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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 to view an online guestbook.