In memory of
Dorothy McLaughlin Ouellette
In memory of
Dorothy McLaughlin Ouellette
Dorothy (Springer) McLaughlin Ouellette, age 90, died peacefully on February 8, 2021 at Vitas Hospice in Rockledge, Florida. She was born on July 5, 1930 in Peoria, IL, to Dorothy A. (Hartung) and John F. Springer. Dotti leaves to cherish her memory and carry on her traditions, a daughter, Susan Montmeny (Robert) of Springfield, a son, Michael (Deborah) McLaughlin of Jupiter, FL, her brother Jack Springer of East Longmeadow, Mass, 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, a fifth to be born in May. She is also survived by Bud’s two daughters, Jane Dobbins and Susan McConagha. She also leaves her dearest friend, Linda Friedman, who helped her through life losses and participated in an immense number of shenanigans both on the Cape and in Florida. Dotti was also predeceased by her sister, Joanne Stewart. In 1937, following the death of her father, the family relocated to Springfield, MA with her mother, sister, and brother. Dotti, as she was known, was a 1948 graduate of Cathedral High School in Springfield. In 1951 she married William Albert McLaughlin, JR at Holy Name Church. After the birth of their third child, they bought a home and settled in 16 Acres, Springfield, Massachusetts. Dotti was a dedicated Girl Scout Troop leader of Troop 220 leading Brownies, Juniors and Cadette scouts at 16 Acres School. She led her scouts to know the value of giving back to the community by annual planting of flowers at the 16 Acres Library and visiting seniors at local nursing homes, leading Christmas Carols and bearing handmade crafts made by her scouts. In 1963, her scouts planted a flowering Dogwood tree at 16 Acres School as a thank you for hosting their troop for many years. More than 50 years have passed, and her Dogwood tree still blossoms beautifully every spring. For all the years that Dotti dedicated herself to her beloved girl scouts, she received a Pioneer Valley leader award from the Girl Scout organization. With the children married and off to college, Dotti and Bill moved to Brewster, Cape Cod. Always gifted with a green thumb, Dotti planted beautiful flower gardens that she arranged so something was always in bloom. The entirety of her yard was alive with color as hyacinths, crocus, daffodils, and tulips welcomed the spring. She and Bill volunteered on many spring weekends to help clean up the Brewster town beaches after winter storms had left their mark. Dotti loved to entertain family and friends and was a member of the Cape Cod Gourmet Society. Her gourmet meals were enjoyed at her dining room table that was beautifully set with her china and Waterford wine glasses. She loved Kendall Jackson chardonnay, but only in a glass full of ice. It was a family joke, that the ice displaced the wine, allowing her to have another glass. Dotti worked as a bookkeeper for Harney's Market and Covill Realty in Dennis, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She and Bill were members of the Cape Cod Civil War Round Table and loved to explore kettle ponds and estuaries in their canoe or drive their jeep out to North Beach in Chatham to find their own private paradise for the day. Most of all, she loved having her grandchildren visit, walking on the beach, and enjoying the beauty of Cape Cod sunsets. While living on the Cape she was a communicant of Saint Joan of Arc Church in Orleans. On January 1, 1999, their first child, Colleen Patricia Bartlett (Dwight) died suddenly from a recurrence of Hodgkin's Lymphoma, then in July 1999, after 48 years of marriage, Bill lost his 7 year battle with prostate cancer. On June 13, 2003, Dotti married Wallace (Bud) Ouellette. She was blessed to have found love for the second time in her life. They resided in Sebastian, FL during the winter and summered in the mountains of Murphy, North Carolina. At about the same time, they rescued a Yorkshire Terrier, appropriately named Murphy. They were able to travel extensively, including trips to San Francisco and a dream trip to Ireland. Dotti, immensely proud of her Irish ancestry, had the time of her life. She and Bud were married for ten years when he died on December 6, 2013. Her children and grandchildren will hold a celebration of her life on Cape Cod in early summer, when the trees are once again laden with leaves, when bird songs fill the air, and the flowers Dotti so loved are fragrant and in bloom. She will be buried with her beloved husband, Bill, at The Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, MA . Donations in her memory may be made to the Animal Rescue league of Boston. 3981 Main Street Brewster, MA or to Childrenshospital.org .
