Dolores Jean (Mejorado) Spoto, 90, of Albrightsville, passed away Wednesday, November 15, 2023, in her home. She married the love of her life, Modesto “Marty” Spoto, on October 7, 1950, and they built their family and lives together for 46 years until his passing in 1996.
She was born in Philadelphia on June 26, 1933 to Mary Cordero and Aurelio Mejorado. She was famously intelligent, strong-willed, and trailblazing, graduating from business school at 16. She helped build and maintain family businesses while also serving as the anchor and emotional center of her family. She continued working up until the pandemic before retiring to Holiday Pocono to spend her final time with her daughter and nature.
She enjoyed being a member of various senior groups and took great delight in being an unstoppable advocate for the rights of the elderly. She always believed in the power of people to change their circumstances and lives for the better. And she was dedicated across her life to helping children in need – in Mexico from where her mother emigrated, locally, and all over the world. She was a magnetic woman of faith who was strong in her commitments but who always believed in the healing power of forgiveness and reconciliation.
She and her husband once read a story in National Geographic about the wreck of La Girona and the salvage of a ring bearing the inscription “No Tengo Mas Que Darte” (“I have nothing more to give thee”). She then commissioned a gold ring for Marty with the same Spanish saying, and they always repeated these words to each other, especially during difficult times. She lived her life in a giving way, and her spirit will continue to give to friends and family in the years to come as they honor her legacy.
She is survived by her children Salvatore “Sam” Spoto (and wife Janet), Mario Spoto, Maria (Spoto) Watts (and husband Donald), as well as nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; three brothers Albert, Henry, and Paul Cordero; and two sons Michael and Anthony Spoto.
Friends and relatives are invited to her viewing on Monday, November 20, 2023, from 11 a.m until 11:45, followed by her funeral service at noon, each at the J’Anjolell Memorial Home at 392 Lancaster Ave, Frazer, PA 19355. Interment will follow at Philadelphia Memorial Park.
Please send condolences and Mass cards to PO Box 506, Albrightsville, PA, 18201. In lieu of contributions, please consider financial assistance to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to any charity that improves the lives of children.