Dorothy Mistark

September 3, 1939 - August 19, 2020


Dorothy Ruth Mistark aka “Dottie” to her sister, “Misty” to her friends and coworkers, and “AD” to her nieces and nephews, was born September 3, 1939 and passed away peacefully on August 19, 2020. She is proceeded in death by her mother Ruth J Venn and father S James Mistark. Dorothy is survived by her sister Virginia Adams and brother in law Michael Adams, her nieces and nephews, Pat, Teri, Juli, Maureen and Ross. She also had 4 great nieces and 3 great nephews and three great-great nephews. Dorothy was born in Boston, MA.  She graduated from Clover Park High School in Tacoma, WA in 1957 and Springfield College in Worchester, MA in 1964 with a BA and Secretarial Certificate. In 1965 she accepted a position as a Physical Education (PE) teacher at Masacksic High School in Longmeadow, MA where she taught 2 years. In 1967 she was hired by the Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DODDS). Her first tour was 2 years teaching PE in Subic Bay, Philippines. She then moved on to Stuttgart, Germany for a year and then back to the Philippines. Dorothy also taught in England, Korea, and Okinawa, finally retiring after more than 30 years of teaching. She settled in Bourne, MA and was hired by Plymouth & Brockton Transit System in 1998 where she sold bus tickets at Logan Airport, as well as transit stations in Plymouth and Hyannis. Dorothy retired (again) in June 2017 after almost 20 years and relocated to Seattle, WA to be with family in October 2017. After shipping all her belongings to the west coast, she embarked on what she stated was her last big road trip, spending 6 weeks driving across the US visiting friends along the way.  Dorothy loved funny sayings on tee-shirts and collected them everywhere she went. She loved the Red Socks and the Patriots but rooted for the Seahawks, when they weren’t playing the Patriots. She was generous and loved buying and sending unique gifts to family and friends. She loved her Parliaments, Scotch and Water, lobster, Chinese food and Dominoes pizza with pepperoni, onions, and green peppers. Dorothy especially loved to travel, all over the world, and loved spending time in numerous time shares in different states. She loved the beaches at the Ocean Club and Ocean Shores and the fall colors in Connecticut, Vermont, and Boston. Dorothy enjoyed eating in restaurants (especially seafood!) and was a bargain hunter shopping for clothes, art, trinkets, souvenirs, post cards, holiday cards and decorations. She acquired a substantial Beanie Baby collection. She enjoyed slot machines at Casinos, Bingo and Scratch tickets. Most of all Dorothy loved sending and receiving mail and pictures to friends and family she kept in touch with all over the world. She saved every bit of mail she received. Our family is so very grateful for the care provided by the wonderful staff at Brannan Park Retirement and the amazing MultiCare Hospice team who ensured her comfort during her final days. Her soul is at peace.

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Laurie and Pat Adams
Laurie and Pat Adams
20 days ago

She was a wonderful person, and will be greatly missed. Always the life of the party wherever she went. Praying that she is at peace now.