loved and would do anything for children.

Dorothea was a woman of remarkable faith.  She was a very active communicant of St. Thomas Church (Wilmington, MA) and later at St. Joseph’s Parish (Ossipee, NH) for many years and the head of the Catholic daughters and Lioness Club involving herself in countless Church bazaars, cookouts, and Minstrel shows, whenever she was called upon.

In the early 1980’s after her career with Sweetheart Plastics and being head cook in one of the Wilmington schools, she retired and moved to Tamworth, NH where her family spent many years camping and making many countless happy memories.  She also took a part time job at Subway. Dot was always on the go. She would cook, bake, go for walks, rake the yard, feed the birds and just love nature. The only time you could get her to sit down and relax was to do her knitting and quilting. She knitted baby sweater sets, blankets, hats for newborns at hospitals, and handmade quilts.

Dorothea will be fondly remembered for her sense of humor, her total devotion to family and friends, and her great love for God.  She was quite a lady in every sense of the word, and will be missed dearly by all.

She was the beloved wife of the late Salvatore Provenzano, devoted mother of Richard Provenzano and his wife Maureen of Billerica, Gary Provenzano of Tamworth, NH., and Gail (Provenzano) Ciardi of Wilmington, loving “Grammy” of Meghan and her husband Jimmy Higson, Tanya Ciardi and Tasha Ciardi, “GG” of great grandchildren  Aidan and Dylan Higson, cherished daughter of the late Theodore E. and Elizabeth A. (Lang) Thomas.

Family and friends are all invited for visiting hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Avenue, Wilmington, MA., 4-8pm on Monday, May 19th. Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc. on May 20th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass and Church services  at 10:00 a.m. at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Avenue, Wilmington, MA., followed by the Interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Memorial donations in Dorothea’s name may be made to St. Joseph’s Parish, P. O. Box 248, Center Ossipee, NH  03814-0248.


10 Entries in Guest Book for “Dorothea M. Provenzano”

  1. Bob Thomas says:

    Will miss you Aunt Dot. Love Always, Bob & Debbie :)

  2. Jo-Ann Calo Foss-Warren says:

    Dear Gail, Gary & Richard,

    My deepest condolences go out to you all.

    Gail, you and Gary will always be in my heart. Many years have gone by but we always seem to find each other for a friendly hello even if it meant me knocking on your door after 20 years…..I always remember the fun times with you & Gary at the North….you slamming my fingers in the gym doors (2 of them are still flat!!!) Summers going to your camp and going over each others house on the school bus. I have so many happy memories of your Mom & Dad. They were like my adoptive parents for many years.
    She was a very hard worker, a wonderful person and she was loved by many. May she rest in peace in heaven with your Dad.

    Gail, I am going to try my hardest to drop by Monday or early Tuesday. I want to see you and hope maybe we can get together in the future for lunch and catch -up. I miss you girl…… If not I will be knocking at your door soon ….

    Remember: Memories last forever, never do they die. Friends stay together, never say goodbye.

  3. Clare Donahoe says:

    Gail: I’m sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She is now in a better place, and she is pain free. Hang in there.

    Clare Donahoe

  4. Arlene Thorndike says:

    Gail, Rick and Gary,
    Please accept our deepest sympathy to all of you from all our family. Our hearts are as broken as yours and we all have such wonderful memories of the years we spent together camping at Catamount and the wonderful, devoted, caring and deeply religious woman your mom was. She was truly a saint. I loved her like a sister and will always treasure the memories I have of her. Love to all, Arlene and Bob and all the kids.

  5. dennis gray says:

    Rick, Gary, & Gail …….. sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. She was such a great lady. I’ll never forget how much both your mom & dad did for me during the years I stayed with them while attending college. Marilyn and I have fond memories of your family.

  6. marie oleary says:

    My Dear Gail, Your mom was a one of a kind woman and she will be sadly missed. Know Warren and I are with you in this sad time. love you

  7. Chris Athas says:

    Life is full of joy and sadness. Dot really is the light that brought the joy into so many hearts and lives. Her mild manners and her wisdom comforted al that knew her. A beautiful lady with a remarkable spirit and a deep devotion for God and family.
    May the Lord bless her and keep her in his Kingdom forever.

  8. Scott Brown says:

    We will miss you Aunt Dot. Thank you for always keeping us in your thoughts and prayers. May you Rest in Peace with the Lord.

    Our most sincere condolences to your family and loved ones from all of us.
    Scott and Maria

  9. Phil & Michelle Murphy-Sheehan says:

    Dear Gary, We are so sorry about the loss of your beloved Mom. We know how much you she meant to you and we’re sure you’re in a great deal of pain. Even though you know she was ready, we, as survivors, never are. We are here for you; no matter what you need. We love you and want you to know that you always have a place to come to for a home cooked meal, cupcakes, a cold beer and a warm hug. Love, just 2 of your enormous extended family – Phil & Michelle

  10. Michael Mooney says:

    Dear Gary, Rick, and Gail, I just learned of your mom’s passing and want you to know how very sorry we are at White Mountain Subway. Dot was such a wonderful person, a friend, I want you to know what a positive influence on all the young people she worked with and cared for at Subway of West Ossipee, you probably know she could outwork any 19 year old out there! God bless you, Dot
    Michael Mooney

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