OBITUARY

Lorraine M. Casarella

June 17, 1928October 2, 2020

Lorraine (Boland) Casarella, 92, of Plantsville, passed away peacefully at Southington Care Center on October 2. Lorraine was born and grew up in Meriden and spent the last 70 years of her life in Plantsville. She was born on June 17, 1928 to the late William and Wilemina (Priebe) Boland. Lorraine was predeceased by her beloved husband of 56 years, Frank Casarella Sr.

A loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Lorraine will be tenderly missed by her 11 children, 14 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She leaves behind her sons: Frank Casarella Jr. and wife, Diane of Burlington, Ronald Casarella of Southington, Neil Casarella and wife, Cheri of Mooresville, NC, Bill Casarella and wife, Peggy of Southington, Michael Casarella of Plantsville, Paul Casarella and wife, Christine of Rocky Hill, Ken Casarella and wife, Kim of Plantsville, Robert Casarella and wife, Danielle of Southington, daughters: Gail Maringola and husband, Marcus of Lexington, SC, Lori Roccapriore and husband, Tom of Plantsville, Dawn Sterling and husband, Lance of Southington, grandchildren: Marcus Casarella and wife, Francine, Tara Morriss and husband, Gregg, Jordan Casarella and wife, Ashley, Nathan Casarella and wife, Ashley, Jessica Casarella, Marcus Maringola Jr. and wife, Kristin, Crystal Maringola, Eric Casarella and wife Marissa, Lauren Casarella, Sara Roccapriore, Connor Casarella, Raegan Casarella, Spencer Sterling, Skylar Sterling, and 11 great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her loving sister, Marge Carabetta and brother Thomas Boland, both of Meriden, her sister-in-law, Sara Casarella, her brothers in law, Vincent, Michael and Anthony Casarella. She also leaves behind her dear brother-in-law, Mario Casarella of Laurel, MD, and sister-in-law, Rita Casarella of Southington, who became a very dear friend to Lorraine. In addition, she is survived by many nieces and nephews. Lorraine was also predeceased by her best friend of 50 years, Mary Regis of Plantsville. She and Mary had a wonderful, story-filled tradition of having coffee and a snack together every Monday for decades.

Frank Sr. was the complete love of her life. They met when they were teenagers, married young and had a wonderful life together filled with love and happiness. Frank passed away 16 years ago.

Her family was the center of Lorraine’s universe. Her family was her career. Despite a lack of formal training, Lorraine was part nurse, part psychiatrist, part guidance counselor, part teacher, and part cheerleader to her children. Lorraine exuded LOVE and kindness. She was a low maintenance, unselfish person. She spent her life caring for others and she spread her love everywhere she went. She was a role model for love and compassion. A religious person all her life, Lorraine lived her life like a saint. She never had a bad thing to say about anyone, even if they deserved it! Her faith was extremely important to her. Despite her own maladies, she spent much of her life praying for others, she was a human praying machine. Lorraine was also a huge UCONN Huskies Women’s Basketball fan and enthusiastically watched every game that she could.

In her later years, Lorraine endured sickness, cancer, spinal surgery and one hospital visit after another. Lorraine never quit, never complained, dug down deep and fought ferociously to recover from one medical challenge after another.

Lorraine lived in the same house in Plantsville for 68 years. After raising 11 children, she finally got her driver’s license and began to work outside the home. She worked in the cafeteria at Wilcox and Goodwin Technical Schools doing what she did best, being like a mom to those kids who needed love and attention. She greeted every student with a warm smile. Appropriately, the students affectionately called her “Grandma”.

From your sons and daughters: This past week we lost the most beautiful, kind, person we will ever know in our lifetime…Mom! She had an abundance of patience raising her 11 children. She was always so calm and compassionate. There is nothing more that we value than the love she had for us. She is now at peace with Dad. We love you, Mom! We are “Casarella Strong!”

