Dorothy Therese Leavitt

December 22, 1926July 8, 2018

Dorothy Therese Leavitt, 91, of Dennis, MA died peacefully on Sunday, July 8, 2018 at Wingate at Brewster Nursing Home. She was the beloved wife of 67 years to the late James Paul Leavitt.

She was born in Medford, MA on December 22, 1926 to her late parents Daniel and Helen (Hurley) Cronin and grew up in Lexington. Dorothy enrolled in the Cadet Nursing Program during WWII and was a graduate of Cambridge City School of Nursing in 1945. She was a Registered Nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital and later worked in nursing homes. When Dorothy married in 1951, she became a homemaker. In 1997 she moved to the Cape with her husband and they settled in Dennis.

Dorothy was a parishioner of Our Lady of the Cape in Brewster. She was an active member in her church, participated in the Ladies Guild and volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul. Dorothy was also a reading tutor for the Ezra Baker School in Dennis and had a passion for gardening

Dorothy is survived by and will be deeply missed by her children William Leavitt and wife Jean of Stoneham; Mary Petersen and husband Richard of Greenfield; Susan Schneider and husband Bruce of Brewster and daughter-in-law Holly Leavitt of Tewksbury. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her son James Leavitt.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Our Lady of the Cape Church located at 468 Stony Brook Rd in Brewster, MA. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. followed by burial at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne where Dorothy will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband James at 1:15 p.m.

The family would like to thank the staff of Wingate at Brewster and Beacon Hospice for the exceptional care provided to their mother. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Beacon Hospice, 68 Center St., Hyannis, MA 02601.

Online Condolences can be made to Services are under the direction of Doane, Beal, & Ames in South Dennis, MA.


  • Visitation Wednesday, August 1, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, August 1, 2018
  • Burial Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Dorothy Therese Leavitt

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Joseph Gilbert

July 23, 2018

To Billy , Susan & Marybeth I’m very sorry for your loss. I will always remember the great conversations I had with your mom & the great advice your mother would give me. SHE WAS THE BEST

Holly Leavitt

July 13, 2018

Dearest Dotty, I cherished your sweet kindness and sense of humor. You will always be in my heart.

Mary Leavitt-Petersen

July 11, 2018

Dear Mom, You have to know how much you were loved and how you were missed these passed years! You walked as an angel on earth and will be given wings as an angel in heaven, as you treated all with kindness, respect and humanity!!! You left so silently as you ran our home, silent but with love!! I will miss you and you will always be in my thoughts and I will try to walk the same path as you!! I love you!!!💕

Susan Schneider

July 10, 2018

My most precious mother, it was a blessing and an honor to care for you and to be with you through your long journey home. You so often spoke of your own mother, father, son and husband and I know you are joyfully reunited. I will miss you, my sweet friend, until we meet again. God bless. Susan