Dorothy May “Dottie” (Wilson) D’Amato, 93, of Newton, NJ, passed away peacefully on December 19, 2022. She was born in Long Branch, NJ, and grew up in Keyport, NJ. She also lived in North Miami, FL; Forest Hills, Queens; Peekskill, NY; Newburgh, NY; Elberon, NJ; and Oceanport, NJ. Dottie was a cherished wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, cousin, aunt, and friend.
Dottie graduated from Keyport High School in 1946. A devoted member of the St. James Episcopal Church in Long Branch, NJ, she spent time volunteering at Sunday school and in the church thrift shop with her cousin and best friend, Dolly. In 1969, Dottie began working for Albert Sacco, a dentist in Little Silver, NJ. The two would work together for the next 41 years, until they both retired in 2010.
In 1950, Dottie met her husband, Bill, at St. James Episcopal Church, where she was a volunteer and he was organist and choirmaster. They were married in 1951 and enjoyed nearly 71 years of marriage before Bill passed away earlier this year. Dottie and Bill were each other’s best friends and loved traveling together across the United States, Canada, and England.
Dottie loved nothing more than being surrounded by family and doted on her four grandchildren and four great-granddaughters. She instilled in them a love of laughter, reading, and family, and shared her exceptional needlework skills when she taught her two granddaughters to cross stitch.
Dottie is survived by her daughter, Margaret Tanko (son-in-law Robert) of Woolwich, ME; her son, Christopher D’Amato (daughter-in-law Susan) of Blairstown, NJ; her grandchildren, Jennifer Eburg, Stephanie Wertz, Nicholas D’Amato, and Anthony D’Amato; her great-granddaughters, Harper Mae Eburg, Ella Wertz, Morgan D’Amato, and Dylan D’Amato; her nephews, John Quinn and Richard Fasano; and her niece, Carole Meeker. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William D’Amato; her parents, John Wilson and Dorothy Seaboldt; her sister, Joan Walter; and her cousins, Muriel “Dolly” Barnes and Edward Wilson.
Visitation will be held at the Damiano Funeral Home, 191 Franklin Avenue in Long Branch, on Monday, December 26 from 4 to 6 pm. A memorial mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 27 at 11 am at St. James Episcopal Church, 300 Broadway in Long Branch, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dottie’s memory to St. James Episcopal Church. The family invites you to leave a letter of condolence through the Tribute/Guestbook link above.
St. James Episcopal Church
300 Broadway, Long Branch NJ 07740