D'Esopo East Hartford Memorial Chapel

30 Carter Street, East Hartford, CT


Alma Virginia Doak

Passed away on May 18, 2020

Alma Virginia (Carini) Doak of East Hartford passed away peacefully at home May 18, 2020 with her family at her side. Born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, the daughter of George Amelio and Alma (Costa) Carini, she grew up in Chester, CT. She was a graduate of Chester High School and Hartford Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1948, and was a surgical nurse at Hartford Hospital. She married the late Albert W. Doak in 1954 and they made East Hartford home raising six children. As a mother, Alma made sure her children’s days included a weekly visit to the library, playtime in town parks, day trips and swim lessons. She loved the sparkle of sun on the ocean, the scent of piney woods, the bloom of roses in Elizabeth Park and lilacs in May. She was known for her smile, compassion and kindness which extended to all creatures, great and small. Her piccalilli was reputed to have curative powers and lemon meringue pies were a much-appreciated treat. Alma was a member of the 4-H Club, American Legion Auxiliary Post #97, East Hartford Exchangettes, PTO and PTAs and was a Cub Scout den mother. She was big fan of UConn basketball and found motivation in their play during her recent times of convalescence. She drew strength and inspiration from her faith and was a member of the North American Martyrs Parish, East Hartford.

Alma is survived by children William and Yolanda Doak, Grace and John Reilly, Patricia and Joseph Little, Carol Jones, Thomas and Patricia Doak, Rosemary and Kris Wuestefeld; the joy of 15 grandchildren and their families: Stephanie and Michael Micucci, Robert Reilly and Laura Daughtridge, Megan and Michael Cartman, Joseph Little and Carla Mancini, Katherine Little and Todd Greene, James Little, Brendan and Sarah Little, Tim Doak, Lauren Doak; Sam, Liza, Peter and Harry Jones; and Kira and Kayla Wuestefeld; as well as her delight in 7 precious great-grandchildren; cousins Geri, Frances Ann and Monsignor James Carini; nieces and nephews; classmates in the Hartford Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association and her alma mater, Chester High School; and her very dear friend Alice Sabo. In addition to her husband Al, she was predeceased by a grandson, Alex Doak, and a son-in-law, David Jones.

Funeral services will be private, conducted with safety imposed by the current health status. Her earthly remains will rest alongside her husband, Al, in veterans’ field at Silver Lane Cemetery. A celebration of Alma’s life will take place later. Donations in Alma’s name may go to the Protectors of Animals, 144 Main St., East Hartford, CT 06118. Arrangements are being handled by the D’Esopo-East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter St., East Hartford. To leave an on-line condolence to the family please visit www.desopoeh.com


  • Protectors of Animals


  • All Services Were Private


Alma Virginia Doak

have a memory or condolence to add?

Geri Carini-Garcia

May 22, 2020

I will miss Alma so much! It was great growing up together in Deep Hollow, Chester. We had so many good memories and friends, and then going to nursing school at Hartford Hospital. Loved her so much and so many good memories.

Mary Ingalls

May 22, 2020

To Bill and the entire Doak family...My sincerest condolences.
Such a beautiful tribute to a very special lady. Cherish those happy memories. She lives on in your hearts.

Jim & Honora Futtner

May 22, 2020

We send our condolences to Bill and Grace and all the family. The obituary was a beautiful tribute for a life well-lived.

Elizabeth Owens

May 21, 2020

I always remember the best house on the block for trick or treating was the Doaks! The biggest candy bars and the sweetest thoughts! Grace and Patty baby sat us. And we loved them!! I always loved Carol. Tommy and Rosemary were so close to Brendan and Donna. I send my deepest condolences.
Much love
Liz Owens Gildersleeve

Melody and Don Currey

May 21, 2020

Bill, Grace, and families,
We are saddened to hear of the loss of your mom. We know that this is a time of sorrow but also a time of celebration of her life. Helen Keller said “what we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” When you look in the mirror or at your family you see your mom. Embrace her gift of life. Be well. Melody and Don

Cynthia Zdanzukas

May 21, 2020

Dear Grace and family,

Please accept my sympathy for your loss. It is so difficult to lose a parent, but memories of good days together and a lifetime filled with love does help to lessen the grief.

Take care,

Cynthia Zdanzukas

Carmela Micucci

May 20, 2020

From the first day I met Grandma Doak I knew she was a very special lady. Her granddaughter Stephanie was marrying my son Michael so we were meeting the Doak family at Bill and Yolanda’s house. Feeling a little nervous, Grandma took me around and introduced me to each family member. One could see the way her family loved and admired her. I will never forget that and From that day on I grew to love her. My deepest and heartfelt sympathies to the entire Doak family and especially to Yolanda, Bill, Stephanie and Michael. Grandma Doak was loved by so many which is a strong testament to how special she was. RIP Grandma and God Bless You 💔💔💔


May 20, 2020


We send our VERY DEEPEST condolences for your loss.
Please know that we SO WELL remember what a dear, delightful, beautiful person she was. It was always such a delight to see her at out yearly school Reunion; SHE WILL BE SORELY MISSED!!!

Catherine Weber

May 20, 2020

Sending condolences to the whole family and sorry I was never lucky enough to have a piece of her lemon meringue pie.

Kathleen Leahy

May 19, 2020

Patty Little and entire family, I felt like I had met your Mom because of all the wonderful stories you shared with me on our many walks. May your memories help you find comfort in the difficult days ahead. Know that she's at peace now. You are a wonderful daughter, and a chip off the ole block! HUGS and peace to all 🙏 Kathy Leahy


Learn more about the Doak name