The Casarella family would like to extend their sincere gratitude and appreciation to Southington Care Center for the kindness, professional care, and love given to Lorraine. She spent the last three years of her life there and made many friends on the staff. The staff members were like family to Mom.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial donation in Lorraine’s name to the Nursing Support Fund at Southington Care Center, 45 Meriden Avenue, Southington, CT 06489. There will be no calling hours. The family will hold a private service followed by a celebration of Lorraine’s life at a later date. The DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Southington has been entrusted with the arrangements. To share memories or express condolences online, please visit www.dellavecchiasouthington.com

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Russell Berube

October 12, 2020

Ron; Jan and I would like to offer our condolences on the passing of "Mom". Over the past 50+ years, that is how we always referred to her in any conversation we had. Knowing how close you were to her would always lead to me asking about how she was getting along. To all of the Casarella children and their families, our prayers are with you at this difficult time. Knowing that she is now reunited with "Big Frank" forever will help to ease your loss.

Russell & Janice Berube

Robert Carbone

October 12, 2020

My sincerest sympathies to the entire Casarella Family. Your Mom was a terrific lady! Our 2 families shared a lot in common with the large number of kids growing up together on Parkview and mostly the faith and love our parents taught us. God Bless you all at this time.
Bob Carbone

Patti Steeves

October 11, 2020

Frank, Diane and family...we are so sorry for your mom's passing. She sounds like a wonderful mom and very lovely lady. Thinking of you! Patti and Scott

James Laviania

October 10, 2020

I know its been many years, but when I saw your Mom's obituary I had to send my condolences. She was a fine women and a saint Having raised eleven kids. Fank and Ronny went to school with me and my brother Dave from first grade thru High school. I'm so sorry about your Mom! My prayers are with you always.

Lorraine Chubet

October 10, 2020

So sorry to hear of your mothers passing, beautiful obituary in the paper for her. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.🙏🙏

Rita Casarella

October 9, 2020

To the Casarella Clan,

I miss my dear sweet friend and soul mate so much. We had so many long talks and stories to remember and talks about the kids and how proud she was of all of you. We would talk about our husbands and how much alike they were and laugh at all the funny things they did. We would reminisce about all the good times we had with Mario and Sara when they came to visit and when we would go to Washington. And then there was Gram and Gramp which were good for many hours of stories and laughter. We talked about our daily lives and all our troubles and would solve all the worlds problems in a few minutes. I have to say she always spoke very highly of all her friends at Southington Care and how great they were with her. I’ll see her again some day and we will continue where we left off. In the meantime say “hi”to everyone for me.

Mary Lunn

October 9, 2020

Michael & Family:
I’m so very sorry to hear about the loss of your mother, Lorraine. She was such an amazing, loving, soft spoken, and caring soul. I always enjoyed listening to my grandmother (Mary Regis) talk on the phone with her. The two of them were true best friends and I enjoyed watching them talk with one another when my grandmother visited her at the Care Center. I hope they are talking and laughing together right now up there. I pray the Lord gives you the strength you need to heal during this hard time. 🙏 Love, Mary Lunn. (Daughter of Judy Regis)

Laurie Plourd

October 8, 2020

To Bill, Neil, and the rest of the family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in the loss of your Mom and grandmother. She was always smiling and so kind to everyone. May your memories bring you comfort and knowing that she’s with your Dad, may that bring you all peace. God bless you, Laurie and Russ Plourd

MARIA CASARELLA

October 7, 2020

To all my Casarella Cousins,
I have so many wonderful memories of spending time at your house on Parkview Drive sitting around the big kitchen table, surrounded by a bounty of food, family and laughter. Aunt Lorraine was always at the center of it all with her warm smile and quiet way of showing her love to everyone. She was a gentle and kind person with incredible strength, I'm so grateful to have had her in my life.
Wishing love to all and deepest condolences,
Maria Casarella

RUSSELL TASSIE

October 7, 2020

Neil, Paul, Mike and family, Jeannie and I send our deepest sympathies to you and your family. May your mom rest in the arms of God.

FROM THE FAMILY

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