Dorothea R. Johnston

Dorothea R. Johnston

January 27th, 1923 November 14th, 2020

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Obituary for Dorothea R. Johnston (McDonald)

Johnston, Dorothea “Dot” (MacDonald), 97, of Cambridge passed away peacefully on November 14th 2020 surrounded by her family. She was born on January 27th, 1923 in Cambridge MA to the late John and Mary MacDonald.

Before retiring Dot spent many years as a case worker for the City of Cambridge elder services. She was an active member of the North Cambridge Senior Center and enjoyed many exciting excursions and playing Whist on Friday afternoons with the NCSC Community.

Dot was preceded in death by her devoted husband Harry (Andrew) Johnston, her son Kevin (Thomas) O’Neill, brother William MacDonald and her sisters Gertrude Walsh, Marie Stacy and Eleanor Carney. Dot is survived by her beloved sister Claire Blaisdell of Milford MA; her loving children Kathleen "Kathy" Pence of Indiana, Leonard “Chuck” Johnston of Cambridge, Deborah “Debbie” Delaney and husband John of Natick, and daughter-in-law Carol O’Neill of Brockton. Dot was a devoted grandmother to Christine, Amy, Sean, Shannon, Paul, Melissa and Katlyn; a cherished great-grandmother to her 10 great grandchildren; and an adored aunt to her many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation at the Keefe Funeral Home on Wednesday November 18th from 4-7 PM. All attendees are required to wear face coverings, practice social distancing, and pay their respects and kindly exit the funeral home. Due to COVID restrictions a private funeral mass and burial will be held on Thursday November 19th. For directions or to send a condolence, visit

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Keefe Funeral Home - Cambridge
    2175 Massachusetts Avenue
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    Wednesday, November 18th, 2020
    4:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Funeral Mass - PRIVATE

    Saint Peter Church
    100 Concord Avenue
    Cambridge, MA
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  • Interment

    MA National Cemetery
    Address Not Available

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Judy Mickle and Roberta, Nicole, Bill, Miriam, Aleks, and Srini have planted a memorial tree for Dorothea R. Johnston (McDonald).
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Jeanne hart

Our deepest sympathy for your loss. We have many fond memories of Dot. She was so kind, helpful and outgoing. It was a pleasure to be with her. She will be missed.
Comment | Posted at 10:04pm via Condolence

Stacy Sims

Auntie Dot,
You made the world a better place. Your love is endless. You'll be missed beyond measure.

Kathy, Chucky, Debbie, Christine & Amy thinking of you all and sending Prayers. Love, Stacy Sims

Comment | Posted at 10:46pm via Condolence

Judy Mickle

Kathy, Chucky, Debbie, I'm so sad to hear about your Mom. Aunt Dot was loved by all of us. She will never be forgotten.
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Roberta, Nicole, Bill, Miriam, Aleks, and Srini

Christine, We are deeply sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts during this time. We are here to support you in any way.
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Roberta, Nicole, Bill, Miriam, Aleks, and Srini planted a memorial tree for Dorothea R. Johnston
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Bobbiejo Murch

My Condolences to Claire, Ricky,Jimmy ,Scott ,BettyAnne and Don also the rest of the Blaisdell Family and Dot's Family and Friends
I'm sorry for your loss.
She will be missed
Bobbiejo Murch
and Daughter Brianna Murch

Comment | Posted at 04:30am via Condolence

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