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“Violet and Family,I am so sorry to learn of your Mom's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.Fondly,Clare ”
1 of 24 | Posted by: Clare Connolly Welch - Waltham, MA

“My sincere condolences to the Finamore family. I was a friend of Annette's in our teenage years. What a beautiful photo tribute to your mother, a...Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: Doreen LeBlanc - Waltham, MA

“I will miss Aunty Dolly, A strong, kind, loving woman and that beautiful (dolly) smile. I'll remember all those wonderful times at your home and at...Read More »
3 of 24 | Posted by: Louis Ambrosino - Buford, GA

“Lenny,A beautiful video presentation dedicated to a lovely lady. Danell ”
4 of 24 | Posted by: Danell Tomasella - MA - Classmate

“Mrs Finamore, your smile lit the room up every where you went... your home was always welcoming with the smell of gravy on the stove, and your family...Read More »
5 of 24 | Posted by: Judi Cook - Londonderry, NH

“Lenny - My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.Dick NaramoreYour fellow official from the CLOA ”
6 of 24 | Posted by: Dick Naramore - Cheshire, CT

“Dolly's family,Your mother was a joy to know. I knew her thew Annette. She would come every year at tax time with her banana bread for the office...Read More »
7 of 24 | Posted by: Anne marie Lucas - Waltham

“I have many fond memories of Dolly. Couldn't of asked for a nicer, kinder next door neighbor. Dolly always had a smile for you and left you feeling...Read More »
8 of 24 | Posted by: Leslie (Crane) Becker - Norwood, MA

“Her and her daughter are great friends of mine and always will be. She was caring and helpful. R.I.P. Dolly. ”
9 of 24 | Posted by: Susie Olaughlin - Waltham, MA

“She was a caring and loving woman. God will take her right to the bright side of the afterlife. She always helped people in hard times.R.I.P...Read More »
10 of 24 | Posted by: Jordan Olaughlin - Waltham, MA

“Auntie Dolly,So many memories come to mind when thinking of you but most of all your strength! I would often share your life story with friends and...Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: Genevieve Fiorente - Danvers, MA

“I used to go over Dolly's house for her delicious pasta meals. I was good friends with Annette. Dolly was a loving, fun person to be with. I went to...Read More »
12 of 24 | Posted by: Adele Turnbull - Shirley, MA

“So sorry for the loss of such a string and amazing women she made it look easy. She always looks beautiful. ”
13 of 24 | Posted by: Patty Bertrand - Billerica, MA

“If you grew up in Lakeview everyone new Dolly a terrific lady would always make you laugh great bunch of times growing up with the old Lakeview gang...Read More »
14 of 24 | Posted by: John Kelly - Waltham, MA - Friend

“My condolences to you and your family ”
15 of 24 | Posted by: Erle Garrett - DORCHESTER CENTER, MA

“I am so very, very sorry to hear of Dolly's passing. She was always so full of life and joy and that smile, even if I was having a bad day running...Read More »
16 of 24 | Posted by: Lisa Deneault - Neighbor

“Beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman. Heartfelt condolences and much love to all of the families. ”
17 of 24 | Posted by: Gail Wessell - Maynard, MA

“My condolences to the Finamore family especially Violet and Vinnie. I knew your mom as both parent and co-worker and remember her warm smile. The...Read More »
18 of 24 | Posted by: Regina Pacitti - Waltham, MA

“Lenny, I didn't know your Mom but after reading her obituary I must say she was a special person (losing her husband at 33 )and Mom you were...Read More »
19 of 24 | Posted by: Jim Piatelli - Norwood, MA

“Dolly is the most sweetest, loveliest person I have ever met. Greatest personality & could always make me laugh. Loved to cook pasta dishes. ...Read More »
20 of 24 | Posted by: Cheryl Frost - Waltham, MA

“When I think of Dolly, it is always with a smile.Our thoughts and prayers are with Dolly's family.Paul & Virginia Donovan ”
21 of 24 | Posted by: A friend

