|Birth: ||Aug. 11, 1905|
|Death: ||Apr. 17, 2007|
Dorothy Louise Fabrégas was born to parents Joseph St. James Fabrégas and Harriet Galloway-Fabrégas on August 11, 1905 in Staten Island, New York with one sister, Marjorie Elena Fabrégas, born on August 10, 1907. They were the best of friends and nearly inseparable during their growing years.
She married her sweetheart in 1935, Archibald Bunting. They had one child, Anita Louise Bunting in 1939 and had a happy family together until Archie's untimely death due to illness in 1955. Dorothy wore her wedding ring until it was necessary to remove it in her late 80's due to an arthritic condition. True Love at its best.
Their daughter, Anita, married William Charles Bittrolff in 1961, a marriage that produced three daughters; Andrea Louise (1961), Coral Edna (1963) and Marilyn Elena (1964).
Dorothy moved to Louisiana in 1977 to be closer to her daughter and granddaughters who had moved away from Long Island in 1976. She said that she wanted her grandchildren to "know who their grandmother is" and that she just couldn't bear to be away from them for too long.
She's definitely a Patriot! Dorothy has been a member of the "Daughters of America" and a life long member of the Order of the Eastern Star with dual membership in Staten Island, New York and in Bastrop, Louisiana. She has always had a steadfast love for the United States of America.
Dorothy loved needlepoint. Many, many friends and family proudly display her needlework in their home to this day. She also loved music and opera. Years ago, she auditioned for the New York Metropolitan Opera and was one of a handful of finalists who "almost made it". Singing was her passion. Her entire life she has sung in the choir at church and throughout this country she is known for her angelic high-soprano voice during recitals, solo performances and cantatas. Her faith was very strong and guided her throughout her life.
The later years of her life have been spent in Cañon City, Colorado. She fell in love with the Rocky Mountains and found the trees irresistible to watch in the breeze, especially in the Fall. In 1998, she attended St. Thomas More Hospital's Elder camp which cemented her love of the Colorado wilderness. She was a strong-willed woman that gracefully endured through time and tragedy, losing her all of her peers and many friends and family members. She lost her beloved sister in early 2001 and with the World Trade Center tragedy later that same year; the stress took its toll on her health. Dorothy had a stroke that paralyzed her right side completely in late October 2001. She moved from the Florence Care Home to the Progressive Care Center in November 2001 where they lovingly cared for her until her move to The Pavilion at Villa Pueblo so that her granddaughter, Andrea, could see her every day. The nursing staff at PCC and at the Villa lovingly called her "grandma giggles" as she had an infectious laugh and smile.
Dorothy Louise Fabrégas-Bunting has one daughter, three granddaughters, three great-grandsons (Scott, William & Robert) and three great-granddaughters (Jennifer, Lisa & Kristal). She has been an inspiration to all on how to live life well. She's been a positive thinker with a great attitude on life and a strong faith in God that helped her get through the difficult times in her life.
I thank you, Grandma, for the wonderful inspiration you have been in my life and in the life of my husband and son during the last 10-years of your life. When I was a child, you taught me mathematics through the game of Scrabble. You showed me how to be a "proper lady" and instilled in me the love of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit through Sunday school teachings & your grace. Thank you so much, Grandma. I miss you and I'll love you always… until we meet again. Thank you Find-A-Grave for allowing others to view her final resting place.
Love always, Andrea Mauriello
Richmond County (Staten Island)
New York, USA
Created by: A. Mauriello
Record added: Dec 14, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23399139
Added: Mar. 18, 2013
Hi Grandma, I can't believe it's been a little over 5 years since I held your hand. I still think about you nearly every day, and I love you always. William has retired from the Marine Corps now, and is attending nursing school. Guess he's a chip off of t...(Read more)|
Added: May. 8, 2012
Missing you on this Thanksgiving holiday. I still see your beautiful smile in my mind. I miss you Grandma, yet I know you are right here in my heart. Thank you for keeping watch over my son as he works in the US Marine Corps all over the world. All my lov...(Read more)|
Added: Nov. 23, 2010
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