NEW BEDFORD — Dorothy "Dot" (Soares) Pragana, 84, of New Bedford passed away Monday, October 9, 2017 in St. Luke's Hospital after a long illness. She was the wife of the late Joseph Pragana, Sr.

Born in New Bedford, a daughter of the late Joseph and Maria (Furtado) Soares she was a lifelong area resident and a communicant of St. Joseph-St. Therese Church.

Dot graduated from New Bedford High School and later worked as a bookkeeper for New Bedford Gas & Electric Company. She was a completely devoted to her children.

Her family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Alden Court for the two years of compassion and care they provided to Dot.

She is survived by two sisters, Alice Costa of New Bedford and Izaura Pimental of Dartmouth; a sister-in-law, Mary Lou Soares of New Bedford; and several nieces and nephews. She was the mother of the late Joseph Pragana, Jr. and Brian Pragana and the sister of the late Edward P., Joseph, Jr., and Gilbert Soares, Mary Pimentel, and Linda Oliveira.

Her funeral will be Saturday October 14, 2017 at 8 am from the ROCK Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 am in St. Joseph-St. Therese Church, Acushnet Ave., New Bedford. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday 4-7 pm. For online tribute/directions