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LAGATTOLLA, Laraine, D.O. Laraine Lagattolla, D.O., died instantly in an automobile bicycle accident in Cleveland, TX on Thursday, (April 13, 2006) while biking across the U.S. on a women's cross-country bike tour from San Diego, CA to St. Augustine, FL to fulfill a lifelong dream. Laraine was born in the Bronx, NY on September 1, 1947, and lived in Yonkers, NY. She was a graduate of Saint Barnabus High School in the Bronx, received her B.S. from Hunter College in New York, completed a D.O. degree at the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in 1979 in Des Moines, IA and completed a Family Practice Residency Program at Middlesex Memorial Hospital in Middletown. She also completed training as a Gestalt therapist at the Hartford Family Institute. She is survived by her parents, Onofrio and Lena Lagattolla of Boynton Beach, FL; a brother, Richard Lagattolla, also of Boynton Beach, FL; aunt Mary Ferrari; and cousin Carol Stone in Charleston, SC, and another cousin, George Milo in Florida. She left behind Edward Wynn, her beloved longtime companion/husband and soul mate, and their much loved dog, Zoe, in South Glastonbury. Laraine was a physician on Manchester Memorial Hospital's Promptcare staff for 18 years, having retired in 2004 to pursue other interests. Her credo was" If you have more, give more" and, indeed, she had wonderful gifts to give. Laraine loved a wide range of multi-cultural music of more genres than she did not like. She loved art and was an accomplished artist making original pottery and museum quality quilts in abstract patterns of batik with bright colors. Her cooking skills were a delight and she was at home in any kitchen, but to Laraine there was no place like home. She was also an avid swimmer and bicyclist and in the fall of 2005 formed a local women's bicycling club called "Cycling Together". Her love of the outdoors, nature and animals was apparent in her daily walks through South Glastonbury. She took great pleasure in hiking the countryside and walking and swimming at the ocean beaches, especially at Watch Hill, RI. She enjoyed traveling to many locales including Thailand, Italy and Alaska. Laraine held a special place in her heart for New Mexico and California. Laraine and Ed frequently returned there to explore together. She filled her life with an eclectic group of friends to which she continued to add all through her life, no doubt adding one or more from this latest women's cross country bike tour that ended so tragically for her. They also survive her and include her dearest and oldest friend from childhood, Maybette Waldron of Fairfield, Mari Ann Jungerheld of Glastonbury, Robin Dana of Pawcatuk, Claudia Ryan of Farmington, Robie Gilsenan of South Windsor and staff members, whom she considered family with whom she worked for 18 years at PromptCare. Laraine faced her challenges and fears with bravery and panache. She lived her life with vibrancy and honored those she knew and loved with great care and generosity. She leaves behind a legacy of laughter, beauty, generosity, artistic talent, humor, spontaneity, enjoyment, celebration and zest. Calling hours for family and friends are 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, at the Dillon-Baxter Funeral Home, 1276 Berlin Turnpike, Wethersfield. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Augustine's Church, 55 Hopewell Road, South Glastonbury, at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 21. Charitable donations may be made to Amnesty International USA, 5 Penn Plaza, New York, NY 10001, Doctors Without Borders, P.O. Box 1856, Merrifield, VA 22116-8056 or a charity of the donor's choice.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Apr. 18, 2006
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