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Dorothy was a loving Mother, Wife, Sister, Friend and Compassionate Nurse. She died peacefully surrounded by the love of her family after a battle with Dementia at the age of 83.
Dorothy was born on June 9th, 1940 to Peter and Agnes (Siler) Badaracco. Dorothy was the first of three children. She had two brothers David and Peter Badaracco. Dorothy grew up in Vallejo and went to St. Vincent Catholic School graduating in 1958.
She went on to nursing school at St. Mary’s Help in San Francisco, which started her 40 plus years in Nursing. Dorothy worked at many different hospitals over her long career and spent the majority of her career at Queen of the Valley Hospital, retiring in 2005 after 25 years of serving the Napa Community. She was described by her co-workers as being one of the best nurses they have had the honor to work with. Compassion and patience were her notable traits by her colleagues, in addition to her special talent of starting IV’s. Her skill set was requested often when in need.
She met the love of her life Gary Watson at a Hot dog stand in Vallejo. Gary told his Mom after meeting Dorothy that he just met the women he was going to marry. They married 2 years later on September 12th, 1964 at St. Vincent’s Catholic Church.
Dorothy and Gary had four daughters, Kristina, Debra, Staci, and Jennifer. The two of them took their girls on many road trips to National Parks, which were always the highlight of their summers.
Dorothy loved the Holiday’s and loved celebrating with family and friends. Her annual Christmas party became a notable event for all who attended. As the years continued, her Christmas décor expanded to include a very elaborate village scene for which she was most proud. The village became a season highlight to her grandchildren and guests at her parties.
Dorothy was a huge animal lover. She especially loved cats, but had a soft spot for all animals. Her cats Wesley and Miranda were very special to her and lived with her until she passed. Her cats adored her as well, especially Wesley who was very protective of her.
Dorothy was an active member of St. Apollinaris Catholic Church. During her retirement, Dorothy volunteered her time at the parish, assisting in the religious education program and guiding two of her grandchildren in the program on their path to receiving their First Holy Communion. She was also a member of the Women’s Guild for many years.
Everyone who knew Dorothy knew how much she loved music and dancing. When music was playing, she was dancing. Sometimes she would be the only one on the dance floor, being observed with love and affection by those around her. However, her spirit was so infectious that she would not remain solo on the dance floor for long. The onlookers were soon pulled into her dance party.
Dorothy will be most remembered for her compassion, her fun-loving personality, and a smile that would light up a room. Dorothy’s family and friends will miss her deeply, and her memory will live on in the hearts of all who knew her.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her loving husband of 25 years, Gary Watson, her brother, David Badaracco, and her parents, Peter and Agnes Badaracco.
Dorothy is survived by her brother, Peter Badaracco, her loving children, Kristina (Paul) Altamura, Debra (David) Haverstick, Staci (Bryan) Green, and Jennifer Watson. Her eight grandchildren, whom she adored, Maria Altamura, Paul Altamura, Sofia Altamura, Anya Haverstick, Max Haverstick, Taryn Mitchell, Karley Mitchell, and Grayden Hoaglund.
A Rosary service will be at Tulocay on October 23th at 4:00pm, and a Funeral Mass will be at St. Apollinaris Catholic Church on October 24th at 10am. A private burial will follow along with a private reception.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice Foundation Sonoma County and/or Napa Humane Society.