Dorothy's Story

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Dorothy (Holman) Glenn passed peacefully on October 20, 2016, at Seacoast Nursing Center in Gloucester. She was 97.
Dorothy was born in Malden, Massachusetts in 1918 and grew up in Melrose. She loved singing and acting and was known for her starring roles in high school operettas. After graduating from Melrose High in 1936, she went to Bishop-Lee School of Theatre in Boston and began a career as a commercial singer. She loved Big Band and jazz. When the U.S. entered World War II, Dorothy quickly joined the war effort by taking a job on the assembly line at General Electric and volunteering with the USO. Although she never returned to her singing career, music remained part of her life and every home she lived in was filled with music and the sound of her beautiful voice.
Dorothy married Bernard Glenn of Melrose in 1944 while he was on active duty in the U.S. Navy. They first lived in Harvard Square, Cambridge where they ran a printing shop, then settled in Lexington and had a typesetting business called Accurate Letter Service. Dorothy also worked as an editor for Mitre Corp.
Married for over 50 years, Dorothy and Bernard worked together, raised a daughter, traveled, and enjoyed many friends and a large extended family to whom they were known lovingly as “Aunt Dottie and Uncle Bernie.” They adored animals and always had pets, most memorable was Bosin, their beloved St. Bernard dog. Dorothy was skilled in all sorts of handwork including knitting, crochet and jewelry making and loved to knit sweaters for her family. She was also an avid sports fan who rooted hard for her Boston Bruins and Red Sox.
Dorothy and Bernard achieved a lifelong dream when they bought land and built a house on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. As their vacation home for 25 years, it was always open to friends and family. One of Dorothy's great joys in life was swimming and snorkeling on the coral reefs.
Dorothy and Bernard moved from Lexington to Gloucester in 1976. Dorothy belonged to the Christian Science Church on Rocky Neck where she was a reader and Sunday School teacher. When Bernard fell ill, she was his devoted caregiver for 10 years. In her later life, she lived with her daughter and granddaughter in the loving care of family.
Dorothy will be remembered as a kind, soft-hearted woman with great inner strength and integrity, someone people would turn to for wisdom and steadfast support. She was deeply spiritual and a positive thinker. She had an energetic, fun, joyful personality, a great sense of humor and she loved to tell stories, sing and laugh. Her love and devotion to her family can still be felt.
Dorothy was predeceased by her husband, Bernard Glenn; her sister, Mildred MacGarvey of Manchester, Vermont; and a close sister-in-law, Helena Glenn of Gloucester. She is survived by her daughter, Bonnie Glenn and granddaughter, Amy Petralia of Gloucester; and by three generations of beloved nieces and nephews.
There will be a service at Trinity Congregational Church, 70 Middle St., Gloucester on Saturday, December 3, at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cape Ann Animal Aid, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester 01930, www.capeannanimalaid.org or Friends of Seacoast, Seacoast Nursing Center, 292 Washington St., Gloucester 01930.
Published on  November 28, 2016
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