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Elfrieda Cavallari

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  • "Elfrieda was the person who started my professional life..."
    - Ethel Salonen

Elfrieda Cavallari
Longtime resident of Chelmsford; 87

CHELMSFORD -- Elfrieda (Lasmane) Cavallari, age 87, longtime resident of Chelmsford, passed away Thursday, February 27, 2014, at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston surrounded by family.

She was born to Jacob and Milda Lasmane on September 9, 1926 in Talsi, Latvia where she spent her childhood. From 1941-45, she was imprisoned during Nazi occupation, escaped and became a refugee, survived the Dresden bombing, and came to Boston settling in West Roxbury and then in Holden with her "second" parents, Willard and Edith Ware.

Elfrieda graduated Clark University (BA) and Simmons College (MS, MMP). She worked as head of cataloging at the Air Force Geophysics Laboratory at Hanscom until her retirement in 1997. She was President of the Special Libraries Association New England Chapter from 1983-4.

Working with her Trinity Lutheran Church, Elfrieda was also an early organizer of the 1980's rescue and relocation of Cambodian refugees to Lowell. She enjoyed world travel, as well as time with her friends, son, and home aide, Rita Mukasa.

Elfrieda is survived by her son, Ford Cavallari and his partner, Robyn Reed of Boston; as well as her brother, Walter Lasmane of Latvia. She was the wife of the late Fortunato "Ford" Cavallari, Sr. who died in 2007.

CAVALLARI -- A Funeral Service will take place on Thursday, March 6 at noon at the Blake Funeral Home, 24 Worthen St., CHELMSFORD. Private interment will be at The Gardens of Gethsemane Cemetery in West Roxbury. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Brigham and Women's Hospital Neurology, 75 Francis St., Boston, MA 02115. For online condolences, please visit BLAKEFUNERALHOME.COM
Funeral Home
Blake Funeral Home
24 Worthen Street Chelmsford, MA 01824
(978) 256-5251
Published in Lowell Sun on Mar. 2, 2014
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