Dorothy A. Peluso (LaTora) 85, beloved wife of the late C. Michael Peluso and long time resident of Dedham and Sandwich, died peacefully after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease at Cape Regency Nursing Home in Centerville on September 29, 2015. Dorothy (Dotty), the youngest of seven, was born to Charles and Anna La Tora in Boston’s south End on December 18, 1929.
After graduation from Hyde Park High School in 1947, she was employed by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and worked many years as a bank teller in Needham. She met her husband Mike shortly after he was discharged from the U. S. Navy in 1946 and they were married 56 years until his death in 2006. They raised their two daughters in Dedham and lived there for 24 years before moving to Sandwich in 1976. As a devout Catholic and daily communicant, Dotty not only “talked the talk but walked the walk” in serving God by serving others. As a Third Order Franciscan, she served as an instructor to novices. At her parish she was active in many areas of church life; the young mothers’ Bible study, weekly prayer meetings, Eucharistic ministry and Divine Mercy devotion. She could often be found saying her rosary in the Perpetual Adoration chapel. In addition, she was a nursing home activities volunteer for over 35 years at several nursing homes, including Cape Heritage. Encouraging vocations to the priesthood was something that she very much enjoyed through the “Adopt-a-Seminarian” program. Her family will miss her great Italian cooking, conversations around the dining room table and fabulous family celebrations. Most of all, we are all blessed by our Catholic faith that she has passed on to us. “Well done, good and faithful servant”
The family wishes to thank all the nurses, aides, social workers and all nursing home and hospice staff who helped us help our mother on her journey. May God bless you all for your kindness and care.
Dorothy is survived by 2 daughters Dorothy Courtemanche and husband Robert of Mashpee, Janet Peluso of East Sandwich, her sister Rose Di Bona of Braintree, 3 grandchildren Sara Wiseman and husband Jason, Emily Garvey and husband Brian, Dylan Page, 2 great grandchildren Noah Wiseman and Gianna Garvey, her dear childhood friend Millie Costa formerly of Dedham and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her brothers, Sam, Guy, John, Edward La Tora, and her sister Joan Pasquale.
A visitation will be held at the Chapman Cole and Gleason Funeral Home 74 Algonquin Ave. (Rte 151) Mashpee on Monday October 5, 2015 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. A funeral mass will be celebrated at Corpus Christi Parish 324 Quaker Meetinghouse Rd. Sandwich on Tuesday October 6, 2015 at 10:00am. Burial will follow at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne at 11:30am. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Dorothy to the Corpus Christi Parish Building Fund, 324 Quaker Meeting House Rd. East Sandwich, MA 02537 or to Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, 600 Pleasant St. New Bedford, MA 02740.