Dorothy J. “Dotty” (Kelley) Gasbarro

May 15, 2019

Dorothy J. “Dotty” (Kelley) Gasbarro

Dorothy J. “Dotty” (Kelley) Gasbarro – of Woburn, May 15th at the Wingate in Reading. Beloved wife of the late Arthur Gasbarro, Sr. Loving mother of James A. Gasbarro of Lynn, Katherine A. Barat, her husband Robert of Franklin Park, NJ and the late Arthur Gasbarro, Jr. and Paula Deveau. Devoted grandmother of Arthur Gasbarro, III, Michelle Barbaro, Ashley Deveau, Stacy Corcoran, Alexander Barat and Kendra Barat. Dear sister of the late James “Buddy” Kelley Jr., Margaret “Sissy” Kelley and Mariam “Bunny” Noonan. Cherished great-grandmother of three, as well as survived by several nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, WOBURN, on Monday, May 20th at 11 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Rd., Woburn at Noon. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling Hours, Sunday afternoon, 3-7 p.m., in the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, and in honor of Dorothy, remembrances may be made in her honor to Crohns & Colitis Foundation, NE Chapter, 250 Hillside Ave., Needham, MA 02494.

Dorothy J. “Dotty” (Kelley) Gasbarro – of Woburn, died peacefully, Wednesday, May 15th at the Wingate Nursing Center in Reading. The beloved wife of the late Arthur Gasbarro Sr., she was ninety-five years of age.

Born and raised in Charlestown, Dorothy was a daughter of the late James and Catherine (O’Hara) Kelley. Dorothy and her future husband, Arthur met at a dance at the Wonderland in Revere.  After a courtship of a year they married.  Dotty and her beloved, Arthur, first moved to Medford for a few years and in 1957, they settled into the West side of Woburn, where they dedicated themselves to raising their four children.

Dorothy enjoyed her neighborhood! During the summer and winter months the Gasbarro’s would share their yard with the neighborhood,.  Summertime was neighborhood baseball games; Dottie was the “designated pitcher” throughout the years!  In the winter months, they would set up an ice-rink in the yard where their neighbors, friends, and family would come to skate for enjoyment and maybe play a little hockey. Their home was always open to everyone!

Dorothy dedicated her life to her family. A very caring, selfless, and devoted mother, there wasn’t anything in the world she would not do for her children and grandchildren, alike. A very strong and devout Catholic woman, of great faith, always involved in the church, throughout the years.

Dorothy very much enjoyed being around family and friends. Over the years when the opportunity arose to play Bingo, she took it! Dorothy enjoyed cooking and baking much to the delight of her family!  Chocolate chip cookies were always availeable on a daily basis for all those who stopped by.  Whoppie pies, and many other delicious “sweets and treats” were favorites amongst the family.

“Nana” to her grandchildren, had a very special relationship with each.  She cherished all the social activities,  academic proudness for each of their accomplishments and holidays, which were just so very special to all.

A very kind, generous woman, Dotty loved to laugh.  If she was aware that you enjoyed something special, she would see to it, that some how, some way, you received that something special.  Dotty’s life was truly special.

Sadly, Dotty was predeceased by her dear Arthur, her son Arthur Jr., and her daughter Paula Deveau and her siblingsJames “Buddy” Kelley Jr, Margaret “Sissy” Kelley and Mariam “Bunny” Noonan.

Dotty is lovingly survived by her children James A. Gasbarro of Lynn, and Katherine A. Barat, her husband Robert of Franklin Park, NJ. Devoted “Nana” of Arthur Gasbarro III, Michelle Barbaro, Ashley Deveau, Stacy Corcoran, Alexander Barat and Kendra Barat.   Cherished great grandmother of three, as well as survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, WOBURN, on Monday, May 20th at 11 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Rd., Woburn at Noon. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling Hours, Sunday afternoon, 3-7 p.m., in the Funeral Home. Please, in lieu of flowers, and in honor of Dorothy, remembrances may be made to Crohns & Colitis Foundation, N E Chapter, 250 Hillside Ave., Needham, MA 02494.

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  1. Paula Bearden

    Dear Jimmy and Katherine, I was privileged to have cared for your mom Dottie. I enjoyed her so much and fell in love with her. I will always hear her voice in my stethoscope, Jimmy you know what I mean, always! My sincere condolences, she will be truly missed and much loved.
    Love, Paula B. (Nurse at Wingate)

  2. ALAN R DEVEAU

    Jimmy and kathy , so sorry to here about dot she was a great woman and she will be missed.
    Love Alan deveau

  3. Kathy and Jimmy, just got word about Dotty. So very sorry for your loss. Dotty and I go back a long, long time. She had a lenghty and wonderful life and great children who she adored. She was the last of the original “Kelley’s to leave us. She is now with Art, Arthur, Paula and the rest of the Kelley’s…may they all be at peace…..Ronnie and family

  4. Dolores Salerno

    Dear Kathy and family ~ Our deepest sympathies on the passing of your Mom. Aunt Dot always made me laugh and I so enjoyed talking to her. “The Irish Clan” of the family, we had to stick together she said. She made you feel like a dear friend by sharing a laugh or story and I always enjoyed the times we saw each other at family gatherings. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Dolores & Charlie Salerno

  5. Richard Travaglione

    Kathy and Jimmy and families. So sorry for the loss your mom Auntie Dot. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. May she Rest In Peace. Love Richard and Linda and family.

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