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Doris M. Tomasi

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BENNINGTON -- Doris M. Tomasi, 91, a longtime resident of Bennington, died peacefully at home attended by her family on Nov. 1, 2005.

Doris was born in St. Johnsbury, Nov. 25, 1913. The daughter of the late Jean and Matilda (Decoteau) Beaulieu, she was raised and received her education in East Barre and Barre. In 1933 she moved to Burlington to live with her sister, Lorraine and husband Ted Brown. While in Burlington she took employment at the F.J. Preston Jewelry Store. In 1936 she moved to Bennington to live with her sister Leah and husband Jim Stevens and began work at Walker Miles Jewelry Store.

While in Bennington she became reacquainted with Dr. Francis C. Tomasi, also a resident of Barre, and on Nov. 5, 1938, they were married at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. Doris assisted her husband in his dental practice until his retirement. Dr. Tomasi passed away June 2002.

Doris was active in volunteer work at the former Bennington Catholic High School during its 10 year of existence and was a volunteer Gray Lady at the Red Cross Blood Bank and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. She was also a life member of Court St. Andrew, Catholic Daughters of America, a member of RSVP and AARP and, with her husband, delivered Meals On Wheels for a number of years.

She enjoyed knitting afghans and gardening and was an avid sports fan, especially of the Boston Red Sox and University of Notre Dame football. In earlier years she enjoyed ice skating but always her main interests was her family.

Survivors included five sons and three daughter-in-laws, Anthony J. Tomasi and Elizabeth Tomasi of Bennington, Dr. Timothy J. Tomasi of San Jose, Calif., James L. Tomasi, Honolulu, Hawaii, Thomas P. Tomasi and Diane Tomasi of Tallahassee, Fla., and Louis F. Tomasi, Ph.D., and Linda Tomasi of Columbus, Ga.; eight grandchildren, Mark Tomasi, Michael Tomasi and wife Linda, Laura and husband Dan Guillemette, Lisa Tomasi, Julia Tomasi, Rosanne Tomasi, Corinne Tomasi and Yolanda Tomasi; and four great-grandchildren, Kyle Bushee, Nathan Tomasi, Emily Tomasi and Kate Guillemette. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, James Stevens of Pittsfield, Mass.

Mrs. Tomasi was predeceased by her four sisters, Lorraine Brown and her husband Ted, Leah Stevens, Lillian Pellegrini and her husband Sam, Alice Bates and her husband Ed her brother Jean Beaulieu and his wife Marie.

The funeral will be held from the Mahar & Son Funeral Home at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, with a prayer and from Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church at 10 a.m. where the liturgy of Christian death and burial will be offered.

Interment will take place in the family lot in the Park Lawn Cemetery in Bennington. Friends may call at the Mahar and Son Funeral Home Thursday, Nov. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. when the family will be in attendance. All members of the Court St. Andrew Catholic Daughters are requested to meet at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home on Thursday at 5 p.m., to conduct services.

Contributions in memory of Mrs. Tomasi may be made to either Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Parish or the VNA/Hospice through the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 2, 2005
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