OBITUARY: Dorothy C. (Grinley) Calabro, 75

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Dorothy C. (Grinley) Calabro, “Dottie”, age 75, of Billerica, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away on March 7, 2021.

Dottie was born on May 26, 1945 in Boston, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Joseph P. and Helen (Norwood) Grinley. She was raised in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School.

Dottie married Richard P. Calabro at St. Thomas Church on May 9, 1965. They settled in Wilmington, where they raised their two children, Richie and Kim. Dottie was a loving and devoted mother; she spent her whole life caring for her son who had cerebral palsy. Dottie was meticulous with Richie’s care and spent countless hours making sure he had everything he needed.

In her younger days, Dottie loved to paint; she was extremely talented and left some beautiful paintings for her family to treasure. She also loved lighthouses and was a true fan of diet pepsi. Dottie will be remembered for her important “swatting towel” and her funny use of words to describe things she was looking for.

Dottie was the beloved wife of Richard P. Calabro, devoted mother of Richard P. Calabro, Jr. of Westford and Kimberly Calabro of Londonderry, NH, loving “Nana” of Shawn Calabro, dear sister of the late Joseph Grinley, Thomas Grinley and Edward Grinley. Dottie is also survived by her Northborough family: Patricia LeSage, Barbara Stirk, Gayle Shivick, Kathy Fletcher, Margaret Cusella and the late Sheila Ellsworth, as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington on Wednesday, March 10th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, March 11th at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Masks are required in the Funeral Home.

Memorial donations in Dottie’s name may be made to the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, 3 Columbus Circle, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10019.

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