Family recalled her gift for laughter, and her love for Sunday dinners, walks through Boston, and days spent at the beach. Above all she adored her children, grandchildren, and her husband Tom McDermott, who died in May.
When they were children growing up in Dorchester, Mrs. McDermott’s younger brother Vincent called her ‘Rainey,’ which led to her being known by her middle name Lorraine throughout her life.
A leap year baby born on Feb. 29, 1940, Lorraine DiMauro was the first-born child of Sarah Cannizzaro and Anthony DiMauro. She graduated from Monsignor Ryan Memorial (M.R.M.) High School in 1957.
As a people person who loved making connections, she always remained close to her high school friends. Later she was the organizer of many class reunions.
After high school she attended the Chandler School for Women in Boston, where she attended secretarial and business classes. During a decades-long career in healthcare, she worked for Tobey Hospital in Wareham and the New England Medical Center in Boston.
An expert typist and medical transcriptionist, Lorraine was famous for her work ethic and considered irreplaceable by colleagues. She loved her job and was dedicated to the doctors she worked with and the patients for whom she always provided a gentle touch. Before she retired, she served as clinic coordinator for the Pratt Diagnostic Center at the NEMC.
She met her loving husband Thomas Francis McDermott at a dance at the Lenox Hotel in Boston. The couple fell in love and married at St. Mark’s Church in Dorchester Oct. 12, 1964.
Her family said her mom was known for “leaning in” to volunteer for myriad events and causes to benefit her children’s schools, her church, and the communities where she and her family lived.
She and Tom raised their children in Wareham, where she took a keen interest in helping to bring economic and land development to the town. A devout Catholic along with her husband, Lorraine helped raise funds for the creation of St. Patrick’s Hall, a building where CCD classes are held, at St. Patrick’s Church in Wareham.
They later moved the family to Braintree, which became their permanent residence where they were loyal parishioners at St. Francis of Assisi and were active in the Archbishop Williams community.
Her children and grandchildren recall her toy-filled home, her delicious stuffed mushrooms and French toast, and attending the countless hockey games where she cheered them on.
Lorraine was a creative resource who was always willing to help friends or family. She stored a treasure trove of recipes and articles in the “magazine room,” where she’d head whenever someone came to her with a problem that needed solving.
Although she struggled with Alzheimer’s Disease for the last decade of her life, her children said Lorraine’s brave and loving personality always shone through. They are grateful for the devoted care she received at Grove Manor in Braintree, where she lived with her husband until his death, and where she enjoyed listening to the music she loved and visiting with beloved family members.
Lorraine leaves three sons and daughters-in-law - Stephen and Margaret McDermott of Middleborough, Vincent and Patrice McDermott of Braintree, and Matthew and Jessica McDermott of Plymouth - and her daughter and son-in-law Camille and Leon Merian of Hingham.
She leaves ten grandchildren: Andrew and Nathan McDermott, Sarah and Myles McDermott, Nicole, Gianna and Luke Merian, and Owen, Colin and Sean McDermott. She leaves her loving brother Vincent and sister-in-law Lorraine DiMauro of Holbrook. She also leaves her sisters-in-law Maryanne Broadwater and Kathleen DiAngelis and brother-in-law Arthur DiAngelis, all of Falmouth.
A private Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Francis of Assisi Church, Braintree and burial will be private. Arrangements are under the care of the Cartwright-Venuti Funeral home of Braintree. To leave a sympathy message for the family, please visit www.cartwrightfuneral.com. The family welcomes donations to the Alzheimer’s Association in Lorraine’s memory: https://alz.org/
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