Loving Wife, Mother, Grammie
Dorothy “Dot” M. (Blenkhorn) Condry, of Hudson, MA, passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus on March 20, 2022, with her loving husband, John “Jack” W. Condry Jr., by her side, aged 90 years.
She was born in Clinton, MA, on June 8, 1931, the daughter of the late Freeman and Florence (Richardson) Blenkhorn. Arriving early and weighing in at barely three pounds, she was the first newborn to be saved by Clinton Hospital’s brand-new infant incubator unit. She graduated from Hudson High School with the Class of 1950.
Growing up, Dot enjoyed horseback riding, swimming, playing guitar, and singalongs with her cousin Pauline and family while summering in Barre, MA. She loved to play the piano, and dreamed of attending the conservatory of music to become a concert pianist. While that proved unaffordable, she took lessons with Professor Alfred N. Yesue, and became a talented player.
In 1952, Dot took a job at the A&P grocery store in Marlboro. Almost immediately, she took notice of a shy, handsome coworker. While Jack was mustering the courage to ask Dot for a date, she surprised him by making the first move. “Would you like to go to the drive-in with me?” she asked. Jack couldn’t say yes fast enough. Together ever since, they celebrated 67 wonderful years of marriage on January 9th.
Dot worked part-time at various retail stores while raising their three children, who kept her hopping! She made sure they participated in all the activities they enjoyed, including baseball, baton, band, and cheerleading, and was always there to root them on. As a doting Grammie, she loved to spend time with her cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren, attending many of their sporting events, recitals, graduations, and family celebrations – camera in hand!
One of her favorite jobs was managing the Photo Department at the former Rich’s Department Store, where she “developed” a love of photography. A master at capturing memories, she created hundreds of lovingly crafted photo albums for family and friends to treasure for years to come.
Dot scooped ice cream at the popular Filmore’s ice cream stand, and played catcher for the Hudson Women’s Softball League. The family often vacationed on Cape Cod in Falmouth at “Castle in the Clouds” on Sippewissett Beach. They fell in love with the area and eventually moved to Maravista Avenue, where Dot and Jack enjoyed many happy years. They hosted summer cookouts after every Falmouth Road Race where all were welcome.
She was a diehard Red Sox fan whose all-time favorite player, was, well, all of them! She loved to play every type of game imaginable. Whether cards, marbles, Scrabble, Aggravation, Yahtzee, or Mexican Train, you were in for a challenge, and she rarely lost. Dot enjoyed building puzzles, especially when others joined in, and created many masterpieces. She loved to knit and crochet, making dozens of blankets for family and friends. Dot was also the queen of Word Search, and played right up to her final days.
During retirement, Dot and Jack lived in Cocoa Beach and later, Melbourne, FL. Always active in their Florida communities, they enjoyed playing Bunco and attending shows at the Playhouse. They returned to their hometown of Hudson in 2019. Dot’s faith in God was boundless, and never more evident than during her son Bobby’s illness and passing, just three years ago.
Whether a warmly written note, a specially selected birthday card, or a batch of freshly printed photos mailed to your door, Dot never missed an opportunity to make sure you felt special and loved. As her yearbook reads, she was “Small but peppy…happy-go-lucky and carefree…witty and well liked, and sure to succeed”. Dot’s passion for life will always remind us that hope springs eternal, and the best is yet to come.
The family would like to thank her devoted aides, Helen and Jeffrey, and the staff and nurses of Faith and Family Hospice, and the Artisan at Hudson, for the loving care they gave Dot during her final months.
In addition to her husband Jack, she is survived by a daughter, Linda Bowen and her husband Thomas, a son, William Condry and his wife Martha, three granddaughters, Rachel Condry, Sara Bowen, and Eliza Condry, two grandsons, David Condry, and Ethan Condry and his wife Cherie, seven great-grandchildren, Landon, Nolan, Melody, Ava, Brandon, Connor, and Windsor, and many nieces and nephews. She also leaves a daughter-in-law, Helen (Raboin) Condry, two brothers-in-law, Harry Pacific and his wife Margaret, and Raymond Condry and his wife Ginette, two sisters-in-law, Georgianna Condry, and Claire Condry, and many friends. She was the mother of the late Robert Condry.
Mrs. Condry’s Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Immaculate Conception Church in Marlborough, on Saturday, April 2, at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, friends who wish may make memorial donations in her name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or online at <a href=”https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html”>St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital</a>