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Weil, Hon. Lorraine Murphy  
HAMDEN - Hon. Lorraine Murphy Weil, 68, entered eternal life on Sunday, April 26, 2015. Lorraine was born on Sept. 8, 1946, in Flushing, N.Y. She was the daughter of Caroline and Edward Murphy. Edward died shortly after Lorraine's birth. Some years later, Caroline married John Murphy, who Lorraine referred to as Dad. Lorraine is survived by her husband Ronald Sr.; her daughter, Mary Weil Tufaga and her husband, Sapati Tufaga; her son, Ronald Jr., and his wife, Jennefer; granddaughters, Logan, and Carol Ann Tufaga; brother-in-law, Larry Hulack and his wife, Ariel; nephew, Lance Hulack and his wife, Sue Ann, and their daughters, Cameron and Rylee. Lorraine was predeceased by her sister, Carol Ann Hulack. Lorraine graduated from Bishop McDonnell Memorial High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1964. In September 1964, Lorraine entered New York University's College of Arts and Science, where she met Ron. Lorraine and Ron were married in August 1966. They spent the next two years in Furth, Germany, where Ron was stationed while serving in the U.S. Army. Upon return to the U.S., Lorraine worked at United Technologies Research Labs as an engineering aid until her daughter, Mary, was born in 1969. At that time the family moved to Hebron. Ronald Jr. was born in 1973. Lorraine and Ron continued to reside in Hebron until 2002, when they moved to their current residence in Hamden. Lorraine graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University and the University of Connecticut School of Law with High Honors. Upon graduating from law school, Lorraine clerked for the Hon. Robert Krechevsky prior to joining the law firm of Hebb & Gitlin, where she specialized in bankruptcy and financial restructuring. In 1991, she became the first female member of the firm. In 1999, Lorraine was sworn in as the first female U.S. Bankruptcy Judge in the District of Connecticut. In 2013, Lorraine retired as the Chief Judge of the Bankruptcy Court of the District. Lorraine was a life long fan and aficionado of Thoroughbred breading and racing. She loved to travel. Among her many honors, she was very proud of her appointment as a Kentucky Colonel. That said her greatest treasure was her family. Her funeral procession will leave the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Ave., Friday, May 1, at 9:15 a.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Joan of Arc Church, 450 West Todd St., Hamden at 10 a.m. Interment will be private at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, www.trfinc.org , or the Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School Development Department, www.blmhs.org. www.northhavenfuneral.com
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Published in North Haven Citizen on May 1, 2015
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