hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA

March 20, 2014

Dorothea J. 'Dotty' (Hallahan) Mullane, 74

HAVERHILL — Dorothea J. “Dotty” (Hallahan) Mullane, 74, died on Saturday, March 15, 2014, in the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, after a brave battle with lung cancer.

Born in Lynn on May 14, 1939, she was the daughter of the late William and Frances (Bourque) Hallahan. She resided in Beverly as a young girl, and was a graduate of Beverly High School. She had lived in Salem, N.H., for the last several years, and had previously resided in Groveland for 20 years.

Dotty was a Brownie leader in Groveland, and also volunteered as reading tutor at the Bagnall Elementary School. She relished the time she was able to travel over the years, but her favorite place to be was at the beach, especially Hampton Beach. She liked to keep herself occupied and enjoyed reading and doing puzzle books. She was also an avid animal lover.

She is survived by her three daughters, Theresa M. Sansevero and her husband, Stephen O., of Haverhill, Christine F. LaRuffa and her husband, Michael J., of Hershey, Pa., and Kathleen J. Gallison and her husband, Jeffrey W., of Windham, N.H.; three grandchildren, Alex J. and Kelly M. Noonan, both of Haverhill, and Jeff M. LaRuffa of Hershey; a sister-in-law, Hester Tabak of Huntington, Long Island, N.Y. She was also predeceased by her former husband and friend, John A. Mullane.

ARRANGEMENTS: A funeral service for Dottie will be held on Friday, in the Linnehan-Grondin Funeral Home, 129 Kenoza Avenue, Haverhill, at 7 p.m. Visiting hours will be held prior to the service from 4 to 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Interment will be privately held at the convenience of the family in May. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to the American Lung Association, 460 Totten Pond Road, Waltham, MA 02451, or to the Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack St., Bldg. 9. Lawrence, MA 01843. For more information and to send condolences, please visit www.linnehan-grondin.com.