Dorothy Ann Scotto passed away peacefully on November 22, 2021 surrounded by her loving children. Born in Shirley, Massachusetts, Dorothy moved to Ft. Pierce with her siblings and parents “Ma and Pa” at age 3 in 1924. She attended and graduated from St. Anastasia Catholic School where she was one of five students in the senior class. The call to enter nursing school led her to the big city of Jacksonville, Florida and upon her graduation she was employed as a Registered Nurse at Ft. Pierce Memorial Hospital. Her life direction quickly changed from nursing to caring for a husband and raising four children when she married the man of her dreams, Arnold Scotto.
Dorothy never waivered from her life’s purpose of family, faith and service. In 1993, when her husband Arnold passed away, she followed these core values and created a new path in which she lived out her faith, tended to her family and served her community. Hospice, the Manatee Center, and the St. Anastasia Thrift Store were familiar with her meaningful contributions to these organizations until age 99 when Covid interrupted this volunteer routine. Dorothy was a talented and meticulous seamstress, she loved to dance, enjoyed her weekly Bridge game, frequently sewed Halloween outfits for her grandchildren and was enthralled by both her grandchildren and great grandchildren. However, her love for family did not stop with her own husband and children, she was well known for sending birthday and anniversary cards to all the nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews and continued to do so well into her nineties.
Survivors include her children Dominick (Pandora) Scotto of Fort Pierce, Mary (David) Heaton of Canada, Rachel (Bob) Garmon of Arizona, Liberta Scotto of Fort Pierce; grandchildren, Callista Bowes, David Scotto, Nicholas Scotto, Anna Maria Nilles, Marina Steeves, Lara Heaton, Taj Garmon, Sky Garmon, Alexandra Poolt, Melanie Wiles and Michael Poolt; great-grandchildren Penelope, Adelina, Ria, Avia, Dominick, Anastasia, Theodore, Silva, Winter, Forrest, Bodhi, Nyal, Jackson, Gabriel, Asher, Rosemary; sister, Laura Cameron and brother, Robert Clemenzi, and a multitiude of nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Dorothy is preceded in death by husband Arnold Scotto; brother, Edmond Clemenzi, sister, Marie Yanaros, and great grandchildren Nicholas Scotto, Jr. and Sheridan Wiles.
Memorial Contributions may be made in her memory to St. Anastasia Catholic School,
, John Carroll High School,
, Treasure Coast Hospice,
, or Vitas Healthcare,
A visitation will be held on Friday, December 3rd from 4-6 PM with a wake service at 5:30 PM at Haisley Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, December 4th at 9:30 AM at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church with entombment to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Arrangements have been entrusted to Haisley Funeral & Cremation Service. An online guest book may be signed at