Dorothy B. Zlock

Apr 10, 2018
Dorothy Zlock

New Bedford, Mass. — Dorothy Bernice Benner Zlock passed away peacefully with family at her side March 27, 2018, at St. Lukes Hospital. Dorothy, (Dot to all who knew her) was born Sept. 21, 1928, one of eight children, to Madeline and Ernest Benner.

Dot loved her children and extended family, golf and the New England Patriots -- not necessarily in that order. For the record, Dot believed her beloved Tom Brady had absolutely no part in deflating any balls, Belichick could do no wrong, and Commissioner Goodell was not worthy of being mentioned in polite conversation.

Dot spent 25 years of her retirement with her husband, Frank, in Tarpon Springs, Fla., playing golf, bingo, cards and socializing with her friends and her beloved brother, Kelsey Benner. Dot was especially proud that she was golf club champion in her late 70s, taking home the trophy with reluctant pride after discovering she could not trade it in for a cash prize.

Dot spent her summers in New England visiting her children in Andover, Mass., West Island, Mass., Haverhill, Mass., Cape Elizabeth, West Gardiner, and Tenants Harbor. Dot was a treasure to all who knew her. She was a strong, spunky, spirited, proud and meticulous woman. Athletic her whole life, Dot would take on a gaggle of teenage boys to play a game of around the world in basketball, and teach her grandchildren how to swing on a swing set. Dot hit golf balls at the driving range, played catch with great-great-nieces and -nephews, and quahoged well into her late 80s.

Dot’s connection to the ocean was strong and she was fortunate to spend her last few years on West Island with her daughter Sharon and son-in-law Mike enjoying the company of three generations of family on a daily basis.

Her husband, Frank, her brothers Bobby, Teddy and Leroy, and her sister, Betty, predeceased Dot. Dot is survived by her brothers Kelsey Benner, Ernest Benner, and sister Barbara Smith; her five children, Sharon Ristuccia and her husband, Michael, Ricky Freeman and his wife, Ellen, Robbie Freeman and his wife, Lori, CyndiLou Carmichael and Lisa Carmichael Miele. Dot had 10 grandchildren, Stacey Ristuccia, Michael Ristuccia, Michelle Ristuccia, Kesley Prock, Staci King, Lacie Jones, Gillian Brignac, Hailey Brignac, Madeline Miele and Eva Miele; and 12 great-grandchildren, Zachary, Rob, Sam and Ellie Mayo, Noah and Max Ristuccia, Finley and Parker Mattos, Aubrey and Allie Prock, Gavin Clark and Lincoln Rush.

In lieu of flowers, spend a little extra time appreciating those you love.

A memorial service will be held in Maine Friday July 27.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Sandra Schramm | Apr 10, 2018 12:39

Sorry to read this. She was a neighbor to my husband when he grew up in Rockville then later on for some reason I rode to dances at the KC Hall with Sharon and Bill, and when on Chestnut in Rockland Lisa was in my son's class. Lisa, every so often John asks "whatever happened to Lisa Carmichael"!  My condolences to you all.  Nice lady, RIP Dot.

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