“My prayers to the whole Finamore family. Dolly was such a sweet happy lady. I will certainly miss her smiling face in Church. God Bless.Mary ”
22 of 24 | Posted by: Mary Callahan - Waltham, MA

“Dolly(Myrtle:)-a wonderful women who lived life to it's fullest. She loved her family so deeply and enjoyed being with them right up until her...Read More »
23 of 24 | Posted by: mark and eileen leblanc - MA

“I'm so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She always had a smile to share and a wonderful person in our neighborhood. I'll remember you in...Read More »
24 of 24 | Posted by: Laura McCann - Waltham, MA


Violet Finamore did not know that life would deal her such challenges at such an early age. But she also learned that in adversity lied the wonderful gifts and opportunities for love, laughter and happiness. Widowed at the young age of 33 she raised five children on her own and masterfully succeeded in the dual role of mother and father. She never let widowhood define her and learned to adapt and overcome the challenges of being a single parent.

Her husband, Leonard V. Finamore, died in 1960. As a new resident of Waltham she knew that she needed to provide for her family in ways in addition to the often under appreciated full time role as a home maker. Dolly worked for years in the cafeteria's at Waltham High School, John F. Kennedy Middle School and the Douglas MacArthur Elementary School. And she did all of it with a smile!

Violet 'Dolly' Ambrosino was born June 3, 1927 in East Boston a daughter of Italian immigrants Alphonse and Genevieve (D'Amore) Ambrosino. Raised in Revere she was a graduate of Revere High School. Shortly after marriage to Revere native Leonard V. Finamore they moved to Waltham in 1958.

Dolly died Wednesday, February 27, 2019 in a room over-filled with physical presence and love at Newton-Wellesley Hospital after a brief illness. She was 91.

Instilled with the blessing of faith at a young age she relied heavily on her beliefs. It guided and sustained her throughout both the happy and sad moments of life. She was an active and familiar face at Our Lady's Parish. Dolly learned that happiness was the best dance partner and would look forward to her Friday nights out with friends. An invitation to the movies was a regular for Dolly and friends. The recent Grammy awards were confirmation that she had seen most of the movies of those awarded. She's now met Elvis and introduced herself as his # 1 fan from the other side. 'Betty Boop' was a familiar figure in her house on Hibiscus Avenue and nothing made Dolly more happy than preparing dinner, Italian her specialty ….any night of the week for those who were hungry and available. A well-deserved Manhattan was her preferred sip when those whom she loved gathered around her table.

In addition to her husband, Leonard (1960) she is predeceased by their daughter, Annette Finamore (2002) and her siblings, Mary Alba, Louis, Anthony and Phillip Ambrosino; her sister-in-law, Margaret Ambrosino and brother-in-law, Donald Finamore

She leaves her children, Stephen P. Finamore (Janet) of Hillsdale, New Jersey, Leonard V. Finamore Jr. (Donna) of S. Weymouth, Violet St. Cyr (Raymond) of Waltham, Vincent Finamore of Walnut Creek, California; her grandchildren, Sara Finamore, Christina Landers (Kevin), Michael Finamore, Corinne Finamore, Laura Randall (Kenny), Nicole Finamore, Kelly Keefe (Connor), Michelle Richard (Andrew) and David St. Cyr; great-grandchildren Janessa, Jayden, Jesse, Violet, Thomas and Stephen; her siblings Frederick Ambrosino of Revere, Alphonse Ambrosino (Mora) of Winthrop, Gail Hagstrom (Donald) of Revere; her sisters-in-law Melba Belmonte of Melrose and Virginia Curley (Joseph) of California; also survived by many nieces & nephews.

Family and friends will honor and remember Violet's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Friday, March 1st from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Saturday 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 Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Memorial donations may be made to JDRF – New England Chapter, 60 Walnut Street, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481or American Cancer Society, 125 S Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02130.

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