Dorothy Santangelo

April 6, 1931April 2, 2021

Uncasville, CT - Dorothy Louise Santangelo, age 89, passed away surrounded by family on April 2, 2021. She was born in Springfield, Mass. on April 6, 1931 to the late Marshall and Madeline (Holland) Short. She was predeceased by her loving husband James J. Santangelo Jr. Dorothy, better known as “Gram” for the last 40 years, was one of the kindest most loving people that just adored being surrounded by family. She worked for the state of CT as a nurse’s aide for special need children for 20 years where she shared that love for caring for people. Her and her husband loved trips to casinos. She is survived by a daughter Sandra Goodwin of Taftville, a daughter Linda Cabral of Uncasville, four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. She also leaves behind a brother Donald Short, a brother Daniel Short and a sister Diane McClure. She is predeceased by a brother Douglas Short. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, April 6th, at 11:00 a.m. at Maplewood Cemetery in Norwich. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 20 Batterson Park Road, Farmington, CT 06032 ( Please visit to leave an online condolence for the Santangelo family.


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    Tuesday, April 6, 2021


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Sally Murray (Short)

April 4, 2021

I use to love to go to Auntie Dot's on Sundays in Gramp's car with my dad driving! Gramp had a big Oldsmobile. Dad had driven there too many times to count but Gram made sure she gave directions from the back! ha,ha We would all pile in as it seemed as big as a tank! There would be Gramp, Gram, Dad (Donald), Mum (Betty), my brother Billy and I. We'd arrive & you could pretty well smell Auntie Dot's spaghetti from the driveway! She made the best spaghetti!!! We'd all get a plate & visit in between mouthfuls. Like always the kids would sit at the kitchen table (kid's table) & the adults at the diningroom table. Some of my other Aunts, Uncles and cousins would be there as well. Those were some of the best days growing up. Being able to go down there enjoy her spaghetti and be with family. Auntie Dot always made you feel family. Auntie Dot you will be greatly missed. We love you oxox