Dorothea E. "Dot" Walsh
Dorothea E. (Martin) Walsh 95, of Providence died peacefully Wednesday July 5th as she lived – surrounded by the loving family that was the most important part of her life. She was the wife of the late Albert A. Walsh and the proud mother of their four daughters, Eileen Walsh Butterfield, Dorothy Walsh Silva, Maureen Walsh O’Sullivan and Anne Walsh. She was also a second mother to many, especially to the “fifth sister” Michaela O’Neill Geary. Born in Providence, Dot was the daughter of the late Margaret Helen and Albert Martin. She was the sister of the late Helen McBurnie, Albert Martin, Mary Proulx, Gertrude Appleton and is survived by her sister Margaret Perreault.
Like her mother, Dot was well known as a strong, smart, sensitive woman and raised her girls to be the same, but each in her own unique way. She delighted in her grandchildren, Raymond Butterfield, Jennifer Silva Brees, Michelle Butterfield Fontaine, Rachel Silva, Suzanne Butterfield Chase and Conor Walsh. She reveled in her role as great-grandmother to their children, Emily, Fatima, Ray, Brandon, Bernadette, Natalie, Matthew, Ryan and Curtis.
Born into the Assumption Parish in Providence, Dot and Al raised their children in St. Matthew Parish in Cranston where they all attended St. Matthew School. She was also a past President of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus Cranston Council 1738 and a member of the Daughters of Isabella. Family, friends and even perfect strangers enjoyed talking with her. She might not know you at the beginning of a conversation, but she’d be as kind, attentive and responsive as if you were her best friend. This ability served her well during the years that she was a very popular Dance Teacher at local community and senior centers and a member of Dance Masters of America.
Dot was woman of great heart and presence who had a story everywhere she went. She will be deeply and dearly missed.
Funeral services will be held on Monday July 10th at 8:30am from The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Matthew Church Cranston at 10:00am. Burial will follow in the Rhode Island Veteran Cemetery Exeter. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 3:00-6:00pm. In lieu of flowers donations to the Mary House 244 Smith Street Providence, RI 02908 would be appreciated.
Ann Licciardi - 07/06/2017
I am so sorry for the loss of your Mother, Grandmother.She was so sweet and so caring.Even if it was a long time between when she had seen you last, she remembered everything about you & your family. She will be missed so much by so many people. Love and prayers to all her family.
The Kuglers - 07/06/2017
Sorry for the loss of your Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother. She was loved by many. She is now with all of her family that went before her. I am sure they welcomed her home. Our prayers are with all of you.
Michael E Racano - 07/06/2017
Dear Maureen, I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember her warmth and smile from Our chorale days. Charlie and I send Healing Light and Love to you and your family.
Gabriele Chorney - 07/06/2017
Dear Maureen, unfortunately I can not attend the funeral service for your beloved mother. I am sending you my comfort and love and prayers for your whole family to find strength in the Lord during these difficult times.
Margaret Magee - 07/06/2017
I am so sorry for your loss. I was blessed that she was a part of my life. Will miss her.
DEBBIE Ciunci Wier - 07/06/2017
Larry and I have such fond memories of both of your parents visiting our restaurant, Cape Cod. With always a smile on your mom (and dad's) faces, they were customers we loved to see!
We aee so sorry for your heartbreaking loss... Love, Debbie
( Ciunci) and Larry Wier
What a lovely tribute to your mom!
Deb Dodd - 07/06/2017
Maureen...so sorry for tour loss and heartache. Did not know your Mom but reading about her brings you to mind! Keep her memories alive in your heart and mind...she will go on forever 😇 Hugs
Joseph douglas - 07/06/2017
I am so sorry for your loss if you need us we are here and your mom was special
Paula Porreca - 07/06/2017
Maureen, I cannot express the sorrow you must be feeling. I know how important your mother was to you and she was a wonderful woman. My deepest condolences to you and your entire family. May she rest in peace.
Jean Cataldo - 07/06/2017
Ernie Pennine - 07/07/2017
To the Walsh Girl's on behalf of the Pennine Family and the RI State Council of the Knight's of Columbus please accept our condolences on the passing of Dottie, May mother Mary watch over her as she and Al are reunited with the Lord. May she Rest in Peace
Connie Iacoucci Wallace - 07/07/2017
Mrs. Walsh was like a second Mom to me. Loved her spirit and her sense of humor. I have so many sweet memories of growing up around her and "Dad Walsh". Her giving us rides to school, her baking after school, both her and Mr. Walsh spending time at our house on Sinclair Avenue and also at our house at the Cape with my own Mom and Dad...and who could ever forget her great "Can-Can" performance at St. Matthew Minstrel Show?! She was one in a million and she will be sadly missed by so many who all wanted her to live forever. I'm so glad I got to spend time with her recently on several occasions. My Mom and Dad loved her and Mr. Walsh too. I like to think they are all hanging out together and reminiscing about old times. Rest in peace, "Mom Walsh", you will always be remembered with a smile.
John O'Leary - 07/07/2017
To the family of Dot,
Please accept my condolences on the passing of your mother, grandmother and great grandmother. I am so sorry for your loss. She was truly a wonderful woman and leaves a great legacy in her family. May happy memories and the knowledge that she is now reunited with her beloved husband lessen the sorrow that you feel. RIP Dot.
Lori Maciel - 07/07/2017
My heart aches for the family who lost this amazing lady. Dot's delight and keen attention upon seeing you was like a blanket of love that she cast on everyone she encountered. Maureen, I hope your immense sorrow will be eased a bit knowing that your Dad has his "best girl" with him again. Love, prayers and hugs to all the Walsh girls.
Betty Mainella - 07/08/2017
So sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers
Kathy Quinn - 07/08/2017
Eileen and family on the loss of your mom. My prayers and thought are with you and your family at this time
Laurie Durango - 07/08/2017
Maureen and family, I want to extend my sincerest sympathies on the loss of your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May all the memories shared remain in your hearts and help thru this very difficult time. Heaven received another Angel who will watch over you always! 💞🙏
Nancy & Thomas Proulx - 7/9/2017 - 07/09/2017
Our hearts go out to you and your family Maureen at this very difficult time ❤. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ed and Maureen Chase, Aiken, SC - 07/09/2017
We were sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Walsh. What a wonderful, kind, and cheerful woman! We probably knew her a little over 10 years and she always greeted us as if we were lifelong friends....she always remembered the names of our family members and always asked about them. Dale is so fortunate to have married into such a wonderful family; and I know they will miss their Mother, Grandmother, and GreatGrandmother. Our thoughts and prayers are sent to the Butterfield family at this very sad time.l
Ana - 08/02/2017
Our deepest and sincerest condolences to the family. Words alone can not ease the pain when grieving the loss of a love one. The Bible provides comfort during these difficult times. Revelation 21:3-4 states, "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away". May God give you and your family comfort in your loving memories and in His promise that soon we will never experience losing our loved ones in death and we will be able to see them again once they resurrected as per John 5:28-29. May these words give you a new hope, with deepest sympathy and warmth of heart.