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Dorothy Elizabeth Whitmore

October 13, 1931 — November 2, 2022

Westminster/Charlestown, RI

Dorothy (Dottie) Elizabeth Whitmore passed peacefully away on November 2, 2022.  She was born on October 13, 1931 in Portland, Connecticut to parents Carl Victor Larson and Elizabeth (Betty) Matson Pierson. She met and married Robert (Bob) Wilcox Whitmore in 1948.

Dottie came from a large loving family consisting of six siblings and, of course, Mom and Dad.   Sisters Patricia DiMauro, Susan McGee, Kathy Hanna and brothers Carl Larson, Jack Larson and Bill Larson.

Together Bob and Dottie raised three daughters, Bettelou Perkins, Debra Jean Bari, and Patricia Susan Zierle.

Bob and Dottie lived in Middle Haddam, Connecticut most of their married life.  They both enjoyed and worked extremely hard revitalizing their 3-story colonial home built sometime in the late 1700s (Historic).  They were avid skin-divers, and most weekends would find them at the beach in their "beach buggy." Their other interests included motorcycle riding and the occasional exciting trip to New York City to take in a live Broadway play.  They led a diverse and adventurous life together with their family.

Bob and Dottie spend the next 52 years together before God called Bob home in 2000.

Dottie was preceded in death by her parents Carl and Betty, her husband Bob and siblings Carl, Jack and Susan.

Dottie is survived by her daughters Debra Jean Bari, Patricia Susan Zierle, her sisters Patricia DiMauro, Kathy Hanna, brother Bill Larson, grandchildren Shannon Lark, Hannah Shields, David Perkins, Ashley Redfern, Charles Zierle, Dorothy-Joy Zierle, great-grandchildren Olivia Lark, Samuel Shields, Ryan Redfern and John Michael Shields.

Dottie loved her family and made home a beautiful, safe haven.  She was a stay-at-home mother. She was an inspired seamstress and she enjoyed gardening and was an active member of the Middle Haddam Garden Club for many years.  She also loved refinishing antiques to use in their lovely home.

Later in life Dottie and Bob moved to Charlestown, Rhode Island.  Their summer house now became their permanent residence. Bob loved crabbing and would take their dog Coco out early in the morning to scoop crabs while polling his boat in the back salt ponds.  Dottie was an expert clammer and would harvest clams and turn them into the most delicious clam chowder. Family and friends had many good times at the beach house with these two.

Dorothy was a prayer warrior for her family, she lived a life close to her savior Jesus Christ.  Now she is resting in his arms for eternity.

All the love and beautiful memories of Dottie will forever reside in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing her.

Mack Family Funeral Home, 105 Central Street, Gardner, MA is assisting with Dorothy's arrangements.

No services will be held at this time.

To leave an online condolence, please visit

Kevin J. Mack, Walter C. Taylor, and Douglas M. Stone, Funeral Directors.

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