Dorothy T. “Dotty” Silvestro, 89, of Monument Beach, passed away in her home on January 12, 2021 following a brief illness. She was the beloved wife, of Joseph R. Silvestro, with whom she shared 64 wonderful years of marriage together.
Dotty was born on November 14, 1931 to the late Venanzio and Adelina (Nuzzo) Mastrogiacomo in Boston’s North End. She was the youngest of 8 children, raised in Boston as first-generation Americans. She attended Boston Public Schools, graduating from Roxbury Memorial High for Girls in 1948. When she was not in school, she was dancing with her friends, 7 days a week! It was while dancing with friends that Dotty met Joe, the love of her life and very best friend. The two married and raised their family in Hyde Park. Dotty worked for 17 years as a Cafeteria Manager for the Boston Public Schools until her retirement in 1995. They spent their summers camping on the Cape, and upon retirement, she and Joe moved to Monument Beach where they have enjoyed the last 26 years together.
Dotty was a woman of faith and was active in her home parishes of Most Precious Blood in Boston, and later Saint John the Evangelist in Pocasset. She was an avid bowler, being a member of multiple leagues, she went bowling 2 days a week for as long as her family can remember. She of course loved to dance, enjoyed cooking, and walking along the Cape Cod Canal with her husband. Dotty was also a social butterfly, always surrounding herself with good friends and taking time in every day to reach out to them. More than anything, Dotty loved her family, and caring for them and her home, which she kept immaculate, were her greatest passions. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
In addition to her beloved husband, Joseph, Dotty is survived by her children, Joseph Silvestro, and his wife, Jill, of Whitman, MA, Mary Anastas, and her husband, Nicholas, of Pocasset, MA, and Richard Silvestro, and his wife, Robin, of Bourne, MA; her three grandchildren, Nicole Silvestro, of Whitman, MA, Joseph Silvestro, and his wife, Vicky, of Cohasset, MA, and Lisa McGovern, and her husband, Ryan, of Holbrook, MA; her two great grandchildren, Audrey and Alexander McGovern, as well as many nieces, nephews, and dear friends. She was predeceased by her parents as well as all 7 of her siblings, Anthony Mastrogiacomo, Michael Mastrogiacomo, James Mastrogiacomo, John Mastrogiacomo, Mary Tabor, Carmella Nuzzo, and Concetta Liardo.
A visitation will take place on Saturday, January 16, 2021 from 8:30 – 10:00 AM at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 74 Algonquin Ave. (RTE 151), in Mashpee. A Funeral Mass will follow at Saint John the Evangelist Parish, 841 Shore Road, in Pocasset, at 11:00 AM. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic restrictions, occupancy at both the funeral home and the church will be limited, and masks will be required. The Silvestro family appreciates your patience and cooperation in accordance with the CDC guidelines.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.