Dorothy LaValle (McGrath)
Dorothy G. (McGrath) LaValle, 72, of Holden formerly of Shrewsbury passed Wednesday April 25, 2018 after a long health battle surrounded by her loving family.
Dorothy was born in Queens, New York daughter of the late James G. and Dorothy (McKeon) McGrath. She graduated from Douglas McArthur High School in Wantagh, New York and later received an associate degree in Secretarial Sciences from Farmingdale State College in NY.
She married the love of her life, Armand R. LaValle at St. James Catholic Church in Seaford, NY, moved to California shortly after their first daughter was born then settled down in Shrewsbury in the late 1970’s, before moving to Holden in 2010. While living in Shrewsbury Dorothy was an active Parent in the Shrewsbury Schools, a Town Meeting Member of over 20 years and a member of Saint Mary’s Parish where she sang in it’s choir and was a CCD Teacher.
Dorothy started in the advertising world before meeting Armand, and they both worked for Digital Equipment Corp, when they moved to Massachusetts. Most recently she had worked for the Salmon Family in the Human Resources Department. She had many varied jobs over the years, but they were just a supplement to her true job as a mother, not just to her children but to anyone who walked through her door. She was known to cook for an army and was the first to lend a hand to anyone in need. She enjoyed singing, traveling with her husband, attending the events of her children and grandchildren and had a passion for Oil Painting.
She leaves her loving husband, Armand R. LaValle, two daughters, Daria Liston and her husband Seth of Holden and Diana Green and her husband Andrew of Sturbridge; three grandchildren, Carter and Garrett Liston and Grace Green; a brother and several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Dorothy’s family on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 from 4:00-7:00 PM at BRITTON-SHREWSBURY FUNERAL HOME, 648 Main Street, Shrewsbury. Her funeral will be from the funeral home on Wednesday May 2, 2018 with a funeral Mass celebrated at 10:00 AM at Saint Mary’s Church, 640 Main Street, Shrewsbury. Burial will follow in Grove Cemetery, Holden. Memorial contributions may be made to: Sterling Animal Shelter.