Agawam – It is with sad hearts and warm memories that we announce the passing of an amazing woman of great faith who brought joy, laughter and love to this world. Dorothy M. Plante, 88, went to join her beloved husband Ed on Monday, April 12, 2021 surrounded by her loving family. Dottie was born in Sutton, MA to the late Henry Minor and Rose (Vachon) Minor. While she may have been 88, her youthful energy, spirit, and smile drew people to her throughout her lifetime leaving behind many she regarded as family across several generations. As a cherished confidant, mentor, friend, adopted Mom and Mimi, there are many grieving with us on the loss of this great woman. She was a graduate of Sutton High School as well as a graduate of the nursing program at Worcester City Hospital.
In 1966, Ed and Dottie moved with their four children to Feeding Hills where they spent the rest of their lives. Dottie worked as a Registered Nurse at Springfield Hospital until she hung up her stethoscope to happily work as a full-time mom. Dottie was the neighborhood nurse for the many kids in the Ridgeview Drive neighborhood. Dottie also helped organize and raise funds for the town’s Anne Sullivan Memorial Statue as she related to her accomplished teaching skills. Her kindness is unparalleled and she was considered to be the best secret keeper around. Dottie was an incredibly proud Mimi to eight amazing grandchildren whom she called her “little treasures”. We often wondered how she could attend every event for each grandchild in different states but she always made it work.
Dottie was a fanatic crossword puzzle and loyal Final Jeopardy solver. Dottie was predeceased by her “trusty runner” husband of 60 years, Edward R. Plante and her first grandchild Evan Bard. She leaves her loving children Craig Plante and his wife, Michelle of Feeding Hills, Kathleen Plante of Springfield, John Plante and his wife Laura Spencer of Boston and Barbara Bard and her husband Todd of Feeding Hills. Mimi also leaves her remaining cherished grandchildren – Addison Plante, Spencer Plante, Leisl Bard, Kieran Summers, Reile Plante, Elijah Bard and Quinn Plante. Mimi was the second mother to many including her beloved niece, Susie Bates. Dottie leaves her loving brother Norman Minor of Old Orchard, Maine. She was predeceased by her siblings Henry, Thomas, Helen, Gladys, Weezie, Grace, John, Joe and Alice. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, April 18, 2021 from 2-6PM at the Colonial Forastiere Funeral Home, 985 Main St., Agawam. MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING ARE REQUIRED. PLEASE NO GATHERING DURING CALLING HOURS. Her funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday beginning 8:45AM at the funeral home, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10AM at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 47 Pine Street, West Springfield. Burial will be a private ceremony on Tuesday in the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dottie’s name may be directed to the EvvGirl Foundation, Inc., PO Box 466, Agawam, MA 01001 in honor of her granddaughter Evan. To leave an online condolence visit www.forastiere.com.
Our mom would want you to remember her with a smile, some laughter and spend your days spreading kindness.