OBITUARY: Dorothy A. Robichaud, 94

Below is an obituary from Crosswell Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Dorothy A. Robichaud, of Wilmington, MA, age 94, died peacefully in her sleep on August 4, 2021, while staying with her son Gary in Hickory, North Carolina. Dorothy was born September 16, 1926 in Chelsea, MA, into a family of 13 children. She was married in 1949 to Arthur Robichaud. She helped her husband build a house in North Wilmington where they raised a family of five children, and where she lived for 70 years. She was fortunate enough to be a snowbird to Melbourne Florida for 16 years after Arthur’s retirement in 1987. Dorothy was a homemaker for most of her adult life after starting a family in 1950. In her later years she worked as a teller at the Wilmington branch of the Reading Cooperative bank for 10 years through the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Dorothy loved a good adventure. She went on every town bus trip that was available, whether it was a weekend trip to New York City or a day trip to Boston. She loved the social camaraderie. She loved the Fourth of July festivities on the common in Wilmington. Her highlight of the week, in the middle of the summer, would be the concert on Wilmington common.

And boy did she like a good bingo game! She was a regular every week at the bingo games held at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus. She would also frequent the weekly bingo games held in Tewksbury, Stoneham, and even Foxwoods if she had someone to travel with.

Dorothy is pre-deceased by her husband Arthur, to whom she was married for 55 years. She is also pre-deceased by her daughter Diane Mills.

She leaves behind her son Edward and his wife Elaine, her daughter Linda Vachon and her husband Wayne, her son Gary and his wife Debbie, and her son Scott and his wife Sheila. She also leaves behind five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She lived a good long happy life.

Family and friends are invited to gather at Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Sunday, August 15 from 1 to 4 PM. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Avenue, Wilmington on Monday, August 16, at 10:30 AM, followed by interment at Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in her memory to the nonprofit hospice facility, Carolina Caring, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658, or

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