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In memory of
Dorothy McLaughlin Ouellette
Dorothy (Springer) McLaughlin Ouellette, age 90, died peacefully on February 8, 2021 at Vitas Hospice in Rockledge, Florida. She was born on July 5, 1930 in Peoria, IL, to Dorothy A. (Hartung) and John F. Springer. Dotti leaves to cherish her memory and carry on her traditions, a daughter, Susan Montmeny (Robert) of Springfield, a son, Michael (Deborah) McLaughlin of Jupiter, FL, her brother Jack Springer of East Longmeadow, Mass, 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, a fifth to be born in May. She is also survived by Bud’s two daughters, Jane Dobbins and Susan McConagha. She also leaves her dearest friend, Linda Friedman, who helped her through life losses and participated in an immense number of shenanigans both on the Cape and in Florida. Dotti was also predeceased by her sister, Joanne Stewart. In 1937, following the death of her father, the family relocated to Springfield, MA with her mother, sister, and brother. Dotti, as she was known, was a 1948 graduate of Cathedral High School in Springfield. In 1951 she married William Albert McLaughlin, JR at Holy Name Church. After the birth of their third child, they bought a home and settled in 16 Acres, Springfield, Massachusetts. Dotti was a dedicated Girl Scout Troop leader of Troop 220 leading Brownies, Juniors and Cadette scouts at 16 Acres School. She led her scouts to know the value of giving back to the community by annual planting of flowers at the 16 Acres Library and visiting seniors at local nursing homes, leading Christmas Carols and bearing handmade crafts made by her scouts. In 1963, her scouts planted a flowering Dogwood tree at 16 Acres School as a thank you for hosting their troop for many years. More than 50 years have passed, and her Dogwood tree still blossoms beautifully every spring. For all the years that Dotti dedicated herself to her beloved girl scouts, she received a Pioneer Valley leader award from the Girl Scout organization. With the children married and off to college, Dotti and Bill moved to Brewster, Cape Cod. Always gifted with a green thumb, Dotti planted beautiful flower gardens that she arranged so something was always in bloom. The entirety of her yard was alive with color as hyacinths, crocus, daffodils, and tulips welcomed the spring. She and Bill volunteered on many spring weekends to help clean up the Brewster town beaches after winter storms had left their mark. Dotti loved to entertain family and friends and was a member of the Cape Cod Gourmet Society. Her gourmet meals were enjoyed at her dining room table that was beautifully set with her china and Waterford wine glasses. She loved Kendall Jackson chardonnay, but only in a glass full of ice. It was a family joke, that the ice displaced the wine, allowing her to have another glass. Dotti worked as a bookkeeper for Harney's Market and Covill Realty in Dennis, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She and Bill were members of the Cape Cod Civil War Round Table and loved to explore kettle ponds and estuaries in their canoe or drive their jeep out to North Beach in Chatham to find their own private paradise for the day. Most of all, she loved having her grandchildren visit, walking on the beach, and enjoying the beauty of Cape Cod sunsets. While living on the Cape she was a communicant of Saint Joan of Arc Church in Orleans. On January 1, 1999, their first child, Colleen Patricia Bartlett (Dwight) died suddenly from a recurrence of Hodgkin's Lymphoma, then in July 1999, after 48 years of marriage, Bill lost his 7 year battle with prostate cancer. On June 13, 2003, Dotti married Wallace (Bud) Ouellette. She was blessed to have found love for the second time in her life. They resided in Sebastian, FL during the winter and summered in the mountains of Murphy, North Carolina. At about the same time, they rescued a Yorkshire Terrier, appropriately named Murphy. They were able to travel extensively, including trips to San Francisco and a dream trip to Ireland. Dotti, immensely proud of her Irish ancestry, had the time of her life. She and Bud were married for ten years when he died on December 6, 2013. Her children and grandchildren will hold a celebration of her life on Cape Cod in early summer, when the trees are once again laden with leaves, when bird songs fill the air, and the flowers Dotti so loved are fragrant and in bloom. She will be buried with her beloved husband, Bill, at The Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, MA . Donations in her memory may be made to the Animal Rescue league of Boston. 3981 Main Street Brewster, MA or to Childrenshospital.org .
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