Dolores Ciano – Shelburne

Dolores Ciano died Tuesday, May 21 at the age of 65.  Her death was sudden and occurred at Fletcher Allen Health Care.  At the end, she was surrounded with love by her partner, Susan Stock, and her four children Rhiannon, Siobhan, Glenys, and Morrigan Neela-Stock. For the past 15 years she and her family lived in Shelburne. She moved to Vermont from a hectic life in New Jersey. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. Dolores had a wonderful and often wicked sense of humor that could find pleasure in almost anything. This was paired with a deep intolerance for fools and those who slighted her family in any way.  She was a raconteur, regaling friends and family with stories of her youth, including her venture with her brother onto the Brooklyn piers at age 12 to watch the wrath of hurricane Donna (it did not end well), innumerable exploits during her teenage years smuggling friends into the beach clubs in New York (think 1960 Olds with a large trunk), and her exploits taking still photographs of an odd cult in Los Angeles – who later emerged as the infamous Manson family (she met them post murders and pre-arrest). In her youth, Dolores was an active biker, hiker, and primitive camper. She told stories of white-knuckled rafting rides. She loved making films and writing plays. There are boxes in the basement filled with the result of this creative energy.  In her late 20s, she traveled to Maine to film Bernice Abbott, the photographer–staying at the Bernice’s farm and dodging local moose while filming. While there, she rescued some rejected prints from Bernice’s scrap table, later hanging them in her home.   Dolores was an avid reader and crossword puzzle enthusiast and played a mean game of Scrabble. She purchased almost every game known to man and decorated her home with the game boards. She placed photographs of her family throughout her home and enjoyed reminiscing about each picture. She loved to cook and filled her home with homemade Italian delicacies. Her baked ziti and Christmas Eve seven fish sauce (well, five actually) will remain unduplicated. She created a book for her children that catalogues her family–and more recently acquired–recipes and leaves behind innumerable sauce pans, casseroles, and kitchen gadgets. She was an animal lover who adopted all of her pets and gave them each a long and rewarding life.  Her children gave her the most pleasure of all. Dolores watched them grow and was immensely proud of each of them. She fully molded those four lives into lovely and caring young women. Dolores is survived by Susan, her four daughters, her cousins Jennifer, Roxane, and Fran DeFillipo who were surrogate sisters, the many cousins, second-cousins, aunts, and uncles that are the blessing of a large Italian family, and friends near and far. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Shelburne on Saturday, June 8 at 2 pm. The family requests that friends suppress the urge to send flowers and instead donate to Burlington Meals on Wheels or to the Chittenden County Humane Society.

2 thoughts on “Dolores Ciano – Shelburne

  1. The passing of my cousin Dolores has taken a part me that will accompany her on the next part of her journey. I was blessed and honored to have Dolores as my cousin and my friend. She always made me feel safe and protected; as though nothing or no one could ever hurt me or my family. My beautiful memories of all the holidays we spent together, the road trips, sleep overs and the times we laughed until we cried will always remain in my heart. I loved her dearly and will miss her always.

    Jennifer DeFillipo
    Staten Island, New York

  2. I love you Morgan, so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family! Let me know if you need anything!

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