Dora Sateriale

Dora Marie Sateriale (Romagna)

Sunday, June 10th, 1923 - Friday, June 21st, 2019
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Dora Marie (Romagna) Sateriale passed on June 21, 2019. Dora was born in her parent’s home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she was the middle child of five (Peter, Nina, Dora, Hugo, and Laura). Of her siblings, Dora is survived by her sister Laura (Romagna) Serena.

In 1946 she married her high school sweetheart, Joseph Gordon Sateriale. They were married for almost 73 years. Together they had four sons: Kenneth (Eileen), Norman (Brenda), Mark (Elaine), and Alan (Cheryl). Dora is survived by her sons, nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Dora was a woman of deep faith in God, and a great love of family. She exemplified Christian virtues and set an example in kindness, humility, and love which shined like a beacon in the darkness.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit in the DeVito Funeral Home 761 Mt. Auburn St., WATERTOWN on Wednesday from 9:30 - 10:30 am and to her funeral mass at 11:00 am in St. Peter Parish, Cambridge. Burial to follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge. In lieu of flowers, you are invited to donate to the charity of your choice.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 | 9:30am - 10:30am
    Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
    DeVito Funeral Home - Watertown
    761 Mt. Auburn Street
    Watertown, MA 02472
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  • Service

    Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 11:00am
    St. Peter Parish - Cambridge
    100 Concord Ave.
    Cambridge, MA 02138
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  • Interment

    Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 |
    Wednesday, June 26th, 2019
    Mount Auburn Cemetery
    580 Mount Auburn St.
    Cambridge, MA 02138
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Dayna Lederman

Posted at 07:43am
I would like to say a few words about my Nonna. I want to say a million words about her and yet I feel like I can hear her now saying “stop fussing over me. I don’t need much.”

I knew Nonna as a grandmother, but ever since I was little I’ve always loved hearing stories that gave me a glimpse of who Dora was as a daughter, a young woman, a mother. She was a beautiful person with a beautiful soul.

She was Selfless - Last fall before a visit, I asked Nonna what she wanted me to bring for her and she said “oh just something to share with the kids when they come”. It reminded me of all the Sunday dinners where Nonna would cook for the whole extended family, homemade sauce and S cookies. And when we sat down to eat she would stand in the doorway. Waiting to help. Waiting to be needed.

She was Patient - as I am now a mother of two, I look back and I appreciate her patience even more. Nonna had 4 sons. And a husband of almost 73 years. So yes, she was patient. I remember hearing this war time story. Soldiers were not allowed to disclose their current or future location when they wrote home to family members. Now, Grandpa swears he came up with a clever plan to get around this rule. According to him he would write letters home but would insert questions about people neither he nor Nonna knew. Whenever one of these unknown names came up in the letter, Nonna was supposed to take the first initial and put them all together to form the city name of Grandpa‘s current location. But, according to Nonna, Grandpa never let her know about this plan. So she would receive letters from him that at first appeared normal but would suddenly ask questions about people she didn’t know. Nonna just thought grandpa was going mad. But she was patient.

She was playful - she was quiet. But she was playful - serving the grandkids Shirley temples, making special trips to the Mass Ave bakery for Whoopie Pies, and code naming Dove ice cream bars backwards as Evods so we could get away with treats before bed time. The giggle she had when she watched the grandkids and eventually greatgrand kids run circles around the house. Even into her 90s she would get down on the ground to play with the babies. And then there was this Italian song she sang while tickling our bella piazza, Chica Mina la bupazza...even the way she lovingly rolled her eyes at grandpa when he reminisced about their courting days.

I admire so many of Nonnas traits. And it’s fitting that her name means gift. As I know we all felt that she was a gift to each of us. Nonna was at peace with her life. She felt blessed by her family, her love, and her faith.

Andrea Romagna McCarthy

Posted at 10:41am
I remember my aunt and godmother, Dora, with great love. Her face lit up every time she saw me and I always felt so special. Whether she was talking in rapid-fire Italian to our grandparents, cooking a feast or baking her famous Italian cookies, she radiated love and nurturance. She, of my dad's four siblings, most resembled my beloved father, Peter. They were both patient, kind and understanding. With love and respect, I say goodbye to Auntie Dora.

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