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Dolores S. LaTerra

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Dolores S. LaTerra Obituary
Dolores S. LaTerra Mar. 19, 1928 - Apr. 10, 2014 COLCHESTER - Dolores S. LaTerra, "Dolly", 86, of Colchester, widow of the late Saverio "Savvy" LaTerra, passed away peacefully Thursday morning (April 10, 2014) at Atria Crossroads Place in Waterford, where she recently made her home. Born March 19, 1928 in Jewett City, she was a daughter of the late Larry and Leda (Pariseau) Richard. Dolly and Savvy were married on Sept. 7, 1946 in Occum. Following his Military Service, they settled in Colchester to raise their family. Early on, they bought a chicken farm – however her true love and vocation was always found in caring for her family. She was a talented seamstress, excellent cook and graceful dancer (especially ballroom), as she was a music lover as well. In later years, Dolly and Savvy enjoyed traveling around the country and cruising the Caribbean before he predeceased her on Jan. 3, 2004. Mrs. LaTerra was a daily communicant of St. Andrew Church in Colchester, where she was a member of the First Friday Rosary Group. Dolly also served as a Greeter, Lector and Eucharistic Minister, both at Mass and during countless visits that she made to local convalescent homes to brighten the days of the residents there. Always remember to "Have a magical day!"… She leaves five children, James and Alta of Florida, Nicky and Gwynette of South Carolina, Ricci and Margie of Niantic, Carri-Lee LaTerra of Madison and Dante and Agata of Niantic; 10 grandchildren, Robert, Kenny, Anthony, Tiffany, Josh, Dante, Danielle, Rachel, Patty and Jennifer; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Mel Richard of Wallingford; and numerous extended family members and friends. In addition to her loving husband of 57 years, she was predeceased by a granddaughter, Crystal Woodtke; and two siblings, Russell Richard and Joan Pickens. Friends may call 5 to 7 P.M. Tuesday at the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home, 167 Old Hartford Road, Colchester. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated 10:30 A.M. Wednesday directly at St. Andrew Church, 128 Norwich Avenue, Colchester. Donations in her memory may be made to the Spellman Council KOC Building Fund, P.O. Box 86, Colchester 06415. http://www.auroramccarthyfuneralhome.com/
Published in Norwich Bulletin on Apr. 11, 2014
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