Obituary of Dorothy A. (Foley) Dooley

DOROTHY A. (FOLEY) DOOLEY - in Woburn, formerly of Lexington, Dec. 16, 2017, at the age of eighty-three. Beloved wife of James S. Dooley. Devoted mother of James S. Dooley Jr.,his wife Christine of Tewksbury, Kevin F. Dooley, his wife Judy of North Andover, Stephen M. Dooley, his wife Carolyn of Lexington and J. Thomas Dooley MD, his wife Mary Pat of Winchester. Cherished "Grammy" of twenty one and great-grammy of one. Dear sister of Ruthie Duran, her late husband John F. of Woburn, Ret. Army Lt. Col. Paul. P. Foley, his late wife Betty, of VT, and the late Rev. John T. Foley. Also survived by her dear nieces and nephews. A Funeral Mass will be held in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, Thursday, December 21st at 12:45 p.m. Interment in St. Mary's Cemetery, Tewksbury. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Thursday 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., prior to the Mass. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home.

OBITUARY:

Dorothy A. (Foley) Dooley passed away Dec., 12th , 2017 with her beloved family at her side. The lovingly devoted wife of James S. Dooley, she was eighty three years of age.

Born in Woburn, she was one of four children born to the late John J. and Dorothy (Weafer) Foley. Raised in the South End of the city, Dorothy was educated at St. Charles and was a graduate with the Class of 1951. At age fourteen Dorothy’s mother passed away and she stepped right into the role of caretaker of her younger siblings, not missing a beat.

Following high school she secured herself a position with New England Tel &Tel, where she remained until she married.

Being an attendant in her girl friends wedding, Dorothy met a truly wonderful gentleman, the best man, Jim Dooley! Well a romance began that day and in 1959 they began their journey as husband and wife.

They nestled right over in Lexington shortly after their wedding and there they brought four sons into the world. A very dedicated and loving mother she was totally involved with her children as they all travelled through high school in both academia and sports, and then on to college! All of their adventures, successes and achievements made her so very proud.

As the children grew, married and brought grandchildren into the world , “Grammie” couldn’t be prouder!! She loved any and all times spent with her grandchildren, following all of their activities. Grammie’s favorite activity was babysitting any and all! She always felt it was her “special time.” Often times while babysitting, off they would go and visit her dear brother Fr. John Foley or sister Ruthie, with whom she remained very close to over the years. Even with her Aunts and Uncles, she was always there to assist them in their later years.

Jim and Dorothy were a team! They were together in all that they did. They loved their home and were always keeping it just perfect. Dorothy was a woman of great faith. An active participant in St. Bridgid’s Church in Lexington. she was devoted to Our Lady. Dorothy was the person to whom family and friends would ask for prayers, as throughout her life, she shared a very special devotion to.

Sadly, Dorothy was predeceased by her parents, dear brother Fr. John Foley, brother in law John F. Duran, sister in law Betty Foley and nephew Michael Duran.

Dorothy is lovingly survived by her husband Jim and four sons and their wives James S. Dooley Jr.,his wife Christine of Tewksbury, Kevin F. Dooley, his wife Judy of North Andover, Stephen M. Dooley, his wife Carolyn of Lexington and J. Thomas Dooley MD, his wife Mary Pat of Winchester. Cherished "Grammy" of twenty one and great-grammy of one. Dear sister of Ruthie Duran, of Woburn, Ret. Army Lt. Col. Paul. P. Foley, of VT. Also survived by her dear nieces and nephews. A Funeral Mass will be held in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, Thursday, December 21st at 12:45 p.m. Interment in St. Mary's Cemetery, Tewksbury. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Thursday 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., prior to the Mass. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home.