Dorotea "Dora" Marini Lessard, departed peacefully on September 15th, 2020.
For the past 13 years, Dora consistently defied the medical odds in her battle with a highly aggressive cancer. Through the past six years it began spreading to every organ and required her to endure constant intensive chemotherapy, surgeries, and radiation. A true Warrior Queen, she continued to show up for her husband, daughter, mother and family.
Beloved daughter of the late Carmine Marini, Dora is survived by her devoted, loving husband Christopher Lessard, her sweet daughter Chiara, her strong mother Ilia and two brothers Peter and Joseph Marini, their wives Valerie and Ivani, her nieces Brenda, Jennifer, Stephanie, Patricia and nephew Robert.
Dora also leaves behind her parents in-law Leonard and Linda Lessard, sister-in-law Rene Lessard-Reiss, her wife Sarah, sister in-law Liesa Lessard, brother in-law John Feeney, and many other loving nieces, nephews, and cousins here and abroad.
Her legacy will live on as a loving, caring, elegant, and relentless spirit who always chose modesty, tact, grace, and love as her guiding principles to fulfill her role as a true matriarch: mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, and Warrior.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated for Dora on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 10:30AM in Our Lady Help of Christians Church, 573 Washington St, Newton. Burial is private.