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“To all the Taranto children, I am so sorry I was not able to make the services for your mom and offer my condolences. She is one of the neighborhood...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Jonna (Millerick) Logan - Belmont, MA

“Dorothy R.I.P. To Dorothy's family our deepest condolences may all your beautiful memories get you through these difficult times.Hugs and prayers ”
2 of 14 | Posted by: Annette clark - Watertown, MA

“Our deepest condolences to Cheryl and the rest of the family. ”
3 of 14 | Posted by: Steve and Joan Pushee - NH

“So sorry to hear of Dottie's passing. Enjoyed many times together and only wish we had more. She was a wonderful woman. My prayers are with all of...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Joan Kelly - Watertown, MA

“Tom and Lisa and Family,On behalf of your friends from Somerville High School's Class of 1981, we want to say that we are so sorry for your loss...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Anthony Accardi - Wilmington, MA

“Tom, Kathy, Cheryl, Mark, Michelle and family,I have wonderful memories of your Mom (and Dad). Your Mom was a mom to the entire neighborhood. Her...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Peter Bourque - Waltham, MA

“I just want to tell all of you children how sorry I am about your Mom. She and I went to High school togeather. She sat right in front of me senior...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Janice Lawler-Brown - Waltham, MA

“Tom, Mark, Cathy,Cheryl and Missy. Much sorrow to hear of your Mom's loss. Chris and Jan Bourque ”
8 of 14 | Posted by: Christopher Bourque - Yardley, PA

“I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Dot at Emerson in the office. She was a kind, wonderful woman. May she rest in peace my prayers are with...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Marilyn Fowler-Corbett - MA

“There are no words to express the sadness we feel. We will miss her presence so very much. She was more than just a family friend and she will...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: McAdam Family - Watertown, MA

“Tom and Lisa, it was only on special family occasions that I got to speak to your Mom. I always enjoyed talking to her because she was so easy to...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Walter & Kathy Robatzek - MA

“Brenda and my heart and prayers are with you!! ”
12 of 14 | Posted by: Bernie Gitlin - Friend

“Such wonderful memories of growing up with your Mom. Her house was always open to all of the neighborhood kids. She made me laugh on so many...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Lynne Bourque Deschenes - Waltham, MA

“Such a wonderful person. So sorry to hear this. My deep condolences to all. God bless. ”
14 of 14 | Posted by: Fred Andy - Suffolk, VA

Of the many gifts that life had to offer Dorothy Taranto she would humbly boast that being a wife, a mother and a mémère was by the far the best. And the Book of Proverbs says, 'Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her!' Dorothy died unexpectedly but peacefully with her five children by her side on Thursday, November 1, 2018. She was 75. In heaven she is reunited with her husband, Tucker who died April 6, 2004.

Dorothy Ann LaForte was born December 24, 1942 in Waltham a daughter of the late Roy and Ann (Annunciata) LaForte. Raised and educated in Waltham she graduated from Waltham High School. She married Thomas R. 'Tucker' Taranto on February 12, 1961. A lifelong Waltham resident she moved to Lexington in 2010.

Her late husband, Tucker was an active coach in Waltham athletics and it was often noted that wherever Tucker was…Dorothy wasn't far away. After raising her children she worked as a receptionist in the radiology department at Waltham Hospital for many years and later worked as an administrative assistant at Communities United in Watertown.

Her life revolved around her family and their activities. She was the constant supporter and cheerleader at as many games possible for each of her grandkids. She loved family gatherings at holidays, a shopping excursion and the love she received from the residents and staff at Meadow Green Nursing Home where she was an active volunteer for over ten years. Christmas Eve was a special holiday rich in the traditions of family, friends, great food...and obviously a birthday cake.

In addition to her husband, Tucker she is predeceased by her sister, Beverly A. Waite.

She leaves her children, Thomas R. Taranto Jr. (Lisa) of Lexington, Kathleen M. Stewart (Donald) of Ashburnham, Cheryl A. Pelletier (Wayne) of Watertown, Mark R. Taranto (Marcia) of Londonderry, NH and Michelle F. Poulin (Richard) of Watertown; her grandchildren Ryan and Alex Taranto, Allison, Justin and Kaitlin Pelletier, Tyler and Sydney Poulin, Cameron and Kylie Taranto; her brothers-in-law, Angelo Taranto (Mary) of Chelmsford and John Waite of Waltham; nieces & nephews.

Family and friends will honor and remember Dorothy's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Monday, November 5th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning before leaving in procession to Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church, 880 Trapelo Road, Waltham where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Mount Feake Cemetery.

Memorial donations PKD Foundation (Polycystic Kidney Disease) 1001 E. 101st Terrace, Suite 220, Kansas City, MO 64131.

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