In Our Care

Dorothy M. (Mason) Burt of Arlington, passed away on August 22. Beloved wife of the late Lawrence W. Burt. Daughter of the late Walter and Elizabeth (Johnson) Mason. Dorothy is survived by her children Jonathan Burt and his wife Lauren of Arlington, Wendy Hart and her husband Jim of Florence, and David Burt and his wife Debbie of Kingston, NY. Also survived by 11 loving grandchildren, Michael and his wife Allison, Julia, Danielle, Kristen, Lori, Rachel, Priscilla, Bethany, Jacob, Joshua, and Samuel. Sister of Arthur Mason of St. Paul, MN and the late Pauline Piper of Troy, ME.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit at the DeVito Funeral Home 1145 Mass Ave., Arlington on Wednesday August 31, from 3pm to 6:30pm. A funeral home service will start at 6:30pm to close out the evenings visitation. Burial will be held privately at a later date in Maine, where Dorothy will be buried with her husband Lawrence.

Dorothy will surely be missed as she had a positive influence on anyone who met her. She was kind-hearted, sweet, and gentle with everyone she interacted with. You could count on seeing her walking her dog in Menotomy Rocks Park every morning socializing with the other walkers and their dogs.

Dorothy was involved in many Arlington community services. Among the many public service responsibilities she was also involved in many spiritual and cultural organizations.

Dorothy was a Pre-school Teacher at Kinder Care Learning Center, a Sunday school teacher at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Arlington, and a serious supporter and volunteer at the Cyrus E. Dallin Museum and the Jason Russell House. Dorothy was one of the first members of the Friends of Menotomy Rocks Park non-profit organization. She was also a member of the Park Avenue Congregational Church and the Pleasant Street Congregational Church.

Dorothy’s talents also included a flair for the Arts as she illustrated two Arlington based books written by Eva Balazs covering the history and notable facts about Spy Pond in Arlington. She enjoyed Arlington Friends of the Drama. Dorothy was a skillful oil painter, water color painting and Pencil art illustrator. She also did many wood carvings; one that provided a permanent documentation of her husband’s Presidency on the Board of the National Shorthand Court Reporters Association.

Flowers are welcome as Dorothy had an immense love for them. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to either The Dallin Art Museum at or VNA Hospice Care at