Dellascio, Dorothy

September 20, 2008


Dorothy C. (Freeman) Dellascio, “Dottie”, age 61 of Wilmington, died Friday, September 19, 2008, peacefully at home surrounded by her family following a courageous battle with cancer.

Dottie was born on April 10, 1947, in Dorchester, MA, she was the daughter of the late Frederick J. & Dorothy L. (Coleman) Freeman. Dottie grew up in Dorchester, she attended parochial school and graduated from St. Gregory’s High School in 1965. She went on to attend Boston Business School, receiving her degree in 1967.

Dottie married Alan P. Dellascio on November 18, 1967, and they moved to Wilmington. Dottie became very involved in the community, she was a member of the Sons of Italy, various Parent Advisory Councils (PAC) at school, she ran School Faires, did lots of volunteer work with the Wildcat Boosters Club, and she could always be seen helping out at various sporting events in Wilmington, so much so that one year Dottie was the recipient of the Wilmington Wildcat “Fan” Award.

Then there was dancing, for many years Dottie could be found helping out with the practice sessions and recitals for Debi’s Dance Studio. She was always in the background doing whatever she could to help the teachers, students and parents of the dancers.

Dottie loved children, she spent over 16 years running a daycare, she helped to mold many daycare kids into the people that they are today and her daycare families will forever be grateful for her kindness, compassion, and love.

Halloween was another favorite of Dottie and her family, they spent many months building their “Haunted Houses”, first at their family home and then at Livingston Park in Tewksbury. Dottie and her family spent many hours and lots of hard work creating the haunted houses that they shared with thousands of people in the community and surrounding towns.

Dottie was most devoted to her family and friends, she was always someone that you could count on in good times and bad, she was there in a moments notice. She and her husband led by example raising five wonderful children who became caring and giving adults. Dottie was very proud of her family and they will miss her dearly.

Dottie was the beloved wife of Alan R. Dellascio, devoted mother of Debbie A. Dellascio of Reading, Alan F. Dellascio of Salem, Sharon M. Wyatt & her husband Eland of Wakefield, Lisa J. Bastolla & her husband Angelo of Billerica, and Diane M. Dellascio of Wilmington, loving grandmother “Ma” of Jackson & Brody Wyatt, dear sister of Frederick Freeman & his wife Joan of Weymouth, Donald Freeman & his wife Linda and George Freeman & his wife Lynn all of Dorchester, daughter-in-law of Mary & the late Alphonse Dellascio of South Boston, dear cousin of Arlene Powers & her husband Gerald of Canton, niece of Mary Murphy of Quincy, Dottie is also survived by many sisters & brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, great-nieces & nephews, cousins, friends and her extended day care families.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62) Wilmington on Tuesday, September 23rd at 8:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours Monday, September 22nd from 3-5 & 7-9 p.m.

Memorial donations in Dottie's name may be made to the Make A Wish Foundation, One Bullfinch Place, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02114.

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