Dorothy Lalli, 91, died July 11, 2009, at Candlewood Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center in New Milford. She was the widow of John Lalli Sr. of New Rochelle, N.Y., to whom she had been married for more than 40 years.

Mrs. Lalli was born March 28, 1918, in Virginia, Minn. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and cherished spending time with her family. She was a dedicated member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Sherman.

Mrs. Lalli loved to spend time with her family, gardening, crafting, reading and devoting time to her faith. She was the cornerstone of her family and spent much of her life not only being a cherished friend but also as a caregiver to her family and friends.

She touched the lives of many people with her unrelenting kindness, loving heart and welcoming smile.

Mrs. Lalli is survived by her five children, John Jr. of Eveleth, Minn., Dorothy "Susie" of New Milford, William of Hawthorne, N.Y., Michael of Virginia, Minn., and Peter of New Milford; eight grandchildren, John Lalli III of San Diego, Calif., Kelli Musial-Mohan of New Milford, Steven Lalli of Bemidji, Minn., Stephanie Clark of Duluth, Minn., Andrew and Matthew Lalli of New Milford, and Shannon and Ryan Lalli of Hawthorne, N.Y.; and seven great-grandchildren, Jaret, Gillian, Jacie, Josef, Tatum, Chad and Sarah; and countless other friends and family.

The Lillis Funeral Home of New Milford was in charge of arrangements.