Dorothy Napolitano

dorothy napolitano

August 5, 1933 ~ December 13, 2022

Born in: Port Orchard, WA
Resided in: Lilburn, GA

Dorothy (Dot) Jean Napolitano of Lilburn, GA age 89, died on Tuesday, December 13, 2022.

She was born August 5, 1933 in Port Orchard, WA to Maurice and Eulalia (Scott) Wallis.

Dorothy is predeceased by her former spouse Martin Napolitano Sr., their son Daniel Napolitano and survived by their children Cynthia Napolitano of SC, Martin R. Napolitano, Jr. of GA, Justin (Kristen) Napolitano of GA and Christopher Napolitano of GA.

Dear grandmother of Melissa McFeely-Parker, Vanessa Tuck, Shekera Myers, James “J.R.” Lewis; Anthony Napolitano; Ethan, Evan and Nicolas Napolitano.

Dorothy is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren.

Sister of Laurice Hanson, Bonnie David and the late Anita Gardenhire.

Dorothy graduated a year early from Bremerton High School in 1950 where she was a member of the Tumbling Team. Growing up near a naval base; her father told her not to date sailors… so at 18 years of age, she married one and moved to the Pittsburgh area. Now part of the large Napolitano-Pecorella family, she became very close with her sister in-law Dolores Indovina as they were similar in age and both busy raising children. Dorothy always considered Washington State home and in 1983 returned to the Seattle area to be near her parents and sisters. In 1989, she followed her children to the Atlanta area where she remained until her passing. Dorothy loved to travel and visited every US state including Alaska & Hawaii. As an empty nester, she enjoyed many memorable road trips with her Mother Eulalia, sister & brother in-law Bonnie and Dale David as well as other trips with family and friends.

Dorothy was a retired Bankruptcy Specialist and Manager for the Internal Revenue Service in Atlanta. In 1993 she was the proud recipient of the “Mary Tucker Award” for exemplary service. Dorothy enjoyed crocheting Afghans for family and friends and was an AVID decodequote puzzle solver. She was passionate about family gatherings and enjoyed making Italian dishes. She was a deeply spiritual person who studied the bible and attended the Lawrenceville Church of Christ in Lawrenceville, GA. She was content, generous and selfless, always looking for ways to help or encourage others. She leaves behind numerous friends and loved ones who will miss her dearly.

Friends are welcome to join in celebrating her life in the community room at Gwinnett Christian Terrace, 414 Berkmar Way, Lilburn, GA on Saturday, January 7th from 11:30am – 1:30pm.

If you’d like to sign her guestbook or share your thoughts, please visit her online obituary at:

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to “Hospice without Borders” or to the charity of one’s choice.


Celebration of Life: January 7, 2023 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Room: Community Room

Gwinnett Christian Terrace
414 Berkmar Way
Lilburn, GA 30047

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  1. The hole she left in my heart will remain until we meet again. She “ran” the race and if you knew her you would know she ALWAYS had to be first. Every morning I waited for her response of receiving the Decoda quotes I sent her with a “solved”. Sharing her life and struggles was my pleasure. God knew she had endured enough.

  2. CandleImageGood-bye for now, Mother. I can’t imagine the joy you now must be feeling to be finally reunited with your son. You will be sorely missed by us all.

  3. CandleImageGrandma, your pain is gone and you are now walking on streets of gold. You will be so missed, but I am also rejoicing that you have finally made it to your true home. Until we see each other again, I love you.

  4. CandleImageGod has brought home a true Angel what a wonderful lady so many great memories with her my love and prayers for her and her family

  5. CandleImageI will always remember Aunt Dots wonderful laugh, her strong spirit, and her kindness. Love and prayers for the family.

  6. CandleImageJustin and Family,

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. May the sweet memories you have of her stay close in your heart until you see her again in heaven.

    Psalm 116:5 “ Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.”

  7. CandleImageYou have been the absolute best grandmother I could have asked for. You have always been there for me. You are going to be so missed by everybody. Rest in heaven grandma until I see you again. ❤️

  8. Could she protect from heaven Justine and all her relatives with love.
    Rest In Peace we will pray for you.
    Emanuela Tersch

  9. CandleImageDot was a very close friend and I will miss her. She had a way about her that can never be replaced here at GCT where she lived. We played hand and foot canasta all the time and we could never beat here. We will play again in heaven my wonderful friend. I miss you so much

  10. Our condolences to Dot’s family. May you always keep the good memories of her in your minds and hearts.
    Mary and I will remember her always. May she rest in peace.
    Mary and Gene

  11. Justin and Jacquelyn Napolitano
    We will miss you. I was Happy that I got to talk to you at Thanksgiving.

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