Funeral Arrangements and Celebration Party in Honor of Dot Donnelly

By Marcia Cleveland

May 18. Dorothy Donnelly, former Executive Secretary of USMS, passed away on Wednesday May 17, 2000, at the age of 78. She died peacefully at her lake-front home, with her family around her. Her daughter, Jerianne Donnelly has begun to make arrangements for her memorial. Dot will be cremated and her ashes, for the near-future, will be placed on the family's fireplace mantle so that she can still see the lake as well as to offer advice to whoever wants it.

On Sunday May 21, there will be Calling Hours from 1-3pm and 5-7 pm at the Mercadante Funeral Home in Worcester, MA. Directions are below.

On Monday May 22, there will be a Memorial Mass at 10am at St. Peter's Church in Worcester, MA. Directions are also below.

Following the Mass, there will be a Celebration Party. Details on this party will be available at the Mass.

If you are interested in sending a card, the address is: 2 Peter Avenue, Rutland, MA 01543. phone: 508-886-6631.

A donation fund is in the process of being set up. Jerianne was also looking into the details of the Bobby Jr. fund (Dot's son who died 26 years ago) for donations. As these specifics become available, they will be passed on.

Jerianne is open to suggestions about the Memorial Service. She would like people to bring momentos of Dot for display as well as inclusion in a "Dot" Book. The funeral home has a large posterboard on which a picture collage can be made.

May we all be so lucky to live such a great life as Dot did!

Directions: (Worcester is ~2 hours, 45 minutes from the New York/Connecticut border)

Mercadante Funeral Home & Chapel
370 Plantation Street Worcester, MA phone: 1-800-854-0486 Adjacent to Univ. of MA Medical Center
From Fitchburg area: Rt. 190 South, to Rt. 290 East, get off at exit 21 (Plantation Street). Turn right at the bottom of ramp. Funeral home is 1 mile up on left. If you get to UMASS, you just went by the funeral home.
From 495 Area: Rt. 495 South to exit 25, for 290 West, to exit 22 (Main St. Shrewsbury, Rt. 70. Turn Right at bottom of ramp. At 2nd light, turn left onto Plantation Street. Funeral home is 1 mile up on left. If you get to UMASS, you just went by the funeral home.
From The East: Mass Pike West to Exit 11A (Rt. 495). Take Rt. 495 North to exit 25 (290 West). Follow Rt 290 West to Exit 22. Turn right at bottom of ramp. At 2nd light, turn left onto Plantation Street. Funeral home is 1 mile up on left. If you get to UMASS, you just went by the funeral home.
Connecticut and West: Mass Pike East to Exit 10 (Auburn) Take Rt. 290 East to exit 21 (Plantation Street). Turn right at the bottom of ramp. Funeral home is 1 mile up on left. If you get to UMASS, you just went by the funeral home.
Rhode Island Area: I46 North to 290 East. Follow 290 east to Exit 21 (Plantation Street). Turn right at the bottom of ramp. Funeral home is 1 mile up on left. If you get to UMASS, you just went by the funeral home.

St. Peter's Church
292 Main Street Worcester, MA phone: 508-752-4674 Opposite Clark University
From Springfield area: Mass Pike to exit 10, Auburn. Bear left onto Rt. 290. Exit 11, College Square. At light, go straight through onto Southbridge Street. Turn left onto Hammond Street, take to end, to Main Street. Turn left. Church will be about 1/2 mile down on left. Parking lot is on far side of church.
From North (Fitchburg/Leominster): From Rts. 2, 12, 140…get onto Rt. 190, which merges with Rt. 290 W (Auburn). Continue on Rt. 290 to Exit 12, Brosnihan Square. At end of ramp, cross diagonally onto Cambridge Street. Continue on Cambridge Street to intersection lights taking right onto Southbridge Street. Take left onto Hammond Street, take to end, to Main Street. Turn left. Church will be about 1/2 mile down on left. Parking lot is on far side of church.
From Boston/Framingham area: 3 options:
#1: Mass Pike to Exit 10, Auburn. Bear left onto Rt. 290. Exit 11, College Square. At light, go straight through onto Southbridge Street. Turn left onto Hammond Street, take to end, to Main Street. Turn left. Church will be about 1/2 mile down on left. Parking lot is on far side of church.
#2: Mass Pike to Exit 11A. At Ramp, take 495N, to exit 25, "290, Worcester" Continue on Rt. 290 to Exit 12, Brosnihan Square. At end of ramp, cross diagonally onto Cambridge Street. Continue on Cambridge Street to intersection lights taking left onto Southbridge Street. Take left onto Hammond Street, take to end, to Main Street. Turn left. Church will be about 1/2 mile down on left. Parking lot is on far side of church.
#3: Enter Worcester via Rt. 9 to Lincoln Square. Follow signs onto Main Street. Continue on Main Street to Church.
From Providence Area: Enter Worcester on Rt. 146 or 122A which becomes Millbury Street at the Worcester line. Millbury Street eventually enters on 290 but DO NOT TAKE 290! At this point, stay to your left, go under a bridge and stay on a short connector street to Quinsigamond Avenue. Take a left onto Quinsigamond Avenue. Continue to red blinker light and take a right onto Cambridge Street. Continue on Cambridge Street to intersection lights taking right onto Southbridge Street. Take left onto Hammond Street, take to end, to Main Street. Turn left. Church will be about 1/2 mile down on left. Parking lot is on far side of church.

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