On March 12, 2020, at the age of 93, of Adelphi, MD. Dorothy was born in Washington, DC to her parents, Harry Theodore Burton and Dorothea Edna Eckstein Burton. After graduating from St. Patrick’s Academy, she worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She was a full time mom while her children were young. After her youngest child started school, she rejoined the workforce, working for the Maryland National Park and Planning Commission, Baskin-Robbins, and The Catholic University of America, retiring from CUA in 1995. She enjoyed gardening, baking, crocheting, sewing, cake decorating, and fitness classes. She also sang for several years with St. Jerome’s Music Ministry. She was a dedicated Washington Redskins Fan.
Dorothy was predeceased by her husbands, John Hagarty and Anthony Tontodonato, sister-in-law Victoria Thompson Burton, and son-in-law Stephen Wolf. She is survived by six children: Kathryn Caggiano (James), Leah Wolf, Deborah Eddy, Pamela, Anthony, and Richard Tontodonato (Amy); 13 grandchildren: Michelle Caggiano West (Norman), Lenore “Lori” Caggiano Schoolfield (Clarence), Nicholas Caggiano (Rayleen) and Peter Caggiano; Andrew and Daniel Wolf; Stephanie and Jessica Eddy; Philip Rust; Luke Tontodonato; Katie Tontodonato Mulder (Kevin), Matthew and Kevin Tontodonato; three great-grandchildren: Ashley West Ishizuka and Allison West; Kaitlyn Caggiano, and great-great-grandchildren, Kai and Emi Ishizuka. Dorothy is also survived by her sister, Joan Burton French (Thomas) and her brothers, Harry Burton (Victoria), William Burton (Frances), and Dennis Burton, and by many nieces, nephews and friends. Family and friends may call at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church, 5205 43rd Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20781, on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 from 10 a.m. until time of the Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to St. Jerome’s Catholic Church. The family is deeply grateful for the compassionate care provided over the past five plus years by the staff of Hillhaven Assisted Living and Holy Cross Hospice.
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