Dolores L. Altavilla, 91, of Northborough


Dolores L. AltavillaNorthborough – Dolores L. Altavilla of Northborough, formerly of Franklin, North Grafton, and Mattapoisett, passed away at the Marlborough Regional Medical Center on Saturday, May 6, 2022. She was 91 years old. Dolores was one of four children of the late Frank and Joan (Cirolo) Altavilla.

Dolores was the beloved mother of Garrett Sullivan and his wife Cheryl of Venice CA, Gregory Sullivan and his wife Gina of Rumford, ME, and Christopher Sullivan of Northborough. Dolores also leaves her six grandchildren whom she loved dearly, Christopher, Cai, Casey, Miles, Garrett and Amanda. She was looking forward to meeting her great-grandchildren, Marilyn, Carter, and David shortly before passing away.

Dolores was preceded in death by her daughter Joan Sullivan in 2022, her former husbands Garrett Sullivan of Boston and Thomas Howard, her brothers Francis and Rafael, and her sister Josephine. Dolores will be greatly missed by her children, stepchildren, friends and neighbors, and her many beloved nieces and nephews. Her passing has left a very large hole in many hearts.

Dolores worked as a clerk for the Wrentham District Court in her earlier years. She would later be employed for many years as an office manager for the Pathfinder Fund. She had many interests, but especially looked forward to spending time planting and maintaining her many flower gardens, and watching the birds that visited them. She liked documenting her family life through photographs, and sharing them with everyone. Dolores also enjoyed playing card games and always seemed to be holding a winning hand in Whist or Hand and Foot. Most importantly, Dolores loved her children and grandchildren. They in turn will always remember her quick wit, the ability to host any gathering at a moment’s notice, and her loving, generous nature. Her home was always filled with laughter and love.

Dolores’ family extends an invitation to friends and family to stop by and visit with them at Hays Funeral Home, 56 Main Street, Northborough on Sunday, May 22, 2022, between the hours of 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.

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