Lillian M. (Alaimo) Della Rocca, 97, of Enfield, widow of Alfred A. Della Rocca, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Blair Manor in Enfield.
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She was born on July 7, 1915, in the Thompsonville section of Enfield, daughter of the late Benedetto and Carmela (Zarcaro) Alaimo, and resided in Enfield and formerly in Pembroke Pines, Fla. Lillian was a 1932 graduate of Enfield High School and a 1936 graduate of the College of New Rochelle, N.Y., earning a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in science and languages. She was the recipient of five National Science Foundation grants and studied at the University of Connecticut, receiving a master's degree in science education in 1964. Lillian was registered as a medical technologist by the American Society of Clinical Pathology in 1940. She was employed by the State of Connecticut at Undercliff Sanitarium for Tuberculosis in Meriden and by Mercy Hospital in Springfield. Lillian taught physical and earth sciences for 26 years in the Enfield Public School System and for five years as a substitute teacher in Broward County, Fla. Lillian was an inspiring and dedicated teacher. She conducted science experiments, projects, exhibits, and field trips. Lillian was a mentor to young teachers and students. She initiated and organized the first science fair at Hazardville Memorial School, which became an annual event. As an extra-curricular class, Lillian started the Medical Technology Club and was featured, along with the club members, in "Medical Technology Magazine." While a teacher at Kosciuszko Junior High School, she received an award from Allis Chalmers Co. as runner-up in Hartford County for Environmental Education Teacher of the Year. Lillian was affiliated with the American Geological Society and was a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathology, Enfield Teachers Association, and Connecticut Science Teachers Association. She was a communicant of St. Bernard Church, Enfield, and St. Bartholomew Church in Miramar, Fla. First impression of Lillian was her beautiful smile. Caring for her husband and children and keeping family close was foremost. She expressed her thoughtfulness with gifts and letters to family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and classmates. Lillian enjoyed dancing with her husband, Del - the love of her life. She played a big part in planning her Enfield High School class reunions. Reading and crossword puzzles were a favorite pastime. As a Florida resident, she frequented the opera in Miami and she enjoyed activities and travel with the Italian Culture Club at Hollybrook.
She leaves her loving daughter, Catherine P. McCarthy of Enfield; her grandson, Allen Pryor, and his wife, Veronica, of Woodbridge, Va.; her granddaughter, Holly Byce, and her husband, Roy, of Martinez, Ga.; her great-grandchildren, Michael and Kevin Pryor and Joelle Byce; her dear sisters-in-law, Bertha and Lillian Alaimo; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her husband, Alfred, Lillian was predeceased by her son, Alfred J. Della Rocca; her daughter, Marcia L. Pryor; her grandson, Sean P. McCarthy; and her siblings, Matthew and Joseph Alaimo, Catherine Leone Adams, and Vinci Porreca.
Family and friends are invited to gather at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at St. Bernard Church, 426 Hazard Ave., Enfield for a Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of Lillian's life. Burial will be private and there are no calling hours.
Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels is caring for the arrangements.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Feb. 20 to Feb. 24, 2013
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