Dolores “Desi” Singer


It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we announce that Desi (Dolores Garbatsky) Singer, 89, died on June 7, 2018, her loving family at bedside.

Desi was married to Richard W. Singer for 54 years, until his death in 2004. Desi was born in and resided in New Bedford. She moved to North Dartmouth in 1956, until in 1978, Martha’s Vineyard became her home for many years. Wintering in Cape Coral, Fla., then Boynton Beach, Fla., before moving back to Massachusetts. She resided at the Atria Woodbriar Park in Falmouth until the time of her death.

Fondly known as Desi, she was the youngest child born to Abram and Lena (Halperin) Garbatsky on Feb. 26, 1929, and raised in New Bedford. She was sister of the late Esther Kaplan, Robert (Ruby) Garbatsky, and Beatrice Rechter.

A graduate of New Bedford High School, class of 1947, Desi enjoyed retail sales her entire life, and was an entrepreneur, enjoying and owning several businesses over the years, including SunShades on Martha’s Vineyard. A talented artist, Desi enjoyed many hobbies. Her creative edge was always surprising and beautifully expressed. Her arts and crafts were enjoyed by everyone, especially her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Desi never forgot her friends, many of them lifelong friendships. Scrabble, anyone? Desi was a keen competitor. Whether playing mahjong, board games, canasta, cards, or bridge, she was always a welcome guest at the table. She was a lover of antiques and collectibles, and attended many auctions. She, Dick, and their children enjoyed years of boating, fishing, and exploring the islands of Buzzards Bay and beyond. Desi was a lover of music, and played the banjo, piano, and the organ. Being lovers of music, both Desi and Dick were fabulous dancing partners.

Desi had a good sense of humor, and enjoyed having a great laugh. She had a beautiful smile. A woman with an adventurous spirit, she adored the beach, gardening, long walks, reading, travel, and family gatherings. Her volunteer work benefited many.

Desi’s zest for life will be remembered with a smile and with laughter, as she touched the hearts of so many people she met during her generous lifetime.

As a mom, she often gave kind advice to her children, whether solicited or not. She was known to send letters, informative articles of information, and coupons to all her children. She could be quoted as saying, “It doesn’t cost anything to window-shop,” and, “If you minded your own business, you would have a business to mind,” and other quoted, humorous ditties.

The family would like to acknowledge the Atria Woodbriar Park, Falmouth, nurses and staff for the amazing, loving, devoted, and attentive care given to Desi. Also Beacon Hospice, and its team of devoted care providers, who also cared for Desi as well as her family.

Desi and Dick raised their four children with that same sense of adventure, curiosity, and love. She was the beloved and caring mother of Miriam A. (Arthur) Cole, New Bedford, Janet Singer, Martha’s Vineyard, Lois A. (James) Ferreira, Vineyard Haven, and David M. (Jan) Singer, Columbus, Ohio. She was a thoughtful grandma of Lisa B. Foley, Ethan M. Cole, Elizabeth M. (Cole) Sirr, Jacob D. Ferreira, Katie L. (Ferreira) Forand, and Max and Sophie Singer. The arts and crafts she created for them with love and affection will be treasured. She was the cherished great-grandma of Avrah Foley, Cruz Ferreira, Emma Forand, and Dorothy Cole. Desi is survived by special nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. Everyone loved Aunt Desi.

Not only did Desi enjoy lifelong friendships, she is survived by her sister-in-law, Beverly (Singer) Zexter of New Bedford, to whom she was close, knowing each other for over 70 years.

Funeral arrangements are being made by Shalom Memorial Chapel, Cranston, R.I. Desi’s graveside service will be performed at Plainville Cemetery in New Bedford, officiated by Rabbi Raphael Kanter, on Sunday, June 10, 2018, at noon. Friends and family are invited to attend. Shiva, at the request of the family, will remain private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care, 359 Main St., Falmouth, MA 02540.

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