WILMINGTON, MA — Dorothea C. Licciardi (Nocito), age 78, of Wilmington, passed away January 22, 2020, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, surrounded by her family.
Dorothea was born in Boston, MA, on July 10, 1941; she was the cherished daughter of the late Michelangelo and Carmela Nocito. Dorothea was raised and educated in East Boston; she attended Samuel Adams Elementary School and the Donald McKay Junior High School before moving to Dorchester where she went on to graduate from Dorchester High School.
Dorothea was a hard worker throughout her life; she was smart, conscientious, driven and had a great personality which made her successful in every job she had. As a teenager she worked at Kresge’s Department Store in Boston. Later she took a position at “Ma Bell” telephone company where she worked in the answering service department and then she worked as a sales representative for the Sears Roebuck Company. While raising her own children, Dorothea ran her own business as a Day Care provider in her home where she was very loving to the children and treated them as her own. When her children were old enough to be left alone after school, Dorothea went back into the working world at the Goldman Paper Company for a few years. Dorothea also worked in the Mask Making Department for semiconductors at Analog Devices in Wilmington. Following her position at Analog, Dorothea went to work for Gillette as a product tester before she finally retired in 2001.
On June 4, 1961, Dorothea, married the “love of her life” Vincenzo “Vincent” Licciardi; the couple lived in East Boston for many years and had three beautiful children, Cheryl, Paul and Michael. Dorothea was extremely devoted to her family and a great advocate for her special needs son which prompted her to get heavily involved with Chapter 766. When he became an adult working at NuPath, she sat on the Human Rights Committee.
Dorothea was an amazing cook and loved to entertain. She and Vincent had an “open door policy” where everyone was welcome in their home and she made everyone feel loved. Dorothea showered her family with unconditional love; she really enjoyed being a mother and when she became “Nana” to Rebecca she was thrilled and throughout the years they were inseparable.
In her spare time, Dorothea, looked forward to traveling and taking vacations with her family and friends; she enjoyed seeing new places and meeting new people. Dorothea and Vincent always had a great time when they showed their 1931 Pierce Arrow in antique car shows.
For years Dorothea was thought to be “clumsy”, it wasn’t until much later in life she was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy, a debilitating disorder. Regardless of her struggles she never let it stop her from doing the things she took pleasure in and always with a smile on her face.
Dorothea will be remembered as “quite a lady”; she was thoughtful, caring and kind towards everyone she met. She cherished the great times she spent with her family, extended family and friends; Dorothea had an outgoing and fun personality, and everyone enjoyed being around her. She will forever be in the hearts of those she loved.
Dorothea was the beloved wife of Vincenzo “Vincent” Licciardi, devoted mother of Cheryl Licciardi and Paul Licciardi, both of Wilmington and Michael Licciardi of Concord, NH. Loving “Nana” of Rebecca Kendall, cherished daughter of the late Michelangelo and Carmela (DiNino) Nocito, dear sister of Rosemary Manning and her late husband Francis and Vincent Nocito all of Dorchester, sister-in-law of Juliette Giangregorio and her late husband Louis of Greenfield and Gennaro Licciardi and his late wife Lorraine of East Boston. Dorothea is also survived by many cherished nieces, nephews, cousins and their families as well as many friends.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, January 29th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 28th from 3:00-7:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Dorothea’s memory may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 5 Hampshire Street, Suite 1008, Mansfield, MA 02048.
(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)
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