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Dolores A. (Rubino) Castellano, age 85, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 8, 2024, surrounded by her loved ones.
Born in Boston, on December 5, 1938, Dolores was the youngest of 9 children born to the late Mauro and Florence (Rubino) Rubino. She was the first and only one of her siblings to be born at a hospital. The family grew up in Jamaica Plain. After graduating from Jamaica Plain High School in 1956, Dolores accepted a bookkeeping position with the Garland Garment Factory in Brockton. It was there that she met her future husband “Big Joe.” She later worked as a bookkeeper at The Irving Levitt Meat Shipping Company in Boston.
Dolores married the love of her life, Joseph Castellano Jr. on November 6, 1965, at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Jamaica Plain. The pair made their married home in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston, where they would raise a family. Dolores took on the role of mother and home maker, ensuring that her young family was healthy and happy.
As her son grew older, Dolores returned to work outside the home, this time as a floral designer for Majestic Florist in West Roxbury. Dolores designed many bouquets, corsages, and sprays over the time she spent with the company, helping people share love, encouragement, and sympathy with her beautiful arrangements. It is here where she made friends with a young girl who neither knew would later become her daughter In law.
In 1990, Dolores became the on-site property manager for the Chestnut Village Condo Association in Chestnut Hill. For twenty-five years, Dolores managed all on site projects and problems. She was a friendly and familiar face to the many residents, some of whom she remained close with until her death. Dolores was a truly dedicated employee and was thrilled when an opportunity arose for her granddaughter Bethany to intern with her at the company prior to her retirement.
Dolores did not slow down in her retirement, as it simply gave her more time to enjoy the things she loved, mainly spending time with family. Dolores adored her family and was a doting grandmother. “Her Beth” and “Her Anth” were her world, and whether they were near or far, she always managed to stay very involved, supporting them and showing her love. Your night did not end until you received a "Good Night" text from “Nan.”
In her free time, Dolores enjoyed catching up on Boston sports. She was an avid fan who never missed watching a game and was proud of her Title Town and its victors. Dolores also enjoyed the days of old, placing bets on horse races and hoping her favorite steed would take first place. Dolores was also a lifelong, loyal Democrat and feminist, supporting her representatives and hoping to make the world a better place for everyone in it.
Beloved wife of the late Joseph "Big Joe" Castellano
Loving mother of Joseph A. Castellano, and his wife Vikki-Lynn, of Roslindale
Cherished grandmother Bethany Gina Castellano of Dorchester and Anthony Joseph Castellano of Milton, as well as her Grand Puppies, Jules & Jerry.
Sister of the late Jean Zaccardo, Angelina Violante, Virginia Lloyd, Mary Wildes, Bella Bruzzese, Rose Rubino, Thomas Rubino, and George Rubino.
Also survived by her nephew, Sunday Okojie, and his late wife Joanne Violante, of Malden.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend Dolores's visitation on Monday, February 12th, 2024, from 4:00 - 7:00 pm in the James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, 48 Common Street, Walpole. A Funeral Home Service will be held on Monday, February 12th, 2024, at 5:30 PM.
Interment will take place Tuesday, February 13th, 2024 at 11:30 AM at Saint Michael's Cemetery, 500 Canterbury Street, Roslindale, MA 02131. All are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Dolores's name may be made to All Sato Rescue at PMB 595, P.O. Box 194000, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00919-4000 or by visiting https://allsatorescue.org/