With profound sadness we announce the passing of our beloved Mom, Nana Banana, Great Nana and girlfriend on August 4, 2020, peacefully at home surrounded by her family. Loving mother of Dianne DiGirolamo and her husband Leo of Lynnfield and Donna Joy and her partner Bob King of Medford. Devoted grandmother of Michelle Quattrocchi and her fur babies Lola & Stella, Amanda Whiteside, Michael Atherton and his wife Crystal, Alysson Delaney and her husband Matt, and Nicholas Joy. Also survived by two beautiful great granddaughters: Zoey and Audrey Delaney.
We will never forget her tenacity, quick wit, charm, grace and ability to be “Switzerland” at all times. She never took sides and always spoke her mind, and was a straight shooter. Dottie, Mom, Nana Banana always spoke fondly of her childhood in Wilmington, being raised by her paternal grandparents Bert & Margaret. As a child she loved swimming and ice skating on Silver Lake. She was so proud, running to school everyday, for 3 miles, over the rail road tracks. She had to run because she was one house short of the school bus cutoff, and she beat the bus every time. She enjoyed picking wild blueberries, so her grandmother could make blueberry pies; bath time in the galvanized tub; Saturday night hot dogs and homemade baked beans. Dottie had simple pleasures in life; give her a hotdog, chocolate candy, chocolate chip cookies, decaf coffee or a hot chocolate and she was a happy girl!
Always strong willed and independent she raised Dianne & Donna as a single mom in the 70’s. Nana Banana was an exceptionally caring and loving grandmother to all of her five grandchildren. She would watch us, teach us valuable life lessons and tell us countless stories of her childhood and young adult years even though she would repeat these wonderful stories over and over again. Nana was the rock and glue of our family and she will be cherished & missed immensely.
We will continue to use her famous response in the years to come, “How are you feeling Nana” to which she would respond without skipping a beat…”with my hands” lol. Growing up in her adult years she was an avid dancer and frequented Big Band clubs in Boston and Revere. Dottie also loved spending time with her friends, which she considered family.
Her most memorable jobs were Schrafft's Candy as an assembly line worker and a long and fulfilling career at 3M as a floor supervisor in the Stethoscope division.
A heartfelt thank you to Kaplan Hospice House and Care Dimensions, her compassionate and kind nurse Erin Barker and Liz, Mom/Nana’s caretaker. You all made our lives easier by caring so much. Rest in Peace our forever angel.
Funeral from Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, 331 Main Street, Everett on Saturday, August 8. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 9:00 to 11:00 am. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Interment will be private.
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