Dorothy Catinello, of Centerbrook Rd., Hamden, beloved wife of the late Louis Catinello, passed away at home on November 19, 2009. She was born on November 13, 1914 in New Haven to the late Joseph and Lilla Balzano Galette. Dorothy is survived by her loving daugher, Anne Marie Murphy and her husband Robert of North Haven; devoted companion of 18 years, William Rossi of New Haven; cherished grandsons Christopher Murphy of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Thomas Murphy of North Haven; and dear brother Dominic Galette of Brooklyn, N.Y. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her dear sisters Mary Galette and Grace Marra. Dottie enjoyed taking walks in Wooster Square Park, relaxing on the beach and participating in the aerobics program at the Miller Memorial Library for many years. She will be missed for her love of life, people, singing and dancing, friendship, and most importantly, love for her family. Funeral from BEECHER AND BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden, on Monday, November 23, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Rita's Church, Hamden at 10 a.m.. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home on Sunday evening from 3-6 p.m. Contributions in her memory may be sent to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405 or to Shriner's Hospital for Children, Pediatric Burn Center, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.

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  1. Dottie was such a loving person. We so enjoyed her vibrant personality and kindness. Our love and prayers are with you at this time.

  2. Dottie, God Bless and keep you. We love you and will miss you. You were such a bright and lovely person! The brothers of Trumbull Lodge, Beverly, I all send our Love and condolences to Billy, and Your family

  3. Rarely do you encounter someone with as much exuberance and love of life as Dottie had; she will be truly missed. Our deepest condolences go out to Bill and to all of her family and friends.

  4. We have such wonderful memories of Dottie. She was so full of life and such a warm person. We will miss her dearly. Our sincere condolences to Uncle Bill and Dottie’s family. She spoke of you often and loved you all very much.

  5. Dear Anne and Family, I recently learned of the passing of your mother. I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincerest condolences. I will always remember Dottie with Bill at Cosey Beach. Sandy

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