Dorothy Ann Cannistraro

  • Born: November 17, 1934
  • Died: June 11, 2019
  • Location: Framingham, Massachusetts

Concord Funeral Home

Director - Glenn D. Burlamachi, CFSP
74 Belknap St.
Concord, MA 01742
Tel. (978) 369-3388

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Mother and Cherished Grandmother

Dorothy Ann (Moore) Cannistraro died on Tuesday, June 11th, peacefully in her sleep at St. Patrick's Manor where she had resided for six years. Dottie lived with deep faithfulness, good humor, and a commitment to sharing kindness with others. Born in Framingham in 1934 and raised in Millis, Dottie enjoyed the company of a large extended family, including her parents Harold and Dorothy Moore and younger brother Louis Moore. Her strong will and determination gave her strength to buck the system and get the education she deserved in spite of her cerebral palsy. Her fighting spirit, coupled with unparalleled determination, made her an inspiration to those who had an opportunity to know her. Indeed, when Dottie graduated from Millis high school in 1953, long before the Americans with Disabilities Act or anything like it, no one who knew Dottie was surprised she accomplished that unlikely feat.

As a young adult, Dottie worked as a clerk librarian at the Millis School Library. In the summer of 1962 she had the opportunity to attend Camp Freedom (now called Camp Jabberwocky) on Martha's Vineyard. It was a fortuitous trip because it was there that she met Domenic Cannistraro. Dom and Dottie married in 1970. Their marriage was one of mutual love, respect, and cooperation. They made their home in Lincoln where the sparkle in Dottie's eye and her nurturing spirit made Dottie a favorite among neighborhood children, many of whom she cared for in her home-based childcare.

Dom and Dottie were faithful members of St. Anne's in the Fields Episcopal Church in Lincoln, MA for thirty-four years. A woman of deep faith, Dorothy was an active member of the Service League there. After moving to Framingham, Dom and Dottie joined St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in 2004. Much to their surprise and delight their daughter, the Rev. Julie Carson, became rector of their congregation in 2007.

Dorothy glowed with pride at the accomplishments of Julie, her son-in-law Phillip Carson, and grandchildren Natalie and Thomason Carson, all of Framingham. She also leaves a brother, Louis Moore, sisters-in-law who were more like sisters, and many nieces and nephews. Known as "Honey" to her extended family, it was a fitting nickname for someone as sweet and generous as Dottie. Dottie was preceded in death by her parents and beloved husband Domenic.

A service of thanksgiving for Dottie's life will be held at St. Anne's in the Fields Episcopal Church, 147 Concord Road in Lincoln, on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 11:00 AM with interment of ashes to follow in the church memorial garden.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to:
Camp Jabberwocky
200 Greenwood Ave.
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Julie,

Steve and I send you and the family our deepest condolences. We know what a loss this is to all of you. We will always cherish the many years of fun and friendship we shared with Dom and Dottie - they were role models to us. May she rest in peace.

Posted by Hema Shasta - Lincoln, MA   July 01, 2019

Rest in Peace Dottie. Know you will be meeting Dom and maybe even Bud up there. Such a pleasure in knowing both you and Dom over the years,

Posted by Jeanne Thompson - Millis, MA - Friend   June 23, 2019

Our sincere condolences to the Cannistraro family for the loss of your dear love one. Our prayers are as yours, that God provides his care and comfort you each day.
- Psalms 145:18,19

Posted by Your neighbor.. - MA   June 23, 2019

My sincere sympathies to all of you in the loss of your beloved mother, Julie! I've heard such lovely things about her through Lisa.

Posted by Sharon Webb - Hudson, MA - Family Friend   June 15, 2019

Much love to you, dear forever-precious spirits of Dottie and Dom! Much love and comfort to Julie and Phil and the kids! Thankful prayers, laughter, gratitudes, happy thoughts, lovely recollections will bloom whenever the Cannistraro family pops to mind here in Lincoln, especially for Emily and Graham and so many others.

Posted by Emily Lovering and Graham Walker - Lincoln, MA - Family Friend   June 14, 2019


Truly felt sympathy to Julie and family as well as to Dottie's and Dom's families. Dottie and Dom were dear friends when they and I were both a part of St. Anne's. Their sparkle and determination inspired everyone who knew each of them. The fact that Julie became an Episcopal priest is a testamony to the love and the rich encouragement she had from her parents and the church in her early years. Sincere love to all who loved her.

Posted by Hulen Kornfeld - Acton, MA - Friend   June 14, 2019

I send my deep sympathy to Julie and her family. Dottie was a very special person and an inspiration to those of us in Lincoln who witnessed her deep faith and her good cheer. I'm disappointed that I'll miss Dottie's service, but I'll be in Florida visiting my sister that weekend. Peace be with the Carson family.

Posted by Joan Perera - Lincoln, MA - Friend   June 12, 2019

So grateful to have known Dorothy through her lovely daughter, Julie. My prayers are with each of you. Hold tight to the memories. Rev. Margaret Clemons

Posted by Margaret Clemons - Hagerstown, MD - Family Friend   June 12, 2019


Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Phil and the kids. Preparedness doesn't remove the pain of loss for you all, but knowing she's happy and ok will. Peace to you all, The Webbs

Posted by Lauren Webb - Hopedale, MA - Friend   June 12, 2019

Dear Dottie - I cherish the memories of times I shared with you and Domenic. Happy times & happy memories.God bless you, Rest in Peace.

Posted by Bob Healy - Boston, MA - Friend   June 12, 2019

Many prayers for you and your family, Julie.

Posted by Elizabeth Hoster - Columbus, OH - Friend   June 11, 2019

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