Dorothy E. Sylvester, 91, of Milford, CT, left this world for her next adventure on May 6. Her motto has always been “live well, laugh often, love much,” a phrase that describes the passion with which she lived her life.
Born on July 26, 1930, in Central Falls, R.I., Dorothy spent the first 65 years of her life in Rhode Island — most recently, Pascoag — before moving to Milford, CT. A loving daughter, wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother, Dorothy always found a way to make people feel special: as a short-order cook at Serio’s Pizzarama in Pascoag for nearly 30 years, she had regular customers who would only dine on the nights when she was cooking; more recently, she’d write down pages of jokes to share with her Milford friends on their annual trips to the Salvation Army Camps, Ladore in Pennsylvania and CONNRI in northeast Connecticut.
Dorothy has many loved ones waiting to welcome her in her next life: her husband, Ernest; her son, Edmund; her grandson, Eric; and her great grandson, Tyler. In addition, she will join her parents Dorothy and Robert; sister, Hazel; and brothers Donald, Gordon, Robert and John. She also has many friends waiting to share a laugh with her, among them Flo, Ginger, Bud, Barbara and Lou. She leaves a legacy of love in this world as well: her son, Kevin; daughter-in-law, Linda; grandchildren Tracy, Kate and James; great grandchildren Cody and Kira; great-great grandchildren Cole and Addie; brother, Walter; sister, Carolyn; many nieces and nephews; and numerous friends she made over the years. A special thanks to the staff at Seacrest Retirement Center, in West Haven, CT, and Milford Health and Rehabilitation Center, in Milford, CT, for providing compassionate, loving care later in her life.
A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held on Wednesday, May 11, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. with a short service to begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Gregory F. Doyle Funeral Home, 291 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford. Burial services will be private. Dorothy has always loved flowers, so if you would like to send them, please contact Plumb Farms Flowers in Prospect, CT (203-758-5590). To share a memory, please visit www.gregoryfdoylefuneralhome.com.