Dorothy A. Maseda


Dorothy Ann (Combra) Maseda formerly of Vineyard Haven died peacefully in Windemere Nursing Home on August 26, 2013. She was 84.

Known to many as Dot, Dorothy was a lifelong Island resident, born in 1929, and the daughter of Joseph and Ruth Combra. She attended and graduated Oak Bluffs high school.

She worked as a dental assistant for many years before working the phones for her sister’s answering service. On September 11, 1950, she married the love of her life, Dominges Maseda, known by many as “Ming,” who predeceased her by several years. While starting a family and raising their kids Dorothy worked for Yates Drugstore and later Leslie’s Drugstore, where she was known and respected among the community.

In her youthful years she enjoyed going out to the clubs and dancing. Throughout her life she loved entertaining and spending time with her family. She loved bird watching and feeding the ducks that returned to her yard every spring. She collected everything from lighthouses and gnomes to newspapers and magazines.

She traveled to the Cape often for shopping sprees at Woolworth’s and kept the house decorated for Christmas all year long. People often said she had a good sense of humor, and they enjoyed her cooking. She found comfort in her cats, Cleo and Peaches, and satisfied her sweet tooth by hiding Reeses Peanut Butter cups in various locations throughout the house.

Dorothy is survived by her siblings, Charles Combra and his wife, Barbara (deceased), Warren Combra and his wife, Maxine, Patricia “Jane” Maseda and her husband, Antone, and Gladys Welch and her husband Neal (deceased). Survived also by her children Sandra Risdal and her husband, Raynold, the “twins” Preston Maseda and his wife, Lori, Belinda Maseda and Jesse Steere, Kevin Maseda and Michael Maseda. In addition she had seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren — Kirsten Risdal, Heather Risdal Perez and her husband, Antonio ,and their children, Kylie and Kira, Theressa Risdal, Kelley Risdal and Walter Tompkins, Stephanie Andrade and her husband, Timothy Rogers, and their children, Steven, Derek and Nicholas; Rachel Maseda Caldwell and her husband Travis and their children Rylen, Connor and Mason, Keith Maseda.

Dorothy was a peaceful soul with a warm heart and lots of strength. Many times she put aside her owns needs for others. She had a wonderful sense of humor and liked to laugh. She was unique in her home remedies which will never be forgotten…and many a chuckle. Dot offered her wisdom and frequent family history lessons, which will now live on in the younger generations. She was a friend, sibling, mother, grandmother, wife, and at times just a friendly acquaintance. The fond memory of her would be all she ever wanted. She was dearly loved by many, and in return that love will live on in everyone she touched. Dorothy will be remembered, missed, and loved forever by many. If there was anything she would truly want is for everyone to rejoice in her loss and have happy thoughts. Dorothy will live on in all she knew and loved; and for that she’s smiling down on us today.

On Friday, August 30, there will be a graveside service for all who would like to pay their respects at Oak Grove Cemetery in Vineyard Haven at 11am, followed by a celebration of her life at the P-A Club in Oak Bluffs. The P-A Club will be open to accept food after 9 am on Friday morning should you choose to bring a dish. All donations of food are appreciated but not necessary. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, PO Box 1748, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 or the Alzheimer’s Association (

Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs. Please visit for online guest book and information.