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Marie G. Dooley

May 25, 1928 - December 15, 2021

Marie G. Dooley

May 25, 1928 - December 15, 2021

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Obituary For Marie G. Dooley

Marie “Mimi” (Sabatino) Dooley passed away peacefully on December 15, 2021 at the Winchester Rehabilitation Center in Winchester, MA.

Marie was born in Watertown, MA on May 25, 1928 to Ernest and Mary (Neshe) Sabatino. She lived in Arlington, MA for more than 50 years and raised her six children there. Marie was predeceased by her parents, her sister Carmella “Milly” Fico and her husband Gerald, her brother Ernest Sabatino and his wife Helen, and her nephew Jay Fico. She is survived by her sister Geraldine Berry and her family.

Marie is lovingly remembered by her daughter Maureen and her husband Jack Tracey, her daughter Lynne and her husband Albert D’Arco, her son Brian and his wife Susan Dooley, her daughter Dale and her husband Paul Simoneau, her son Timothy and his wife Susan Dooley, and her daughter Mary Kate and her partner Sandy DeSousa.

Marie’s legacy lives on in the hearts of her 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren (plus two more on the way.) She is also dearly remembered by many nieces and nephews.

Marie—known to everyone in her later years as Mimi—was a High Honors Society graduate from Watertown High School. She was a music lover and performer, who began singing in public at age 10. Marie shared her beautiful singing voice with many people across the years including doing live radio broadcasts and entertaining WW2 servicemen as a performer in the USO. Marie was also part of many Vaudeville-style stage performances and would steal the show with her amazing talents and comedic timing. She also loved to sing around the house (with the windows wide open) and inspired many of her children and grandchildren to embrace the arts and become performers in their own right.

Marie was an avid holiday decorator and would impress the neighborhood with her creative artistic designs. Her “Grandmother Christmas Tree” was a delightful sight to behold. Decorated in all homemade edible treats, it was an amazing gift of the heart that reflected the love she had for her family.

Marie could make anything grow. She loved working in her yard and planting flowers in her garden. Her green thumb was legendary. For most days over the decades, Mimi could be found on her front porch listening to her radio, doing the crossword puzzle and waving to or chatting with those who passed by. She was a well-loved neighbor and friend. Her door was always open and all were welcome in her home.

Mimi will be deeply missed by her children, her extended family and all those who had the pleasure of knowing her. “We’ll Meet Again”

Services will be privately held. In lieu of flowers, you may remember our mom by donating to a reputable Alzheimer’s and Dementia Foundation, or by planting something in your yard, or by singing at the top of your voice. Please visit devitofuneralhome.com to view an online guestbook.

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  • 12/21/2021

    To the Dooley family, I can't say enough about your mother, I loved her! I will never forget the Halloween decorations SHE made for your house. I can hear her now... DOTS! Patrick "Dots" Doherty

  • 12/20/2021

    I have known Mrs. Dooley (Marie) since I played Little League. I will always remember how she cheered from the stands with such enthusiasm and energy. She was always there and I soon began to know her more and more, while Brian and I played on many teams together. Words can not describe what a special person she was. I have nothing but fond memories and a smile on my face when I hear her name mentioned, and I always will. Rest In Peace, Marie.

  • 12/20/2021

    I am so sorry for your loss. I'm a little behind and just found out this morning. Thoughts are with you and your family in this difficult time. Big Asian hugs! Harold-PT VNCC

  • 12/19/2021

    I went to Stratton with Maureen and Lynne and became friends. At the time, a new Girl Scout troop was forming and Mrs. Dooley was going to be the leader. I signed up and looked forward to putting on that Girl Scout uniform weekly for the meetings at Mrs. Dooley's house. Mrs. Dooley was very welcoming at the beginning and made me feel as if she were a second mother to me. I learned so much in life from that troop. Even to this day, I can still remember the tricks Mrs. Dooley taught me on how to properly set a table. I was so proud to march in the Girl Scout parades too, Mrs. Dooley always had a smile on her face and her singing voice was so beautiful. I will always remember those days, and Mrs. Dooley will always have a special place in my heart. Rest In Peace sweet Mrs. Dooley. You will be missed by all.

  • 12/19/2021

    Rest In peace sweet auntie Marie. Fond memories of staying with you over summer break, picking blueberries and helping make pies. Always entertaining us with your singing and dancing on the front porch. To my cousins, so very sorry for the loss of your beloved Mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time. Love Joanne. Hugs

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  • 12/18/2021

    Tim, Maureen & family, Sending thoughts and prayers to you & your family. May your Mom rest peacefully & the memory of her always put a smile on your face. Love, Lenore Martin

  • 12/18/2021

    I went to school with Maureen and have known her for fifty years. Lovely lady and good friend. That brings me to her mom. She was so generous and kind to all Maureen's friends. She would welcome us all into her home. Most of all she was a funny lady and would make us laugh all the time. You don't forget someone like that. My sympathies to the family.

  • 12/17/2021

    My Aunty Marie- Always smiling, always kind and always full of life. Thank you for giving me amazing cousins and lots of great memories when I was young. Your love, generosity and kindness will live on in your children and grandchildren. I even have all of the funny Halloween pictures if anyone wants to see them. 🙂 Love, peace and strength to all of my cousins and Marie's family. ❤️ Erin

  • 12/17/2021

    288 Washington st was my 2nd home. In that home there was always laughter & fun. Mrs Dooley always treated me so kind. Thank you for some of my favorite memories. KeithY Dennehy

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  • 12/17/2021

    I give my most heartfelt sympathies to Tim and his family in this time of grief. Daniel W.

  • 12/17/2021

    Marie was our neighbor for the 42 years that we lived on Carl Road. A wonderful neighbor. Always so pleasant and funny. We offer our condolences to her family. Sue & Steve Regal

  • 12/16/2021

    May special memories get you through this difficult time. She was a great neighbor. I loved our many chats while sitting on her front porch. When I worked midnights, she would shine her flashlight out her bedroom window when I left for work. She told me that was her way of telling me to be safe. Rest In Peace Mrs. Dooley. My condolences to her family. Deb Thompson

  • 12/16/2021

    RIP Mrs D , You were an inspiration growing up. You always had a smile on your face despite all us Stratton boys & girls ! You left an impression on everyone you met ! Love Always! Andy .

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