OXFORD – Dorothy (Carrstedt) Ethier, 81, passed away on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, with her loving family by her side. She was predeceased by her husband Richard J. Ethier of Oxford who died in 2015. She is survived by three children, Gary J. Ethier and his wife Paula of Auburn, Michael R. Ethier of Oxford, and Deborah A. Willey and her husband Charles of Oxford; three grandchildren who she cherished beyond words, Nicholas E. Ethier of Uxbridge, Bryan R. Ethier of Worcester, and Cassandra M. Willey of Oxford; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. She was predeceased by four sisters, Claire Stohr, Christine Skamarak, Carolyn Tierney, and her twin Doris Carrstedt who died at 6 days of age.
Dottie was born in Worcester, daughter of the late Ragnar and Mary (Nevalsky) Carrstedt. She attended Worcester schools before she began work at Woodbury Press, where she would meet her future husband and the love of her life, Richard. They married in 1954 and started raising a family in Millbury. She was a proud homemaker for most of her life who enjoyed caring for her home and family for many years.
Dottie and Richard were able to retire before age 60 and spent many wonderful winters at their 2nd home in Hudson, FL, where they enjoyed trips to Disney, the Strawberry Festival, and flea markets. She especially loved hosting immediate and extended family and friends. Dottie was an accomplished cook and many of her legendary dishes were her own recipes that no one could duplicate. Sometimes we joked with her that she left something out when we asked for the recipe. She loved decorating for all the holidays, especially Christmas. Dorothy loved crafting, crocheting afghans, making hooked rugs, dancing with Richard, animals (especially birds), and baking.
With great pride and joy, Dottie and Richard loved attending their grandchildren’s sporting events and school activities. She was very proud of her Lithuanian and Swedish heritage. Dorothy was beautiful, kind, selfless, and compassionate. They would often tell each other, “I love you to the moon and back.”
The family would like to thank the staff at Care One in Millbury for their love, affection, and exceptional care provided to Dorothy. We will miss her dearly and she will be forever in our hearts.
A private service will be held at the columbarium at All Faiths Cemetery in Worcester. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452, in memory of her husband Richard. Paradis-Givner Funeral Home in Oxford is directing the arrangements.