Dorothy Anne Vanacore, 94, wife of the late Earnest J. Vanacore, passed away peacefully on August 10, 2010 at Miller Memorial Community after a long illness. She was born on March 6, 1916, a daughter of the late William and Mary Asher Ford. Dorothy was the beloved mother to her children; Diane Nichols of North Haven and Ronald Vanacore and his wife Linda of Hamden; grandchildren, Ronald Vanacore, Jr and his wife Alisa of Hamden, Michael Vanacore of Middletown, David Nichols and his wife Maura of Albany, NY, and Kevin Nichols of Hamden; great grandson, Logan Vanacore of Hamden; siblings, Marie Klek of New Haven, Jean Abramavitz of Milford, and John Ford of Florida. Besides her beloved husband, she is predeceased by her brother William Ford and her oldest and dearest friend, Hope Carpentieri Perfetto. Dorothy grew up in New Haven before moving to North Haven in 1954. She was a parishioner of St. Rita's Church for 56 years. Dorothy loved to travel and take trips with family or friends. She loved a good party, socializing, and laughing with friends. Most of all, Dorothy cherished time spent with her family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Rita's Church on Thursday, August 12th at 10:00 a.m. BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT. in care of arrangements. Contributions in Dorothy's memory can be sent to St. Rita's Church, 1620 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT 06518 or Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, 1579 Straits Turnpike, Middlebury, CT 06762.

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  1. Diane: I am so sorry for your loss. I can only imagine what mixed emotions you must be going through. To have your mom for 94 years! When my mom died, all I could think of was that I was now an orphan. Strange, I know, but I was so distraught. I hope your children and relatives and friends help you in this challenging time. Call me anytime. Love, Liz

  2. Dear Diane, I am so very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Know that you are both in my prayers. I can still picture her waiting while you changed from your choir robe. Love, Beth

  3. Diane: Our sympathy to you and your family – it is very difficult to lose your Mom and my prayers are with you. Love, Vivian and Jack

  4. Dear Ron and Diane, I am very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I have many very good memories of her over the years. When my parents were alive and living on Buell St., she would stop by to visit with them frequently, while she was on one of her daily brisk walks around the neighborhood. My thoughts, prayers and sympathies are with you both and your families. Respectfully, Your cousin John

  5. Dear Ron & Diane, We were sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Richard & Karen Acampora Palm Bay, FL

  6. Dianne – I have many fond memories of your mom. We shared a bus home everyday while she worked at Edw. Malley’s, and I was at the Yarn Emporium. We had many chats as we trudged up Wayland St. together, sometimes in the street when the snow was deep. Then, when we moved from Wayland St to Forest Hill, she was my neighbor. I am so sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Sandi Pavkov

  7. I would like to say it was a pleasure taking care of Dot at miller memorial. She will be greatly missed. And to her family my thoughts and prayers go out to you.

  8. Dear Diane, I am so very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Know that you are both in my prayers. I can still picture her waiting while you changed from your choir robe. Love, Beth

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