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Dorothy E. Rasmussen

November 11, 2021


Dorothy E. (Medeiros) Rasmussen, 84, of Wareham passed away Thursday, November 11, 2021 at Tobey Hospital in Wareham after a period of declining health.  She was the loving wife to Paul E. Rasmussen for 56 years.

Born in Cambridge, daughter of the late Joseph Medeiros and Emily (Severino) Gaipo, she grew up in Watertown where she graduated from Watertown High School and lived in Fairhaven prior to settling in Wareham 29 years ago.  Dorothy had been an executive secretary at GTE in Waltham. As of late she enjoyed running her online store of high-end fashionwear.

Dorothy was a longtime member of the Beverly Yacht Club, the Sippican Women’s Club, as well as the Tobey Hospital Guild, where she served as President. Dorothy was also a former member of the Pelagic Sailing Club.

She is survived by her husband Paul; a son, Joseph R. Rasmussen and his wife Joanne of Naples, FL; two daughters, Paula J. Pires and her partner Linda Leja of Fairhaven and Nancy A. Donahue and her husband David of Forestdale;  six grandchildren, Emily Pires Swift and her husband Deacon Swift of Boston, Evan Pires of Boston, Molly Donahue of Forestdale, David Donahue, Jr. of Centerville, Colton Rasmussen of Naples, FL and Isabel Rasmussen of Naples, FL;  four great-grandchildren, Hunter, Jaxon, Julian and Theodore. 

In accordance with her wishes she will be cremated, and a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on November 23, 2021 at 10am (which would have been her 85th birthday) in St. Joseph’s Church in Fairhaven.  Interment will be private at a later date.  For memorial register please visit, www.hathawayfunerals.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Tobey Hospital Guild Scholarship Fund, 43 High St., Wareham. MA 02571

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Funeral Mass
November 23, 2021

10:00 AM
St. Joseph Church
74 Spring Street
Fairhaven, MA 02719


Tobey Hospital Guild Scholarship Fund
43 High Street, Wareham MA 02571

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