Dorothy (Wentzell) Costanzo

April 5, 2008

Dorothy (Wentzell) Costanzo

DOROTHY (WENTZELL) COSTANZO – in Woburn, Saturday, April 5th, beloved wife of Augustine A. Costanzo. Devoted mother of Dale M. Bevins and her husband Stephen and Frances M. Connolly, all of Woburn. Cherished grandmother of Douglas A. and John P. Connolly and Gary H. Bevins, all of Woburn. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, April 9th at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, at 10. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Dorothy’s memory to the American Diabetes Assn., 330 Congress Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02110.

OBITUARY:

Dorothy T. (Wentzell) Costanzo, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away unexpectedly, Saturday, April 5th at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington after being stricken at home. The beloved wife of Augustine “Augie” Costanzo, she was eighty-one years of age.

The daughter of the late Fred and Pauline (Donovan) Wentzell, Dot, as she was affectionately known, was raised and educated in Somerville and was a graduate of Somerville High School. She met her husband as a young girl during their school years, but WWII intervened and they did not reconnect until after the war. They were married shortly thereafter and were dedicated to one another for next sixty years, which they would have celebrated April 11th.

In the mid 1950’s, Dot and her husband made their home on the West Side of Woburn where they raised their two daughters. A skilled seamstress, Dot made all of her daughters’ clothing including their jackets and coats. She also loved to cook, especially for “Sunday dinners” which was a time when all would gather at the dining room table and catch up on the happenings in each other’s lives. Her famous Pizzelle were shared with family, friends, the family doctors and coworkers at the holidays and other celebratory occasions throughout the year.

As a family, they vacationed every summer at Hampton Beach, which Dot organized every year with loving precision. This continued from the time her children were small to the time when the grandchildren were all grown. After her daughters were grown she worked for a brief time as an Administrative Assistant at New England Rehabilitation.

In her leisure, Dot was an avid Red Sox fan, enjoyed traveling with her husband and spending time with their grandsons. It was always her pleasure to cook her grandsons their favorite meals, and would insist on cooking, planning and celebrating their birthday and graduation parties, held at her home. Dot was the consummate wife and mother, devoting her time and talents to caring for her family, which was always her first priority. She also embraced her many friends and neighbors, considering them her extended family.

Dot’s humble roots instilled in her a great appreciation for life which she passed along to her children and grandchildren. She was truly an exemplary role model both as a mother and a woman. Dot was Augie’s “copilot” as they traveled life’s road, always providing and making sure that he received her loving comfort and care.

Dot is lovingly survived by her husband, Augustine A. Costanzo, her daughters, Dale M. Bevins and her husband Stephen, and Frances M. Connolly, her grandchildren, Douglas A. and John P. Connolly and Gary H. Bevins, all of Woburn.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, April 9th at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, at 10. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m.

Donations may be made in Dorothy’s memory to the American Diabetes Assn., 330 Congress Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02110.

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  1. Dale: We am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. You are truly the best daughter anyone could hope for and after reading about your Mom…we understand why you are so caring.

    Love,
    Jo & Randy

  2. Dear Dale and family,

    I am so sorry to hear of your Mother’s Passing. Dale, I now know where all your enthusiasm comes from!! Your Mother sounds like a very kind, generous and loving person, it is so easy to understand your constant care and concern for her and your Dad. Will keep you and your family in my heart and prayers. Your friend, Lucia

  3. Dear Tony, Dale, and Fran,
    Whenever I think back to my childhood experiences, Dot and Tony are always vivid in my memories. Dot was a daily influence to me, as we all grew up in our neighborhood. She was a loving Mom…and a loving human being…and we all benefitted from her touch on our lives. I am particularly grateful for all the support and thoughtfulness that she extended to my mother, Mary, after our father passed. It was a comfort to know that Dot would keep a watchful eye…while Tony extended a helping hand. We could never repay such kindness over those many years.
    Although the years have separated us geographically, I am especially thankful that I had an opportunity to visit with Dot on several occasions over the past few years. And it is now all the more meaningful, that I was able to give Dot a big hug and a kiss during my recent visit to Maura Drive last May. During this last visit, it seemed as if I’d never moved away from Maura Drive…and that was how Dot treated us all.
    Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss, and I too share a heavy heart during this time.

    Jeff Conley
    Annapolis, Md.

  4. Dale,Gary and family I am so very sorry for your loss. Your co workers at Lahey send their love. Sincerely Gerry

  5. Dear Dale and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I know that words are inadequate at times but please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Fran,
    I am so sorry you need to go through this. You have worked so hard at caring for your parents. Know you are in my prayers.

  7. Dear Tony, Dale, Franny and children,

    We are so sorry to hear of Dot’s passing. Dot was such a friendly and caring neighbor to us for many years, and in particular to my mom since my father’s death many years ago. I enjoyed seeing and talking to her in recent years and appreciate the many acts of kindness she showed my mom. We shared a good laugh recently when I told her how much I loved that chocolate chip cake she always made! Please accept our sympathies and prayers at this difficult time. Love, Patty and Tony Cristoforo

  8. Dear Tony, Dale, Franny and children,

    We are so sorry to hear of Dot’s passing. Dot was such a friendly and caring neighbor to us for many years, and in particular to my mom since my father’s death many years ago. I enjoyed seeing and talking to her in recent years and appreciate the many acts of kindness she showed my mom. We shared a good laugh recently when I told her how much I loved that chocolate chip cake she always made!

  9. I was so sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. My thoughts, prayers, and love are with you during this sad and difficult time.
    Ruth

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