Christian 08

Dorothy Ruth (Oliver) Lagrotteria

April 21, 1932 ~ May 4, 2021 (age 89)


Dorothy Ruth (Oliver) Lagrotteria, 89, went to her eternal glory on May 4, 2021 at 11:11 am at home surrounded by her loving family. The guiding force of her family, Dorothy lived her life exemplifying faith, love, dignity, and grace.

Dorothy and her late husband, James, were married for 54 years and proud parents of 11 children: Greg Lagrotteria and his wife Eileen, Jim Lagrotteria Jr., Tom Lagrotteria and his wife Christine, Mary Sease and her husband Hugh, John Lagrotteria and his wife Jennifer, Ann Marie Escobar and her husband Antonio, Christine McCarron, Joseph Lagrotteria, Jennifer Kane and her husband Jim, Barbara Lagrotteria and Carlo Lagrotteria. Gammy cherished her 16 grandchildren: Mary, Hugh, Peter, Christopher, Hunter, Merrick, Lizzie, Matt, Jillian, Quentin, Ianjames, Patrick, Hayes, Caroline, Michelle, and Danny. Dorothy was the youngest child in her family that included one sister and five brothers, whom she loved dearly.

An extremely devout woman who consecrated her five daughters to the blessed mother, Dorothy’s strong faith inspired a pilgrimage to Medjugorje where she made some cherished friends. She considered it a great honor to be a eucharistic minister at St. Anthony’s of Cohasset where she was a congregant for more than 40 years. Dorothy also enjoyed her 25+ years working together with her officemates at Glastonbury Abbey. A graduate of Notre Dame Academy (Roxbury), she served as captain of her basketball team, class pianist, as well as president of the Athletic Association. 

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Monday, May 10, 2021 from 3-7 pm in McNamara-Sparrell Funeral Home, 1 Summer St. (across from St. Anthony Church), Cohasset. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 11 am in St. Anthony Church, Cohasset. Interment Woodside Cemetery, Cohasset. Covid guidelines of masks, social distancing and capacities. Those wishing to attend are kindly requested to RSVP to services on In lieu of flowers, donations to honor Dorothy may be made to St. Jude’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Way, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the Glastonbury Abbey, 16 Hull St., Hingham, MA. 02043.

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May 10, 2021

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
McNamara-Sparrell Funeral Home
160 South Main Street, P.O. BOX 431 (actual 1 Summer St.)
Cohasset, MA 02025

Please note

Family and friends are invited to RSVP to this service. Covid guidelines of masks, social distancing, and capacities will apply based on the current State guidelines.

Mass of Christian Burial
May 11, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Anthony
10 Summer St.
Cohasset, Massachusetts 02025

Please note

Attendance is limited to a maximum of 165 people. Family and friends planning to attend are kindly requested to RSVP to reserve their place. Registration for contact tracing.

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