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Dorothy Margaret Muccino

February 26, 1927 ~ August 20, 2020

Dorothy Margaret Muccino, A.K.A Dottie Drapatin, Fow, Muccino, of Vero Beach, Florida passed away on August 20, 2020 with her family by her side at Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital, Vero Beach, Florida.

Dottie was born to the late Alex and Margaret (Ribar) Drapatin on February 26, 1927 in Waterbury, Connecticut.

At age 8, Dottie sang and tap danced on the radio station WATR the Children’s Hourm(she loved to sing and dance). She graduated from Wilby High School in 1944. Her jobs included Chase’s, United Cerebral Palsy Organization, Waterbury Vital Statistics and Connecticut Legal Services for 20 years as a Legal Secretary and on the support staff for eight attorneys. She loved her job helping people who couldn’t afford an attorney for civil matters. She was noted for her “special” eggplant parmesan, who she made for her family, special friends and the radio station WATR. She was known for sending cards for special people. She never missed an opportunity doing this for anyone she held close to her heart.

She was still a member of St. Michael’s Church and Lady’s Guild. She was a member of the Waterbury Police and Firefighter’s Retiree Association. She was very active with the Minor League baseball teams in Waterbury, Connecticut.

She was the wife of the late Albert Rocco Muccino, former Waterbury police officer. Her survivors are her daughter, Peggy Rivard and son-in-law Gary Rivard of Vero Beach, Florida who she lived with for many years. Granddaughter, Lori Ruffino Fasano and her husband Nick Fasano of Vero Beach, Florida; grandson, Tony Ruffino and his wife Samantha Ruffino of Bristol, Connecticut; daughter, Janette Nocera and son-in-law Raymond Nocera of North Carolina and their children, Mary, Raymond, Ricky and Tom Paquin and their families.

She was known as Nana Mama by her great-grandchildren who she loved very much; Nicholas Ruffino, Elizabeth Ruffino, Nico Fasano, Rachel Ruffino and Adrianna Fasano.

Several nieces and nephews and special cousin, Elizabeth Germinaro; enjoyed daily talks and her close friends, Diane Castelano, Rich Ruffino, Felix, Gloria, Mike and Kim Robinson and family and Dennis and Rose Moran and family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alex and Margaret Drapatin, sister, Martha Morrone and brother Robert Drapatin.

This obituary that my mom wrote herself was how she was to make this easier on me. I love you and miss you, “Mommy”.

All my love, Peggy



Nancy Rufgino

August 25, 2020, 7:51 pm

Peggy, Your Mom was an amazing woman, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She helped anyone that needed help and was available to everyone. Twenty years ago she welcomed me into her family with open arms and always asked about my extended family. I am so happy to have had her in my life. Rich and I will always remember all her wonderful stories she told. She loved you, Gary and all her family very much. She will leave a empty spot in all of our lives.
My deepest sympathies to you and Gary. Love, Nancy

Liz Drapatin

August 25, 2020, 11:17 pm

Rest in peace Aunt Dorothy. I will forever have a special place in my heart for you.

Lori Toussaint

August 26, 2020, 12:00 am

So sorry for your loss. May fun and endearing memories carry you through this difficult time.
Love Jon & Lori

Debra and Scott Taylor

September 2, 2020, 1:50 am

Peggy, I’m so sorry about your mom. We didn’t know what happened until not long ago. She cracked me up when she called me young girl. She was a feisty gal and I loved that. Since I called her mom, I’ll tell you mom was a special woman and will miss seeing her. God bless you, Gary and family.

Dian & Jon Bartholomew

September 12, 2020, 1:33 pm

Dearest Peggy, Gary and Family,
Our thoughts and love are with you… “Mom” was such a “special lady”.
May all your “beautiful memories” of her help to comfort you…
God needed another “angel”…
God Bless…
Jon and Bartholomew
and Family

John O'Brien (Jack)

September 12, 2020, 1:35 pm

So sorry to here of Dottie’s passing. She was always very nice to me and I enjoyed talking to her. She is now back with her husband, Al. May she rest in peace.

Elaine Paquin Pelletier

September 12, 2020, 1:51 pm

Peggy, So sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. She was a kind and thoughtful person. Whenever, we would see her at an event, she was so pleasant and inviting. She always sent copies of any photos she took, and, in fact, I have one on my nightstand.

richela renkun

September 28, 2020, 4:18 pm

Dear Peggy,
We are so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I will really miss her yearly Christmas cards. Hearing from her always made me smile. She was such a delightful and joyous person. I have many fond memories of her.
May beautiful memories of her smile, laughter, and bright spirit be with you always.
Richela Renkun Fusco, John Fusco & Mary Fusco (John’s Mom)

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