Dorothy "Dottie" Ann (Vespa) Wilkes

October 20, 1939 ~ October 12, 2019 (age 79)

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Dorothy "Dottie" Ann Wilkes (Vespa), of East Boston passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on October 12th at the age of 79.

Dottie was born in Boston on October 20, 1939 to Angelo and Eve (Forlizzi) Vespa.

She was the beloved wife of over 63 years of Frederick Wilkes.

Devoted mother of Frederick "Ricky" Wilkes and his wife Theresa of New York, Denis Wilkes of East Boston, Mark Wilkes of East Boston and Jacqueline "Jackie" Wilkes of East Boston.

Dear sister of Gloria Vespa of Revere and the late Mary Shields and Joanne Stoico.

Cherished grandmother of Ricky, Derek, Shawn, Amanda, Andrew and Nichole. 

Adored great-grandmother of 6 great-grandchildren.

Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Dottie's life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home 971 Saratoga St., East Boston on Wednesday October 16th from 4:00PM to 8:00PM and again on Thursday morning at 8:30AM before leaving in funeral procession to Sacred Heart Church, Brooks St., East Boston for a 10:00AM funeral mass in celebration of Dottie's life. Services will conclude with Dottie being laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery.

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October 16, 2019

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ruggiero Family Memorial Home
971 Saratoga Street
East Boston, MA 02128

Funeral Service
October 17, 2019

8:30 AM
Ruggiero Family Memorial Home
971 Saratoga Street
East Boston, MA 02128

Funeral Mass
October 17, 2019

10:00 AM
Sacred Heart Church
45 Brooks St.
East Boston, MA 02128

October 17, 2019

11:15 AM
Woodlawn Cemetery
302 Elm St.
Everett, MA 02149

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