Doris E. Freitas, 93, formerly of Hudson


Doris E. FreitasSept. 7, 1930 – Jan. 9, 2024

Berlin – Doris E. (Boutilier) Freitas, 93, of Berlin, MA, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 9, 2024. She was the beloved wife of the late George V. Freitas for 39 years. She was proud to be a descendant of the Mayflower, and a very patriotic lady.

Doris was born in 1930 in Concord, MA, to Aubrey C. Boutilier and Ella S. (Harlow) Boutilier. Born and raised in West Concord, MA, Doris moved to Hudson in 1948, where she resided for 60 years.  She relocated to Berlin, MA in 2008 to be closer to her daughter.

Doris leaves behind her daughter Laura (Freitas) Busky and husband Michael of Berlin, MA; her nieces and nephews, Linda (David) Frantz of KY, Suzy (Jeff) Conley of Pepperell, Buzzy Rizzitano of Billerica, Carol (Bruce) Morgan of ME, Ed Steinberg (Tish Keefe) of Maynard, Dan Teabo of Shirley, and many grand nieces and nephews.  She is predeceased by her husband George; parents Aubrey and Ella; her sisters Elinor Calef, Beatrice Whiting, and Thelma Steinberg; her nieces Roberta Steinberg, Mary Shuman, Donna DiMase and Ann Kelleway.  She is also predeceased by her very dear friends Gwendolyn Rich and Thelma Federman.

As a teenager, Doris worked as a server at Erikson’s Ice Cream Stand in Maynard, MA, where she met George, an avid ice cream fan. They married in 1948, and hands on built their house together, with help from George’s father.

When Laura was in middle school, Doris took a job as the cafeteria manager at the Carmela A. Farley Middle School in Hudson, MA, so she could earn money and still be close to her daughter. She later worked for the Town of Hudson Treasurer’s Office until she retired in 1993. In addition to her work pursuits, Doris was a volunteer for the Marlborough Hospital Auxiliary, as well as a board member for the Hudson Municipal Employees Federal Credit Union. Doris was a member of the First Federated Church in Hudson, MA.

Throughout life, Doris enjoyed knitting, sewing, whistling to the birds in her feeders, being in her home and garden, and caring for her dogs. In retirement, she enjoyed traveling to many destinations with her sister Thelma and friends. Her family was very special to her, and she cherished their summer pool parties at her home in Hudson, even though she didn’t swim!

The family would like to specially thank Georgette Coniglio and Beth McCabe, from Mature Caregivers, who were essential to keeping Doris in her home through her illness.

Calling hours for Doris will be held at 11am on Thursday, January 18, 2024, at Tighe Hamilton Regional Funeral Home, 50 Central Street, Hudson, MA. A Funeral Service will follow the visitation on Thursday, January 18, 2024, at Tighe Hamilton Regional Funeral Home at 12pm; followed by a procession to Forestvale Cemetery in Hudson, MA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Buddy Dog Humane Society (, 151 Boston Post Rd, Sudbury, MA 01776 ) or Nashoba Neighbors (, PO Box 123, Bolton MA  01740).


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