With Wellesley seemingly becoming a more transient community (get the kids into the school system, move on once they’re out), it’s hard to imagine a time down the road where you will read many obituaries that include a line like this: “Daughter of Italian immigrants, Dora lived in the same Wellesley home her entire life…”
Dora (Dischino) Carter passed away on Nov. 18, surrounded by family, and services were held earlier this week. Her husband, Paul Carter, passed away in May.
The Wellesley native’s remembrance refers to past Wellesley businesses that many of us newer-comers wouldn’t otherwise know of. She ran a “hairdressing shop” called The Duet, and her father owned a restaurant in town called “Hole in the Wall” that the entire family worked at. Hard to envision a business called “Hole in the Wall” here today, or any of the salons in town being called a hairdressing shop.
The Carters continued to make their presence felt in town long after these businesses closed. Wellesley resident Julie Koeninger tells us that the Carters were the kind of neighbors you want, relaying stories about Paul picking up leaves and shoveling snow for newcomers, and Dora hosting kids, grandkids and great grandkids on Monday nights, baking up a storm along the way.
We pass along our condolences to family and friends.