Dorothy E. Tassinari, born Aug. 19, 1915 in Mount Holly, Vt., the only daughter in a family of four children.

Dorothy passed away quietly with family by her side on March 2, 2013 at Millbury Healthcare Center.

On Feb. 21, 1942 Dorothy married the love of her life, Bruno Tassinari. In 1943 Bruno settled his bride and young son Thomas in a small apartment in Natick Mass., and shipped off to war in Europe. While she waited for his return, Dorothy cared for her son, and saved money by sewing her own clothes and making baby food from scratch.

She was a loving and devoted wife to Bruno for almost 69 years, mother to three children Thomas H Tassinari and wife Corinne of Grafton, Mass.; Diane Mulkern and husband Tom of Gloucester, Mass.; and Richard Tassinari and wife Pamela of Jefferson. She was grandmother to 10 grandchildren: Jessika Baker and husband David of Jefferson; Shaina Kalama and husband David of Hawaii; Aimee Edgar and husband Cory of Boston; Alicia Tassinari of Jefferson; Laura Tassinari of Wilmington, N.C.; Kristine Tracy of Wiscasset; Kevin Tassinari of Grafton, Mass.; Karen Tassinari of Charleston, S.C.; Nicholas Tassinari of Augusta and Anthony Tassinari, also of Augusta. She also had seven (soon to be eight) great-grandchildren: Zachary and Matthew Baker of Jefferson; Aidan Tracy and Maddison Abbott of Wiscasset; Cash and Cole Kalama of Hawaii and Landon and Liliana (arriving soon) Tassinari of South China. She was predeceased by her husband Bruno Tassinari and her brothers Harvey, Arthur, and Norman as well as a granddaughter Pauline Francis Tassinari.

Dorothy loved her family and enjoyed being a mother and grandmother. She was a superb cook who enjoyed trying new recipes and particularly liked baking cookies, pies and decadent treats for her family. She was known to all of her grandchildren as “Cookie Nana.” She was a talented oil and pastel portrait artist and studied art under a gifted tutor for many years. She never advertised her work. Her reward was in the simple satisfaction of doing the occasional portrait for others. Dorothy and Bruno attended and thoroughly enjoyed ballroom dancing to live music whenever they could. Together they were graceful and elegant dancers. Well into their 80s they wowed those who saw them gliding across the dance floor. Dorothy was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW.

She taught her children and grandchildren compassion, honesty as well as the value of hard work and getting an education. She also encouraged them to appreciate family and beauty, and to explore and maximize their talents. Dorothy was loved by all and will be greatly missed.

Her family wishes to thank the staff at the Millbury Healthcare Center for the excellent care she received. Her funeral was arranged by Roney Funeral Home of Grafton, Mass. and held March 6. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association.