CENTERVILLE - On Wednesday, July 11, 2018, Dorothy Regina (Gaspar) Luciani, loving wife; mother of two sons; and Nannie to four grandchildren, passed away at the age of 73 with the same grace, dignity and humor in which she lived her life.
Dorothy was born on September 3, 1944 in Winthrop, Massachusetts to Edward and Gertrude (Fitzpatrick) Gaspar. She was the oldest sister of Bonney, Michael Stephen & Patty.
She graduated from Cardinal Cushing Central High School in East Boston in 1962. Later, she would meet Stephen Luciani who became the love of her life. After a longer than usual courtship, she informed Stephen that they were to be married on June 3, 1967 and he happily complied. Together they raised two sons, Michael & David - who have always and will forever debate over who was her favorite.
Over the course of her early life, Dorothy worked as a housekeeper, a babysitter, and a telephone operator on Martha's Vineyard, where the family would spend their summers in the small but beloved house where her father was born. Later, she would work as an administrative assistant for a Boston insurance company until 1968 when she and Stephen moved to the Cape to start their family - first on Lavender Lane in West Yarmouth and then to Centerville in 1972.
For as long as anyone can remember, she focused on creating a happy and loving home where family, friends and loved ones were always welcome and celebrated and where adversity was vanquished. Christmas parties with Santa, Easters with the egg hunts, birthdays, graduations, engagements, July 4th, or any given day when she thought a pool party or cook-out was in order, she made everyone who crossed the threshold feel special - and nobody left a celebration without a carefully chosen memento or piece of fancy candy. When she was not hosting a celebration, she kept QVC in good business with a steady flow of packages full of things she always thought someone would like. Her family fears for their stock value now that she is gone.
Always working together as true partners in life, Dorothy & Stephen started Coachlight Carpets in 1970. Through the highs and lows of running a business in a small community, they learned the importance and value of stewardship and civic responsibility, and whether through the business or their own labors, they made sure that they would give back whenever they could - and sometimes even when they couldn't. Christmas presents and Thanksgiving dinners would find their way to the homes of families who may have gone without that year; a playground would always seem to have what they needed. Food would find its way to the agencies that would need it the most; people out of work would get what they need until they got back on their feet; the corner in Centerville would be alive with flowers and seasonal displays, and the Centerville July 4th parade would always have a grand marshal that only cared about kids having fun.
All of this was even more important to her after she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in her 60s and cancer in her last year. It is worth mentioning it again…she did it all with grace, dignity and humor.
Calling hours for Dorothy will be held on Monday, July 16, 2018 from 4-7 pm at The John Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Rd., Marstons Mills. Her funeral service will be held Tuesday, July 17, 2018, 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Victory Church in Centerville followed by a burial at Beechwood Cemetery. Collation will be held immediately following at Wimpy's Restaurant in Osterville.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Ryan's Angel's Foundation, 74 Pine Ridge Road, Reading, MA 01867 (www.ryansangels.com).
For online guestbook and directions, please visit www.johnlawrencefuneralhome.com.