Dorothy A. Cutler

Cutler_Dorothy2Dorothy Ann (Abel) Cutler died, Friday, August 16, at Hebrew Senior Life in Roslindale, after a valiant battle with cancer. Continuing her lifelong pursuit of benevolence, she graciously donated her body to the Harvard Medical School. She was 82 years old.

Dorothy was born in Quincy to the late Alexander J. and Grace (Van Sickle) Abel. She grew up in Milton, graduated from Milton High School in 1949 and attained her Associate Degree from Quincy Junior College in 1981.

Dorothy worked as an accountant with Charles Collins in Boston, and later with Taylor, Ganson & Perrin in Boston, Haywood and Gray, and also Barbara O’Brien Miniatures in Weymouth. Her last position was working as an Elderly Equity Counselor with PSSB now currently known as ISS (Interfaith Social Services) in Quincy.

She was a long time member of East Congregational Church of Milton, being Treasurer of the church for 11 years, Chairman of both the Benevolence Committee and the Stewardship Committee. She served as the church historian and was past president of the Women’s Society. Dorothy was a proud member of the choir since she was 6 years old.

Dorothy was also active in the Milton Woman’s Club, serving as Treasurer and Chairman of the Finance Committee. At H.O.M.E., Inc.  she served  President for 2 years, and  as editor of the publication Clippings. She was the Past President and editor of the ISS publication ISSUES. Additionally, she was a member of the Milton Art Association, Braintree Art Association and the Canton Art Association. Dorothy was a talented member of the Codman English Hand Bell Ringers. Inc. She was a member and commitee chairman of the Town of Milton 350th Celebration Committee.

Dorothy married Jack H. Rosebrook of Cranberry Island, Maine, Sept. 6, 1949 aboard the Sunbeam II of the Maine Seacoast Mission. Together they had five children, Gil B. Rosebrook of Maine, Regina A. Gray of Colorado, Gail D. Null of Missouri, Monica L. Eaton of North Carolina and Doreen M. Borden of New Hampshire.  After a marriage of more than twenty years Dorothy and Jack divorced.  Dorothy married Richard E. Cutler in May of 1981.  They spent 25 years doing charitable and community work.  They also travelled extensively, managing to visit 49 out of the 50 United States.  Richard died in 2005. She was the sister of the late of Alexander J. Abel of Fairfield, CT. Also survived by 9 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren,

A Memorial service will be held at the East Congregational Church, 610 Adams St., Milton on Monday, August 19, at 2  o’clock.  Interment private.

In lieu of flowers donations in Dorothy’s honor may be sent to East Congregational Church Memorial Fund, 610 Adams St. Milton MA 02186, or to the charity of your choice.